The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. (2 Corinthians 3:6)
If you want to know the mind ofthe Spirit about anything, you will know it by quickening, byLife in that direction. If you want to know what the Spirit isagainst, you will know it because there is death in thatdirection in your spirit, you have no Life, you say, in thatdirection. All right, that means you know the Lord, you know theSpirit, you know what it is to move on the basis of the law ofthe Spirit of Life in Christ. The Father governed Him by thatlaw. He governs us by exactly the same law when we are joined tothe Lord, one spirit. Guidance, direction, is a matter of Life inthe Spirit, Life by the Spirit. The Lord Jesus had His lifeordered, governed, conducted, arranged in every detail by thequickening Spirit; the Spirit of Life in Christ.
These Jews came along and said: "Here is theScripture, and the Scripture says You ought not to do certainthings, and You are doing them; You are all wrong because theScripture says this!" When Christ so acted was He violating theScripture? Or was He giving God's meaning to the Scripture? WhenGod gave that law, did He not have a fuller meaning than what mensee just on the surface? Was there not a spiritualinterpretation? Was it not pointing on to something, which whenit came was to supersede I do not mean break, but transcend imply because higher, fuller, deeper meaning was reached? Christis God's Sabbath. It is in Christ that God comes to rest in allHis works; His new creation. But they said, "You must abide by theletter!" We put it in that way to show the difference betweentaking the letter and having the Holy Spirit's illumination ofthe letter. Life and the letter are often contrasted in the Word.The letter killeth, the Spirit maketh alive.
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