We are to run this race looking unto Jesus, comparing ourselves with Him alone, all the time.Thus alone will there be a constant cry from our hearts, "O wretched man that I am" - for we shall be constantly aware of how unlike Jesus we are, even when we have come to a life of victory over conscious sin.These and other similar attitudes show how strong self still is in us - the old wine has not yet run out; and Jesus waits on the sidelines doing nothing for us. I had only heard about you (second-hand) before, but now I have seen you and I loathe myself and repent in dust and ashes'' ().If only we allow God to break us, if only we would humble ourselves and gladly accept death to our rights and reputation, how quickly He could lead us into life under the new covenant! This is what happens when God has finally broken us and given us a revelation of Himself.To come back to that, we must be willing to do violence to every tradition of man that is contrary to God's Word ().
There is no standing in the light, but rather a walking - a progression closer and closer to Him in whom there is no darkness at all.
The old wine was made with human effort, over a period of many years - but it could not meet the need.
This is a parable of life under the law - the old covenant.
We no longer desire to throw stones at the woman caught in adultery, for we are aware in Jesus' presence, of the sin in our own flesh, and we cry out, "O wretched man that I am", rather than "O wretched woman that she is" (). And this is really the test of whether we have just a religion and some doctrines or whether we are living before the face of God Himself.
Has the wine run out in our personal life, our married life or our assembly life? He will write His laws in our heart and mind, making us to will and to do His perfect will ().