I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
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God has made many covenants with the people of Israel. The most important one, in my opinion, is the forgiveness of sins. When the priests offer sacrifices for the sins of the people, when the ritual is over, the sins are forgiven. In the new covenant, Jesus died as the passover lamb as well as the sin sacrifice. So, people do not have to sacrifice for their sins. This is different from the old covenant. Before their sins were simultaneously forgiven under the old covenant as the sacrifice was made. But in the new covenant, Jesus sacrificed himself and became the author of salvation, instead of forgiving the sins. So, sinners must come before Jesus Christ and they must do what Jesus tells them to do for their forgiveness. This is entirely different phenomenon from the old covenant. But Christians sneaked and brought the old covenant principle and think that they are forgiven by confessing the blood of Jesus. This is not only ignorance, but it is wrong. They try to use the old covenant forgiveness, with Jesus as sacrifice in the new covenant. By this parable, Jesus Christ tells them not to mix the Old with the New, but to desire the New Covenant as it is.
In this parable, Jesus Christ tells about the fasting in the old testament people. Matthew 9:16-17, Mark 2:21-22, and Luke 5:36-38 mention this parable. Let us take it from Luke, since it has one more point. "Luke 5:33 And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?" These Pharisees and religious Jews, do their fasting; may be once a week; just for the sake of fasting, as a ritual to satisfy their tradition. But the fasting in the old testament was accompanied with mourning; it was a sign of sorrow and repentance; and they sought the favor of God for forgiveness. The disciples of Jesus Christ were with Jesus and they have no reason to fast in grief. So, Jesus replied to them saying, "34 And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? 35 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days." Pharisees were fulfilling the tradition, but Jesus do not care for the tradition. If his disciples have a reason to fast, then they will fast. Fasting must be for a reason. It must not be for a tradition or a show. Then Jesus told this parable to teach them that they must not mix the old tradition with the new covenant. "36 And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old. 37 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. 38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved." Jesus Christ did not teach them tailoring or distillery. He told them not to mix the old with the new covenant.
"39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better." Nobody desires new wine right after they have tasted old wine. Now, we worship God with praise and love songs, flattery and clichés, with ordinances and rituals, and we have included them in the new covenant. Jesus told this parable to teach people not to mix ceremonial worship into the new covenant, that is sacred, which pertained to life, but nor to rituals. In Mark 7 Jesus says, "7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition." Jesus tells us that if we mix traditional ritual worship, with the new covenant that is pertained to life, we have rejected his commandments. And so, we will not enter eternal life or heaven. Jesus Christ warns us not to follow religious traditions. Instead we must obey the commandments of God to inherit eternal life.
"Colossians 2:14 says, Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;" Ordinances are, decrees given by Sanhedrin, which was the Jewish council. Today, they are church regulations and declarations. Jesus Christ has nailed them all to his cross. And so, we do not have to follow the ordinances of the church council. Jesus tells in "Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant." So, church hierarchy must serve believers, and help them to obey God. Instead they demand us to follow their rituals and ordinances. "Colossians 2:15 says having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it." Today, the principalities and powers, are not the Sanhedrin of the Jews, but it is church hierarchy. God triumph over them on his cross and tells them to serve people. "16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:" Jesus Christ tells us (that no man should find fault for observing or not observing) any ritual, or have any such religious celebrations. "17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." The one thing that we must do is to do what Jesus Christ tells us to do. (This is for eternal salvation) *The portion in the bracket is added for clarification; unfortunately, it is not in the video.
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Matthew 28:20, & Mark 16:15. Jesus Christ preached his commandments to obey, as hisGospel; it is the true Gospel to inherit Eternal life. Genesis 3:1-4 & 2 Corinth 11:2-4. But Preachers, who are Serpents of Satan, preach the life of man Jesus just to believe, but not to live as a chaste virgin, as the gospel; it is another gospel, which cannot and will not give Eternal life.
The true gospel will convert evil people to do good and thereby they will inherit the kingdom in heaven.John 3:19-21 say that people are two kinds, evil and true. Evil doers will not come to the Light, who is God; but people of truth come to God for their deeds to be made manifest. We have good and evil people by our standard of our society or culture. These evil people may be converted to be doers of truth by the power of God, and they may inherit the kingdom of God in heaven.
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