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The Parable of the
New Patch On the Old Garment

Putting a New Patch on an Old Garment begs to ask the question of why we would destroy both garments? Fixing a problem in this manner creates an impossible scenario. The result is totally unsatisfactory, risky and has no hope of success.


  • The "imagination" is a whole world inside the mind...

Parables are powerful "word-pictures" that are meant to be engrafted into our thinking...as mental pictures do control our thought-life.

That's where the "imagination" gets involved. The imagination allows mental exploration of the past, present, future. It is the ability to see pictures and images in the "movie theater" of the mind. The imagination is the "workshop" of the human mind. It is the only thing in the world we have complete control over. That's why GOD takes great interest of what goes on there, and judges what we allow to grow there - Genesis 6.5


Matthew 9:16

"And no one puts a piece of cloth that has not been shrunk on an old garment, for such a patch tears away from the garment and a worse rent (tear) is made."


  • You do not tear up a new garment to supply a new patch, old garment combo that can not work
  • Both garments are finally destroyed - the old and the new.
  • The new is destroyed giving to the old, and the old is destroyed because it is not in sync with the new
  • The new patch has not yet experienced shrinking. When it does shrink, it will pull away from the old 
  • Stuff looks good and well connected until it is tried. It then falls apart...when it has to perform as expected.

New Patch On Old Garment Combo

It is sad to see both garments destroyed in the new patch, old garment word-picture.

Spiritually, what Jesus Christ provides the believer cannot be patched onto an old system. Cannot patch Judaism.

Jesus brings a new faith and new loyalties

2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

New attitudes are found in Matthew chapters 5, 6, 7 which are called the Beatitudes (the attitudes to be)

It's a new relationship for us - with GOD the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit of GOD

We get a "new" heart and a new name

Psalms 40.3 "And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord."

Isaiah 62.2 "And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name."

Ezekiel 18.31 "Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

The old will fall apart and be destroyed - if the new is applied to it. The old does not have the capacity to be the strength and foundation for the new. (system)


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