Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 23, 2018

“But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 9:14-17.

“Then the disciples of John *came to Him, asking, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?”  And Jesus said to them, “The attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they?  But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.  But no one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment;  for the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results.  Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins;  otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined;  but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”  Matthew 9:14-17.

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What is the common theme of these three illustrations:  fasting, repairing, and preserving?

We do not fast like the Pharisees, because like the disciples, we are with Christ, and even more, we are joined to Christ and filled with the joy and peace of the Holy Spirit.

We are not repaired by the “unshrunk” patch of the inflexible Law so to speak, because we are released from the Law and we are sanctified, repaired so to speak, by the Holy Spirit.

We are preserved by the Holy Spirit, because we died to the Law and have become new creatures in Christ, being filled with the Holy Spirit and serving in newness of the Spirit.

“Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.  For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.  But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.”  Romans 7:4-6.


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