“Then He spoke a parable to them: “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old.” (Luke 5:36 NKJV).

 

Salvation is not a reformation but a transformation of life. It is not patching up, improving upon, repairing or mending man’s sinful, selfish and corrupt nature, but removing and replacing it with a new, loving and holy nature of God.

The new birth is essentially putting off the old nature and putting on the new nature by the operation of the Holy Spirit.

This is why Paul said in Colossians 3:

9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,

10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him (NKJV).

The sin of the first man corrupted the nature of the entire human race. Sin corrupted and destroyed our nature beyond any repair. There is absolutely nothing that can be done to patch up, repair or fix the corruption or damage caused by sin on human’s nature.

Sin is firmly embedded or engrafted in our nature from the womb. It is essentially our inheritance by birth!

The Psalmist testifies, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” (Psa. 51:5 NKJV).

“The wicked are estranged from the womb; They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.” (Psa. 58:3 NKJV).

Apostle Paul also states in Romans 7:

18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.

19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.

20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. (NKJV).

Just as it is natural for dogs to bark and for pigs to wallow in the mire, so it is natural for man born with a sinful, corrupt or depraved nature to sin. It is natural for an unregenerate person to think, imagine or do evil, to flare up at any provocation, to be proud and boastful, to disdain his subordinates, to be lustful, immoral and unfaithful, to be jealous, greedy and covetous, and to be bitter and hateful.

After the fall, God attests to the utter sinfulness, corruption or bankruptcy of man.

The Scripture records in Genesis 6:

5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. (NKJV).

No religion, institution, organization, rehabilitation, or civilization can patch up, improve upon, repair or fix the sinful and selfish nature of man. It is completely corrupt and evil. It can never be improved upon, modified, or made better. Therefore, it has to be put off or changed through the new birth experience.

The Scripture queries, “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one!” (Job 14:4 NKJV).

“Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil.” (Jer. 13:23 NKJV).

God’s plan of salvation does not entail patching up, improving upon, mending, or repairing our sin-ridden nature; rather, it entails replacing our sinful nature with His holy nature.

The born-again believers don’t retain their old sinful, corrupt or depraved nature after the new birth. The believers have only the loving and holy nature of God in their hearts.

Apostle Peter attests to this truth in 2 Peter 1:

3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: {to: or, by}

4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (KJV).

Apostle Paul states in 2 Corinthians 5:

16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once regarded Christ from a human point of view, we regard him thus no longer.

17 Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. (RSV).

Apostle John also affirms in 1 John 3:

8 He who commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

9 No one born of God commits sin; for God’s nature abides in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God. (RSV).

The new birth is essentially putting off the old sinful nature and putting on the new, holy and divine nature by the operation of the Holy Spirit. The transformation of the believer’s heart or nature is completed at the point of spiritual birth or regeneration. It is not a gradual, progressive or ongoing spiritual process. It is an instantaneous, inward, spiritual experience.

The product of the new birth is an entirely new creation, not a reformed, refined or remoulded old creation, with an entirely new Life, Nature and Spirit just like that of Jesus Christ.

The Scripture testifies, “he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” (1 Cor. 6:17 NKJV).

The new and holy nature the believers received through the spiritual birth is completely different to the old and sinful nature they received through the natural birth. These two natures are totally incompatible. No one can have both at the same time!

The Lord Jesus aptly explains the incompatibility of the new nature with the old nature in one of His parables, saying, “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old.” (Luke 5:36 NKJV).

According to this parable of Jesus, it is absolutely impossible to path up the old nature (old garment) with the new nature (new garment). You cannot have both, for they are incompatible. It is either you are an old creation or a new creation; you cannot be a hybrid or a mixed creation.

At new birth, the believers are clothed with the garments of salvation and covered with the robe of righteousness purchased for them by the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

Isaiah testifies, “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10 NKJV).

Beloved, God would not put on you His own garment of salvation and robe of righteousness if you still want to hold tightly to your own righteousness which is like a filthy rag in God’s sight (Isa. 64:6).

It is simply an exercise in failure, futility and frustration to be seeking and striving to patch up, improve upon, mend or repair your filthy rag or garment (old sinful life or nature).

Friend, stop striving in vain to patch up your sinful nature. Get a new, holy and divine nature today by putting your faith in Christ Jesus and confessing and surrendering to Him as your personal Lord and Saviour.

Why not receive God’s garment of salvation and robe of righteousness in the place of your old filthy garment and robe? It is God’s gift to you through Christ Jesus who paid for it with His precious blood!

 

Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, I receive, confess and surrender to Christ Jesus today as my personal Lord and Saviour. Thank You for making me a partaker of Your loving and holy nature. Thank You for clothing me with the garment of salvation and robe of righteousness, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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