Old Bottles

Old Bottles

WHEN IT IS FOUND TO BE DIFFICULT, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE, to enjoy a profitable discussion about new aspects of Biblical revelation with those whose minds are cast in the mould of their theological training, it is well to recall Yahshua’s words:

“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. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:16)

Theology is defined as comprising a system of religious theory methodically formulated. When theological concepts are of long standing, having been subject to revision from generation to generation by the deliberations of ecumenical councils, they are apt to become less and less an interpretation of Bible truth and more and more the traditions of men.

Today much of theology has become a garment worn threadbare. It is impossible to patch it with new revelation accompanying the proclamation of the Kingdom evangel; nor are the majority of those clothed in this garment capable of assimilating the truth pertaining to the nature of His Kingdom in the world today. Just as the over stretched bottle of skin was unable to hold new wine, so today some are unable to accept the great truths pertaining to the restoration of the Kingdom of Yahweh on earth and the administration of its laws.