The Letter is Religion, The Spirit is Relationship
Who has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter but of the spirit; for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 2 Corinthians 3:6
I sat across the dinner table last night from a woman wearing a cross. She's a friend of a friend of mine. I wanted to spontaneously ask her if she was a Christian or, which happens often here in Vietnam, she thought it looked cool for jewelry The Holy Spirit held my tongue. I wondered why and within seconds I knew immediately why. I didn't have to ask, I soon found out through casual observation she was a "Religious Person".Her body language, facial expressions, carefully chosen pious language, but especially her air of disdain. The Holy Spirit pressed upon me the notion of, "Jesus knew their thoughts." These scriptures apply: Matthew 15:1-9; Matthew 12:25; Luke 6:8; Luke 11:17. In each of these accounts Jesus was dealing with the Religious, Self-Righteous, Pharisees. When we live by the letter of the law we are religious and religion is our god. When we live by the Spirit we enter into a relationship with our Lord and Savior.
In my devotions today, I found this that supported my experience:Day By Day By GraceBob HoekstraMay 5, 2011"The Letter versus the Spirit[God] also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:6)The "letter versus the Spirit" is another contrast between living by the old covenant or by the new. This is another choice that determines whether we are functioning by man's sufficiency or by God's.A life developed "of the letter" is one built on rules and regulations. We cannot become a child of God by rules; neither can we develop in godliness by regulations. No list of demands (including God's law) could ever bring to us, or develop in us, a life with God. All rules and regulations (including God's law) come without resource. They are a list of requirements, not a supply of adequacy. They call for an observable response, but they provide no power to produce the required effect."Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ may the law serve no other purpose for your children than to run to Christ Jesus to fulfill our compliance with every detail of the 600 plus laws that confront us. Holy Spirit fill us, consume us we pray Amen.
These things speak,and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. Titus 2: 15 . KJV This Blog is written in accordance with 2 Timothy 4:2-3 KJV and 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 KJV Note: I love Israel and the Jews. I am a born again Christian who truly believes the Jews are God's chosen people and abhor replacement theology. For the past year I've been closely following Amir TSARFATI on his BEHOLD ISRAEL YouTube channel. I don't use Facebook, was basically thrown off about 8 years ago for posting content that spread hate (simply posted photos of Islamic thugs murdering innocent civilians) . I also don't use Twitter. Left after 10 years, nearly 10,000 followers, when new rules blocked my 1st amendment rights of free speech. I've been extremely impressed with Amir TSARFATI. I've been thrilled by his ministry. He shares my conservative views, especially achieving peace through strength and not through appeasement. He is very inte
Dear Dr. Eugene Kim, References: a. Dr. Gene Kim video serving God https://youtu.be/LV6j0rB0yos See his comments to Andrew Sheets b. Dr. Gene Kim Teaching video on Trinity c. Dr. Gene Kim Teaching video on 501c3 conspiracy I earnestly pray you receive this opportunity to correct your errant ways. You are a gifted and brilliant young man. Most of your teaching is rock solid. But these glaring issues addressed below must be addressed. BBC International Dear Dr. Eugene Kim, Thank you Sir for responding to my comment (reference a) It’s obvious by your response you haven’t read the blog I sent you about why Brick and Mortar Buildings called churches are not biblical. Most of what you sent me in your response by way of your video teaching is addressed in the blog. As far as using Romans 13:1-7 to defend 501C3 and your building - I address below. After careful consideration - I have to write this as a testimony as a witness submitted as Ambassador for The
And the blessings of Abraham are mine through Jesus Christ. Amen. Galatians 3:14 We're grafted into the seed of Abraham through Jesus Christ. Galatians 3:6-9, 16 ; Romans 9:6-8 ; 11:17, 24 The Seven-Fold What was the seven-fold blessing Abraham received from God? Abraham's seven-fold blessing in Genesis 12:2, 3: - 1. " I will make of thee a great nation, 2. And I will bless thee, 3. And make thy name great; 4. And thou shalt be a blessing; 5. And I will bless them that bless thee, 6. And curse him that curseth thee: 7. And in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. " Let us boldly come before the throne of God through our Redeemer Jesus Christ and boldly, by faith receive these blessings in carrying out our roles as God's High Priests. Amen. NOTES: BELOW ARE NOTES TO SHOW HOW WE ARE THROUGH GOD'S GRACE ABLE TO BE HIGH PRIESTS AND BE EQUIPPED BY BLESSINGS TO CARRY OUT OUR PRIESTLY DUTIES. Especially note how God understands