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. Dianne Thornton says:

    I don’t believe that we should disregard one iota of Scripture. In Matthew 5:17, Jesus said that He came to fulfill the law, not abolish it. Although in the Old Testament, the Jews were required to obey the levitical law, it never “saved them.” Salvation as always been an issue of faith. (Romans 4:3) The pharisees extended the details of the law to unrealistic measures. Jesus called them out on it in Matthew 23:23, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices–mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law–justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”

    We can be assured … that when we are “following the Spirit,” … not one thing He directs us to do will conflict with Scripture. If it does, then we aren’t listening to the right spirit.

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