His purpose is to warn us about trying to mix the two covenants.
The old covenant was to find our acceptance by keeping the law; the new covenant is to find our acceptance purely by our faith in the finished work of Christ.
His point is clear: we should not try to mix the two covenants.
He gives three reasons for this. First, by mixing the two, you will ruin the new covenant and you will not help the old covenant either (“the new garment will be ruined, and the old garment will not be mended”). Secondly, the old covenant is not able to handle the new covenant; the “new wine” will be spilled out and wasted. Thirdly, if we try to live by the old law keeping covenant, we will despise the new covenant, saying, “the old wine is better”.
It requires much faith, but what Our Father desires of his people now is that we turn completely to Christ and let him become our new law, let him become our new life.
It may be a little old fashioned, but let us remember the wristbands with WWJD written on them: “What would Jesus do?”
This requires a whole new mindset and an awareness of Christ’s nearness and involvement in our daily lives.
We must trust that he is with us, guarding and guiding our steps, and teaching us what to say, how to think, and how to pray.
He wants to be both our security in life and our significance in life. As it is written, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.”
Be still and know I am God.
I will take care of you.
Your burdens, I will carry.
My love, I’ll give unto you.
Let me know your needs.
I will see you through.
Trust in me, and you will see
The love I have for you.
Lord, grant now a restful spirit,
Full of joy and peace to share,
Born of hope, mercy, and kindness;
We are courageous, forgiving, and fair.
Bold, triumphant, we serve Christ.
We love others and ourselves the same.
Marching together, one body,
His word will be proclaimed.
~ Brad Heilhecker