SPIRIT VS LETTER OF THE WORD


The Letter of the Word can be found in the pages of the Bible. We can decipher the Letter of the Word by applying our mental faculty of reasoning. At this level, there will always be scriptures that seem to conflict with each other, and yet others that seem implausible. On any issue, therefore, we will be tempted to take the side that can be supported by many scriptures.
The Spirit of the Word cannot be found on the pages of the book. We can only discern the Spirit of the Word by our heart (human spirit) on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This can only be achieved by whole heartedly accepting the Letter of the Word as nothing but the Gospel Truth even when we don’t seem to understand the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of it. A deep relationship with Christ is key to reaching this level of spirituality, which can be attained by forsaking all sinful nature for Christ. In this realm, there will never be any apparent conflict in the scriptures as the real meaning of the scriptures will be realised.
2 Corinthians 3:4-6
4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God.
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,
6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

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