Chapter 27, Hearts of Flesh
By Fred Pruitt
What do we think is the meaning of the word “new”? I’m not speaking of an academic meaning, but the meaning behind the word in 2 Corinthians, when Paul says, “Behold, all things have become new.”
And also, why do we think Jesus said we can’t put new wine into old wineskins? It’s because the old has been discarded. What happens to us in Christ Jesus’ death and resurrection completely discards the old. What emerges is something totally new.
That’s what “new” means. It means it is fresh, unused, without spot, unknown, having no past, because it comes from right now. Freshness and innocence in this very moment, springing out of the eternal.
The old is not even used to put the new into. What was old has been transformed, and no longer exists anymore as it was, and has become something utterly not seen before on the face of the earth or in the heavens.
The old is everything we were, or thought we were, everything we seem to be when we consider our human lives. The old is the “man” or “woman” we have always known ourselves to be. It is what we think of ourselves when we consider our strengths and weaknesses.
That person, who we tend to think of in terms of strengths and weaknesses — that person — which is this “false” me — has been “rubbed out.” He is no more. Anything which is of the flesh (and all that is of the flesh) is “poof” — no more!
We live only from the new birth in Christ. And there is no past there, there is nothing to live down, nothing to live up to, nothing to accuse ourselves of. “All things have become NEW.” He is new every moment, and doesn’t know that former chimera who masqueraded as a person in ourselves. Now that the rightful Lord of the Manor has arrived and taken possession of His Own house that He built, He knows and sees only Himself in us. In being “seen” of God, we live only in His strength swallowing up our weakness, where new wine (His Spirit) has been put into new wineskins (our whole selves – spirit, soul, body), and one not seen by the world ever before rises now as a Son of God, bursting into this present moment out of the cornucopia of plenty which surges out of the presence of God within us.
We are the Presence (not we look for “it”). If we see that for even the slightest moment, the whole universe changes. You no longer “need” anything. “And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.” And AS the Presence, the plenty of God is moved through us as bounty, blessing, love and grace to the world around us.
Paul said, “Lift up your weak knees” in faith, and to us that means we are no longer all the things that for years have seemingly dammed up our stream — our lack of dedication, our laziness, our many failures of love, our lack of understanding or our intense desire for others to notice us, to understand us, to know how hard we’ve tried even though we always seem to be coming up short.
We are no longer that! There is no “inner child” to heal. There are no brain convolutions to unravel. There are no traumas that have scarred us for life. Our human history is not a consideration, except as mined gold!
Jesus passed a man at the pool in the temple area, who had lain 38 years in physical impotency. The man couldn’t even drag himself down to the healing pool in time before somebody beat him to it. THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS!
Jesus walked up to him and simply asked him, “Wilt thou be made whole?” He didn’t ask the man his history, so that He could begin the tedious work of unraveling all the wrong thinking, the sins, and the wrong beliefs that had gotten him into that condition. He just asked one simple question: “Wilt thou be made whole?”
All things have become new! You, now (this moment), have a fresh start, for “Now is the day of salvation!” Right now!
The “old Fred” that once was, who had his history and knew what he could do and what he couldn’t do, has gone away and disappeared into a land as far away as the east is from the west and ne’er more will he be seen. The Son of Righteousness has arisen; the True Lord is in His Holy Temple; the winter is past; the sun melts the ice; the rivers break up; flowers pop out of snow banks; trees bud before their time; the fields are white with the harvest and now is the time to reap.