|Matthew 9:17 |
17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles; otherwise the bottles break, and the wine runs out and the bottles perish; but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved."1
1 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles; otherwise the bottles break, and the wine runs out and the bottles perish; but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. The bottle is a man's heart; the heart in the body is the temple of God. Unless a man's heart and body has had the evil removed through repentance on the inward cross of self-denial, the heart cannot contain the filling of the Spirit of God; the Spirit would be lost because the man's evil desires wars with the Spirit of God and would cause it to diminish. Further, a man who had not first been purified on the cross would perish in the presence of God for only the righteous can barely be saved as the Lord snatches them from the fire that every man must pass through; flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. God must give us a new heart, which can hold the new Spirit.
As Jesus said in Luke 5:39, No one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires the new wine, for he will say, 'The old wine is better.' If a sinner did not first have the sins slowly purged out of his heart, while learning to hate all evil, even if that sinner were translated into heaven, he would not be happy because he could not pursue all his old addictions. A man must crucify his lusts and affections on the inward cross of self-denial before he can enjoy fellowship in the heavens.