Effectual Working of the Word
November 14, 2013
Psalm 23 – Part 1
November 16, 2013
Effectual Working of the Word
November 14, 2013
Psalm 23 – Part 1
November 16, 2013

Balance or Mixture

Ponce de Leon lighthouse

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 9:16-17

What man calls balance, God calls a mixture. And God says mixture won’t work.

With all the Biblical evidence, I’m not sure why preachers are still preaching the balance of law and grace. There can’t be a balance. It is either law or grace not law and grace. It’s Galatianism to teach that you are saved by grace but have to live by law.

It’s like putting a piece of new cloth (The New Covenant) on an old piece of cloth (The Old Covenant) because it just makes matters worse. The Gospel of Grace is good news. There is no good news about the law. The purpose of the law was to make people realize they need a savior. The savior brought grace and truth. (John 1:17)

Cloth is like righteousness. You can’t patch up the old robe of self-righteousness of the law. You have to throw off that robe and put on the new robe of righteousness. “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)

The soldiers took away the robe Jesus wore. He wore the robe of the law. He had to live by the law, but knew He would usher in the new era of grace. “And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.” (Matthew 27:28) The scarlet robe reminds us that He would take away the sins of the world.

Revelation 1:13 shows that Jesus had a new robe. “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.”

The scribes wore long robes of the law. “Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts.” (Luke 20:46) But like the prodigal son, the father has given us the best robe. “But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.” (Luke 15:22)

We have the best robe, the robe of righteousness. We aren’t to mix the old with the new. It just doesn’t work.