New Wine Must Go into New Bottles

Dearest Friends in Jesus:
I'd like to give a personal testimony to something I saw occur in a local church many years ago that is forever etched into my memory. In this church, they had not only the spirit of revival, but an abiding anointing. God showed up powerfully in every service with resurrection life, and the spirit of prophecy was resident in the place. The joy of the Lord was very present. New wine was poured out.
Some got so drunk in the spirit they would be slain for hours. After Sunday night services that lasted 3-4 hours, there was so much overflowing quickening energy left over, it was commonplace for the saints to fellowship into the wee hours of the following morning.
There was a period of time in this church where many in the community saw what God was doing, and came to check it out. Some came to mock, and others really got a touch from the Lord.  
From all appearances, they got set free, liberated in the dance, lots of prophecies over their lives, and some even got healed. Several of these joyful converts joined the church choir, and even traveled to other cities to be part of a ministry that brought the blessing of the Lord where-ever it went.
In a very  short time, though, everyone of those who came fell away. Why? Was it because it was a “false revival”? I believe it was because “new wine” was being poured into “old wineskins”. They couldn't really handle what was going on in the realm of the Spirit when it came to this manifestation of “new wine”. They were 'old wineskins' that simply COULD NOT handle the “new wine”. There is a positive end to this story that appears at the end of the article.
But first...
What does the Word say?
(and please note that in this passage of scripture there are publicans and sinners (the worldly element), and there are Pharisees (the religious element) for better understanding of this article. 

 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. 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.  (Mat 9:10-17)

In times of renewal and revival, it's important to remember that a new cloth won't go well with an old garment, and new wine won't work well in an old wineskin. 
When the Pharisees came to Jesus to question Him about His association with publicans and sinners, Jesus made it plain he had a reason for being among them.  He met with them very specifically because he recognized they were sick and needed a physician.  It was the same as being a sinner, and needing a Saviour. You will recall these words of Jesus:
And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.  (Mat 9:1-6) 

Jesus was with the publicans and sinners that He might call them to repentance.  Repentance means to change your mind, to turn completely around, to do a 180, and go the other way.  If you were heading East, you are now heading West.  If you were heading North, you are now heading South. 
 Jesus didn't come to put His new wine of the kingdom of God in their old dirty wineskins.  He didn't come to sew His new cloth into their old smelly, worldly garments.  Jesus wasn't fraternizing with the world because He had the world's appetites.  He was there getting people to come OUT of the world.  Jesus was on a mission.   His mission was to convert some old publicans and sinners into some new wineskins who could receive the new wine.
If ever Jesus was wielding a two-edged sword, it was in this exchange with the Pharisees.  He was essentially telling them that their old traditional religious ways were like the old wineskin.   This causes many to conclude that the "new wineskin" is some novel, catchy new approach that attracts people to the gospel message, and in most instances it plays out to the church copying the world in order to be "relative".   
But God is not at a loss when it comes to winning the lost.  He doesn't need the devil's program to entice people into the kingdom of God. He doesn't need the devil's music, and He doesn't need the devil's habits, and He doesn't need the devil's slang, and He doesn't need the darkness of the devil's "light show."  He doesn't need the devil's party to get people's attention.  I once heard someone say, "If you don't have a gift, then you've got to have a gimmick".
The "new wineskin" is not a change in delivery of the message, or the style of how you preach, or going from being a pulpit thumper in old-fashioned revival services  to having fireside sweet little chats at a Christian Coffee house.  Any venue that produces true converts is GOOD, and who can find fault with those things??  But that is not the "new wineskin". 
If the "new wineskin" isn't a change in ministry or evangelism styles to suit the day we live in, than what is it? 
The Bible always interprets itself. 

There is a "new creature".  

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  2 Cor 5:17
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.  Gal 6:15

There is a "new lump", void of the "old leaven".
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is  sacrificed for us.  2 Cor 5:7
There is a "new man".

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.  Ephesians 4:24
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:  Col 3:10

The new wineskin is the same as the "new creation" or the "new lump" or the "new man".  It is that one who has truly put off the old in order to be a new creation in Christ Jesus.  The "new wineskin" is you and me when we put off not only the old sins and habits and iniquities of the flesh, but it is you and me as we also put off vain religion and dead traditions of men.

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.  (1Pe 1:18-25)

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not After Christ.  Col 2:8
Being a "new wineskin" has nothing to do with how long you have been saved.  It has nothing to do with being able to easily accept every new fad that comes down the Hallelujah Trail.  You can be saved for 60 years and not know any of the latest Christian contemporary music or worship songs, and still be a  "new wineskin".

You can attend the latest revivals, read the latest Christian books, have your prophecies on the Elijah List, and if there has been no real repentance in your life, you can still be a very old wineskin. 

  Being a new wineskin means you are always spiritually alert to your own condition so that you can quickly repent in order to be a vessel that can hold all that the "new wine" represents in the kingdom of God. Being a new wineskin means you have a heart that is willing to walk in present truth. To walk in “present truth” means we understand the current emphasis of the Spirit of God in our own lives. If you're a new baby Christian, it means you've got a desire for the “sincere milk of the Word” that ye may grow thereby. (See 1 Peter 2:2) Why should we desire to be a "new wineskin"??  Because the Lord tells us very plainly what the outcome of pouring new wine into old bottles will be.  Those old bottles will break and perish.     If you're an old wineskin, an old wine bottle, wearing an old garment, and think you can handle the new wine, you're thinking dangerously.  You are thinking in a way that is deadly to your eternal soul.     The Bible says you will BREAK and you will PERISH.
 In order to be a "new wineskin",  you must  come to such a strong repentance from  the old ways and the old life until you KNOW that you're a totally brand new and different person.  

How do you know that you're a brand new and different person? How do you know that you've been born again from above by the incorruptible seed of the Word of God?  It's because now you've got the Love of the Father rather than the Love of the World. 
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15
And in loving the Father more than the world, you will be identified  with a  a holy remnant in the earth that knows the best way to win souls will always be the preaching of the gospel under the unction of the Holy Ghost after a heavy night of travailing in prayer that souls might be birthed into the kingdom of God . 
The holy remnant puts  the new wine of what they have received from God into some new wineskins.  Thus the true new wine of the kingdom is always being multiplied.  There is a holy remnant that can discern between a new wineskin (a true convert), and an old wineskin, or one who may have some “Christianese” lingo going for him, and maybe some little “awareness” of the Lord, and maybe some little touch of the Lord in the soul realm , but no real change, no true fruits of repentance in his/her life.
The “old” is speaking of the unregenerate ways of the “old” man, whether it be in sin, or dead religious tradition. 
The "new wineskin"  is not speaking of any style gimmicks in evangelism that ministers expect God to anoint in order to bring in the harvest.

God's Word will not return to Him void. The Apostle Paul said to be “all things to all men”. Those efforts may be fruitful, but they are not the “new wineskin”. A true convert is God's “new wineskin”.

When you have heard the true preaching of the gospel, and come under true conviction of the Holy Spirit, and have true remorse for your sins and habits and worldly ways that leads you to a true repentance, you'll know  this is not some silly, mindless rock and roll concert where you've just "changed partners".  Submitting yourself to the Lord to be a "new wineskin" is the most serious commitment you'll ever make in your life. 
 You're not going to be ashamed of the real gospel of Jesus Christ, and you're not going to wince at being a "peculiar people". That's what OLD wineskins do!!  
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1Pe 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: 1Peter 2:9,10
To those who pervert the holy truth about being a new wineskin: 
 God is grieved!!  The message of the "new wineskin" has been perverted to make the Christian think he can be popular with the world! Why do Christians  want to use the ways and the appearance of the world to preach a Holy Gospel?  Do you think God is at a loss for ideas and is turning to the devil for the answers?  NO!
It's not God that's turning to the world and the devil for a pattern for attracting sinners to the house of God or the move of God or the gospel of Jesus Christ.  It's preachers who haven't learned yet how to "pray through".  It's a gimmick.  Many are calling their "gimmicks" the "new wineskin".  The new wineskin is not a gimmick.  The new wineskin is the sanctified life, cleaned up and ready to receive the new wine.  It's not about style of ministry, whether you're "in the mainstream" or "old order". 
The new wineskin is you and it's me, forsaking the old ways of our wretched carnality, sinful lifestyles, and dead traditions walking in newness of life, putting off the old man, and putting on the new man, which is created after the image of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 If you are a minister of the gospel, depending on gimmicks, I believe if you'll repent of your "gimmick", and seek the Lord, seek Him with your whole heart, He will give you a gift, and not only will He give you a gift, He will birth within your spirit a true ministry, and when you thrust the sickle into the harvest, you'll reap a fruit that remains!  You won't just be putting new wine into old wine bottles that are going to end up breaking and perishing.  You won't be pouring your water into broken cisterns that can hold no water. 
 God is looking for discerning ministers of the gospel who are believing Him for the NEW WINE to go into NEW WINESKINS! 

Now, what about my story that started this article? In due season, this same church which saw such a falling away of those who seemed to have an experience with the Lord in time of revival were replaced with a new crop of converts. Only then, the pastor of the church started a “First Principles” course to teach these new converts the foundations of the faith. He made sure they qualified as “new wineskins”. They had their foundations rightly laid. To dance joyously before the Lord, get prophecies, and get slain in the Spirit was not enough. They came to understanding of true repentance. And what was the outcome?
This particular group of new converts, who came to the Lord in the early 70's are all still serving the Lord and living for God today with great devotion and singleness of heart and purpose!
Always in the Love of Jesus,
CJ DiPilato