New Wine Is Hard To Swallow
New Wine Is Hard To Swallow
THE PRESENT TRUTH
For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. (2 Peter 1:12)
What exactly did the apostle Peter mean by the phrase, the present truth ? Was Peter indicating by this phrase that the truth of the present day can somehow differ from the truth of the past?
Peter had certainly earned the right to speak on the subject because in the years prior to his writing his second epistle Peter watched as the religious traditions his forefathers held as truth were turned completely upside down.
It all began on the day his brother, Andrew, came declaring: "We have found the Messiah ." (John 1:41b) Yes Jesus changed everything. Yet the Father knew that He would send His Son from before the foundations of the earth. It was always the truth from God's perspective. Mankind however did not comprehend it until the fullness of time when the Son of God and Son of Man was born in Bethlehem. Regrettably some have never comprehended it.
Peter was forced to come to terms with this idea of the present truth because he lived in a time when God was doing a new thing. Thus in order to make the transition from the traditions of his forefathers to the present truth of the New Covenant, it was necessary that Peter's knowledge of the Father's plans and purposes be updated. And our knowledge of the Father must also be updated for God is doing a new thing in our day as well.
So as the Scripture indicates, Peter's perception of the truth went through a slow and often painful conversion from the truth he was taught as a child to the present truth of the New Covenant. Therefore the perception of present truth is from the human side for God does not come to truth progressively as humans do. That which is new to us is not new to the Lord at all because He transcends time. God knows the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end. He waits however until the fullness of time before He reveals certain truths to us. Like intelligence agents or military personnel we operate on a "need to know" basis. In other words:
God sends us new wine in its season: when we need to know.
Try to understand new wine like this: because completely comprehending the infinite God was impossible for mankind the Lord decided to reveal Himself to us from glory to glory and from faith to faith. (2 Corinthians 3:18) Yet we will not know Him completely until we put on immortality. (1 Corinthians 15:53b and 1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV) Thus there will be times when the Lord our God must send us new wine.
We live in just such a time. But be aware that the transition to the new wine is very difficult indeed for there are many roadblocks set in our path by the Enemy.
THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL
From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, "Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!" But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." (Matthew 16: 21-23)
In this passage of Scripture Jesus rebukes Peter soundly but why? If you will, allow me to paraphrase what Jesus said to Peter just to make a point:
'Peter, why have you let Satan put his words in your mouth? You are an offense to me because your mind is not filled with the knowledge of God. Instead you have attempted to discern good and evil by your own human mind, will, and emotions.'
Yes Peter had apparently come to the conclusion that the C