Scripture: Luke 5:37 NASB “You’re Probably A Dispensationalist”
” . . . no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined.” Luke 5: 37
What is a dispensation? Maybe you’ve heard of dispensationalism. Chances are you’re a dispensationalist. Why do I say that?
Do you believe that there is a difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament? Your Bible probably does. Chances are (very big chances are . . .) that it is divided between Old and New Testament. So whoever put it together also believed in a difference between the Old and New Testament. Or if you don’t sacrifice lambs, you probably believe in a difference in dispensations.
What is a dispensation? It is the fact that God deals differently with people at different times and in different eras. For example before and after the Fall . . . a difference? (Yes.) Before and after the Flood? (Yes.) Before and after Moses? (Yes.)
In our verse here today, Jesus is teaching the legalists of his day that there was a new day dawning. Things will be different (cf. 1Jn. 2: 8, ” . . . the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining”). In the new era, it would not be possible to pour old wine into new wineskins. Only new wine, the new theology of grace, would be compatible with new wineskins. The legalists of Jesus’ day, the religious leaders, would be content with old ways of Moses and would care about the new wine.
How are you doing? Are you living in the new age of grace?
If you are, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30: 19)!
Even today, many Christians are content with legalism. Legalism is any system of commands that are not found in the New Testament and are made an authority. They bind people up and keep them from being free. Having to perform “good works” for salvation is a biggie. Others include prescriptions regarding dress, music, or formalism in music. I am not talking about Biblical principles but non-biblical prescriptions. Are you guilty of any legalism that keeps you from enjoying the full grace of Christ?
The purpose of the “Choose Life” is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: A Mixer At Levi’s Party