I’ve been on holiday for a week. Which is always a great time for contemplation. And these are a few of my mullings:
It is time for a new wineskin.
Then the disciples of John came to Jesus, inquiring, Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, [that is, abstain from food and drink as a religious exercise], but Your disciples do not fast? And Jesus replied to them, Can the wedding guests mourn while the bridegroom is still with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 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. Neither is new wine put in old wineskins; for if it is, the skins burst and are torn in pieces, and the wine is spilled and the skins are ruined. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved. Matthew 9:14-17 Amp.
Christ -The Anointed One abides in us. The Spirit dwells within is. We are the earthen vessels, the containers so to speak, the dwelling place of God.
And our revelation of who God is, is what we release to those around us. Our wineskin contains our revelation.
Twenty years ago there was a stretching of wineskins as God began revealing Himself in a fresh way as The Father. Our eyes were unveiled (and continue to be) to His love and intimacy , to His goodness, and near-ness. We became fresh wineskins as we mourned for Him. That is, we began to see our lack in our understanding of who God is, we longed for Him, we cried out for Him, to meet Him in His aspect of the Father that we had not known. We were undone by His love.
Now God is beginning to stretch us again. He is adding to our revelation of who He is. He is beginning to display Himself in His Greatness and Power. It will take a fresh new wineskin to hold this.
We are to contain both aspects of who He is. His intimacy, love and goodness, as well as His majesty, His awe generating Greatness, His Holiness. His Glory. It has to be both. That is who He is.
I’ve heard His Glory described as His reputation. It is who He is displayed. His Glory is not shared with us…it’s not our power and might. Yet Jesus says we are given His Glory. We contain His reputation, we are to be wineskins holding the revelation of who God is. Witnesses of His supernatural love, supernatural peace, supernatural hope, supernatural resurrective power.
I don’t think we are able to comprehend what this will look like. We’ve heard of stories from the past, just take Azuza Street for example. But that was one church. What will it look like on mass worldwide scale?
I know my wineskin needs refreshing, renewing, replacing, updating – however one would phrase it. New wine is put into fresh wineskins. I am surrendering my old wineskin, saying God I want to hold the fresh revelation you are bringing. Greater understanding of who you are!