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The Parable of the
New Wine In Old Wineskins

Getting the most value depends on not making the New Wine In Old Wineskins mistake. Old, mature wine is the most valuable, most expensive wine. It tastes best. But to get there, new wine has to mature. What container is used is critical. The wrong vessel to house maturing wine will burst. Wine lost. Value gone.



  • 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


It's the safe way...

Matthew 9.17 "Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."

Luke 5.37-39 "And no man puts new wine into old wineskins; else the new wine will burst the skins, and itself be spilled, and the skins will perish.

"But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.

"And no man having drunk old wine desires the new; for he says, the old is better."



  • no man puts new wine into old skins - neither does GOD
  • we are guilty of trying to preserve the old "containers" afraid to put them aside and trusting the new vessel GOD may want to use
  • if the old vessel does not qualify, then do not entrust new ideas, new wine into its care, as the stretching and maturing process may be too much for the old skin
  • remember where the value is - it is the wine, not the container...
  • some things long held by the old order must be released in order to preserve that which is of greater value
  • why do we continue to try and save the old vessel?
  • the new does not mix or integrate into old traditions
  • Trust GOD when He chooses the younger generation to carry His anointing
  • misguided selfishness always tries to hold on to old ways...



New Wine To Be Put Into New Containers

When Jesus Christ spoke of old containers and newly stored wine, he referred to the standard storage options of the time.

Taking fresh wine while it was still fermenting, and  placing it in an old vessel would ultimately destroy it.

Old containers became brittle and could crack with the gaseous liquid being introduced. They could only be used for old wine.

Obedience to God’s Spirit introduces a radical change of thinking –

  • where love is to be extended to enemies,
  • a total denial of self is required
  • possessions given to the poor
  • turn the other cheek

Few, Jesus taught, would find this new and narrow path - Matthew 7.14

Many just try to attach the new to the old traditions, the comfortable way of always doing things -

We are called to be flexible - as new wineskins are flexible to meet the needs of the fermenting new wine...


The Holy Spirit is the fermenting agent within the spirit of man...

Maturity takes place, and takes time

A mindset is crucial as the stretching, pressure and maturity takes place...

  • New wine is un-matured wine
  • Old wine is better wine than new wine
  • People unwisely put more value in the wineskin - not in the wine. The "outward appearance" issue comes to the surface again
  • The container is NOT the wine - its what is in it that counts, that people buy
  • Each generation has a responsibility to pour into the younger in order to preserve what GOD is saying
  • GOD does not pour new wine into old containers, and it has nothing to do with the age of any vessel, or person
  • What gets poured into who - depends entirely on one's relationship with GOD
  • Some older saints and denominations refuse to accept change
  • Some churches are just plain "worn out" - they are a broken system
  • It is great to appreciate the old - but dangerous to resist the new
  • New wine needs time to go through the process of change. Back off, and allow it to happen...
  • Old wineskins are incapable of handling the "pressure" of the new
  • It is possible for an older wineskin to be rejuvenated, usually by rubbing oil into its skin...but to some, that is too much effort!

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