Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 29, 2018

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 5:36-39.

“And He was also telling them a parable:  “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and puts it on an old garment;  otherwise he will both tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old.  And no one puts new wine into old wineskins;  otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined.  But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.  And no one, after drinking old wine wishes for new;  for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’”  Luke 5:36-39.

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Faith in the Law and man’s ability to obey the Law is like the old garment and old wineskins.

Faith in Christ and the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith in Christ is like the new garment and the new wine.

You cannot combine the two.

“Are you so foolish?  Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?”  Galatians 3:3.

“You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law;  you have fallen from grace.  For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.”  Galatians 5:4-5.

And, other doctrine based on man’s works, or based on even as little as man’s will, is also like the old garment and old wineskins.

And, Reformed Doctrine based on God’s work and God’s will to provide all that we need for salvation is like the new garment and the new wine.

You cannot combine the two.

Q. 30.  Do such then believe in Jesus the only Savior, who seek their salvation and welfare of saints, of themselves, or anywhere else?

A.  They do not;  for though they boast of Him in words, yet in deeds they deny Jesus the only deliverer and Savior;  for one of these two things must be true, either that Jesus is not a complete Savior, or that they who by a true faith receive this Savior must find all things in Him necessary to their salvation.  Heidelberg Catechism.

Those who live by the Law or other doctrine are like those who drink old wine and think it is good enough.  

God’s grace makes us new creations and enables us to leave the Law and live a new life in Christ.

“Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.  But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.”  Galatians 3:24-25.

“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.”  Romans 7:4.

God’s grace also gives us new understanding that Scripture is best summarized by Reformed Doctrine and enables us to leave other doctrine and cling to Reformed Doctrine.  God’s grace gives us faith in God’s work and God’s will to provide all that we need for salvation.

“And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.”  Luke 8:10.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature;  the old things passed away;  behold, new things have come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17.

“Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”  Romans 6:4.


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