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The next thing we are to take unto ourselves is the wine. The new wine represents the revelation of God’s Spirit-filled Word. The first miracle Jesus did was turning the water into wine. In order for God to do this in our lives, we must remember the words of Jesus’ mother to the servants:
“And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto Him, They have no wine. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.” John 2:3 & 5
If we desire to partake the of the new wine, then we must be willing to obey every commandment Jesus gives us in His Word. We must not murmur and complain and say it is too hard and too inconvenient.
“And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.” John 2:6
These were stone water pots. Most of the water pots in Jesus’ day were made of fired clay, but these were made of stone. Notice, there were six stone water pots. Six is the number of man. These stone water pots were the living stone water pots spoken of by Peter:
“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” I Peter 2:5
The word lively should have been translated alive or living stones. These living stones were built up into a Spiritual house, the body of Christ. Jesus told His servants:
“Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.” John 2:7
God’s stone waterpots are to be filled to the brim with the life-giving water of God’s Word. It is only then God will turn the water into new wine. Or, this is when the revelation of God’s Spiritual Word will be revealed in our lives.
“And He saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.” John 2:8
The governor of the feast is Christ Jesus, the Father.
“And when the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that had made wine, and knew not whence it was: but the servants which drew the water knew; the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.” John 2:9-10
God has kept His new wine ministry until the end of the age. And this new wine ministry will minister with all the revelation God has anointed them to give. This new wine will be put into God’s new wine bottles. Three of the four gospel writers referred to this parable. Jesus spoke to the scribes and Pharisees:
“And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.” Luke 5:37
The old bottles are those who, through their tradition and doctrines of men, will not change. They are set in their ways, unable to receive the new wine. There is no resilience in their walk. They have become hard and unuseable, like an old wine skin.
If you were to put new wine into these old wineskins, then the wineskin would burst, and the new wine would be wasted. The new wine would simply run out, giving no refreshment because it was rejected in the old wineskin. This is a picture of the old, church system who desire no Kingdom teaching. They only desire the milk of the Word. Timothy gives us insight to these old wineskins:
“For the time shall come when they will not endure sound doctrine: but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.” II Timothy 4:3
These old wineskins only want teachers (preachers) who will tickle their ears. Before they will hire one of these hirelings, they must be tried out in the pulpit. If they tickle the ears of the listeners, then they are hired. As long as they do not step on anyone’s toes, they have a job. But if they want to proclaim the true Word of God, then they will be dismissed, and the process starts all over again. This is why the new wine can only be put in new wineskins – – – the new creation man who is created in righteousness and true holiness. This new man is the one who has allowed the Kingdom to come within, without observation. Jesus also relates to us:
“No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.” Matthew 9:16
This Scripture has the same meaning. If we try to patch up our old beliefs with a new belief, then the tear becomes worse. We need to throw away the old garment of flesh and put on the new robe of righteousness. We cannot patch up the old.
The apostle Paul had all the religious credentials, but as he related:
“Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews: as touching the law, a Pharisee;” Philippians 3:4-5
Paul followed the law of Moses to the letter. He was a Benjamite, an Hebrew of the Hebrews. But Paul counted all these fleshly benefits as dung, so that he might answer the call of Christ in his life. After Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, he could profoundly state:
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,” Philippians 3:13
When Paul met Jesus, he forgot all his religious affiliations, and never looked back at those who were still relying on their associations in the past. This same thing has happened to the few, the little flock, God has called out of the church system. As Jesus related, “Many are called, few are chosen.”
God cannot use us if we are glued to our religious pews. We cannot remain in the old wineskins, while we are trying to patch our old religious beliefs.”