The Letter kills…

It might be very confusing at times! Someone says that we follow the Spirit and not the Letter, someone else says that part of the letter is important when other is not a priority. Others claim that we follow our heart where the Spirit is and as long as some part of the Bible can be not followed…why should we follow the rest?

Confusing isn’t it? It is a great subject for discussion, so if you feel, please make your comments. Dialogue is good. Going through the pages of the Word of God, we see the Lord making dialogue even with people that he knew already that they were mocking him in their hearts.

2 Corinthians 3v3-6

“You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

Today, this post is more about challenging our thoughts and seeking understanding, God’s understanding and wisdom as the main question is:

  • Where the letter stops?
  • How we follow the Spirit without damaging the doctrine?
  • What we keep from the Old covenant and what we do not?

Do you remember the story about Jesus healing a person during Sabbath and he was accused that he was not following the doctrine (which was the Law at that time). Jesus explained the priorities. Somebody would say that He is the Lord, He is allowed. Ok, what about the disciples at Matthew 12v1-2?

How that applies during our era, the New Testament – without disobeying God’s instructions?

So, now, I can say good bye and let you think! (Do you hate me? Hahaha, smiles!)






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2 Responses to The Letter kills…

  1. outdeep says:

    Good topic, Dimitra. In my view, Jesus was never violated the Sabbath. He upheld that law. Much of the argument was about priority between the laws. For example, there was a law that said to circumcise on the 8th days but what if the 8th day was the Sabbath? The priority in the thinking at that time was with the circumcision. However, the priority in their thinking was also that the Sabbath took precedent over healing.

    Another aspect is the “fence” or tradition that grew up around the law. For example, we better not pluck grain in the fields to eat because if we pluck grain, it might be work and if it is work we violated the Sabbath. There was no law against plucking grain. They just felt that to be sure we don’t fall off the cliff of violating the Sabbath by doing work, we better outlaw plucking grain when hungry as a “fence” to keep us away from the cliff.

    I wonder if the Spirit’s role is to help us to keep God’s word in a way that truly loves God, loves others and is a delight and not a burden. We should obey God’s word but if we are doing it right, it probably feels more like love than duty.

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