I’m no seamstress but since Jesus said it, I’m going to believe it is true.
“Who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before.” Matthew 9:16
I guess people prefer to continue to wear what is comfortable
instead of going out and buying something new.
But what if you didn’t have to?
What if someone gave you a gift and the new clothing was free?
Would you throw out the old clothing and wear the new?
Or would you try to hold on to the two?
Let’s suppose Jesus isn’t talking about jeans, shirts, a dress or shoes, but the skin of the heart that contains our spirit - the vessel that was created to carry the essence of God. Perhaps that is also why Jesus said, “No one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.” Matthew 9:17
There is no way our spiritual hearts could contain the Spirit of God and still serve Satan, the prince of this world! Our spiritual temples would burst under this kind of spirit-filled pressure. It would be like trying to balance on a fence; when a whirlwind comes we would buckle and bend and either fall to one side, or become lukewarm by putting one foot into each other.
Don’t you know that we were not created to “serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” Matthew 6:24
This is where the Parable of the Tenants that Jesus speaks of in Matthew 21 comes from.
I implore you to read it and decide which kind of tenant you are.
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
The Lord says to those who choose to keep one foot in this world,
“Let me sing for my well-beloved
A song of my beloved
concerning His vineyard.
My well-beloved had a vineyard
on a fertile hill.
He dug it all around, removed its stones,
And planted it with the choicest vine.
And He built a tower in the middle of it.
And also hewed out a wine vat in it;
Then He expected it to produce
good grapes, But it produced only
“He sent his son to them, saying, They will respect my son.’
But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves,
This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’
And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.”
“When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes,
what will he do to those tenants?”
“I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits.” Matthew 21:37-41, 43
The Lord says,
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert”. Isaiah 43:19
God, He who is seated on the throne says, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he says, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5
“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”
2 Corinthians 5:17-19