New Covenant Ways – BT10
How can the “New wine” of Christ’s blood be put into the “old wineskins” of the OT?
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The “NEW wine” of Christ’s blood purification and righteousness will cause the “old wineskins” of OT commandments for blood purification and righteousness will burst these wineskins to “actually, apollumi absolutely, permanently destroy them.” But how? Jesus told Jews who thought catastrophes came apon some people because God was judging them for being sinners, that “unless you repent/turn, you will all likewise be actually, apollumi absolutely, permanently destroyed.” Unless they turned to Jesus, they all were going to be judged as sinners! There OT rules were absolutely NOT going to save them, but only His atoning blood! Jesus warned the Jews concerning the Christians: “I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruit. And the one who falls on this stone (a) will be broken/shattered to pieces, but upon whomever it falls, it shall actually crush him into powder” (b). Sure, total surrender through repentance and publicly confessing your sins and coming to Jesus for water-baptism to make Him “Lord” is a painful process, often with many tears of sorrow. I bawled like a baby when I became aware of the holiness of God, the wickedness of my sin, and my desperate need for a Savior! But the alternative is to face eternal judgment and be crushed into utter dust! <Notes> a) lithos: the stone the builder rejected that became the cornerstone of the entire building – Matthew 21:42, b) Matthew 21:43-44 citing Isaiah 8:15.
The OT Law of commandments being held in trusting-relying-faith by a Jew or fallen-away Jewish-Christian will be absolutely crushed them into dust, despite their beliefs. Remember that “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (a), and under the Law almost everything is purified with blood. Trying to simply add the New wine’s “purifying blood of Christ” into the “old wineskins” of “the Law of commandments for righteousness” utterly destroys the effectiveness of the Law in keeping a Jew right with God under the Law because according to the Law, there are only 613 ways to be righteous, and Christ is not one of them. So they have broken the Law and are doomed. These people are between covenants and just as damned as the Gentile world! Remember that “whoever does not believe in the Son is condemned already” (b). <Notes> a) Hebrews 9:22, b) John 3:18.
The Jewish-Christian that has the “New wine” blood of Christ, but tries to put this into the “old wineskins” of the Mosaic Law, actually profanes the blood of Christ and falls away from New Covenant unconditional-favor-of-grace because they’ve gone back to trusting-relying-faith in the old covenant. They are also between covenants! There no longer remains a sacrifice for sins (a). They once knew The Truth of Jesus as the ONLY way to the Father (b), and then rejected The Truth! How can they be saved? The old covenant was only to prepare Jews for the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, but if they have had it and then rejected it, how can they then be saved? There is no hope for them! However, those who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law (c). It’s much better to have sinned without the Law then to have been under the Law, left it for Christ, but then rejected Christ and went back to the Law. Nothing can save them now because the Law was only to prepare them for the Christ they then rejected! On judgment day, they will be crushed to dust! <Notes> a) Hebrews 10:26, b) John 14:6, c) Romans 2:12.
As Christian musicians, we simply can’t straddle the fence between 2 opposite covenants. The New Covenant of Christ’s blood righteousness doesn’t fit into 613 OT commandments for righteousness. To do one covenant breaks the other. The old covenant will crush you to death as a Jew just as much as a Gentile on Judgment Day, because the whole purpose of the old was for the NEW. To reject the NEW gives you NO hope!
Lord, we totally surrender all hope for righteousness outside the blood of
Christ and the enabling-power of His Spirit of holiness. We dare not put the “New wine” of Christ’s blood into any part of the “old wineskins” of the OT Law of commandments for righteousness.