Why the “Law of the Spirit” is infinitely superior to the Law of the Covenant (Law of sin and death) (written code)…a theological explanation,
Note: If you are not “born again” by faith in Jesus Christ as your Messiah, you do not possess the Holy Spirit and you are therefore a stranger to the New Covenant, its promises, its eternal truths, and what is discussed here will NOT resonate with your fallen-nature and the flesh. Following, is a response to one who idolizes the written code provided at Sinai (1 Corinthians 2:14).
The indwelling Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14) does not project enmity to Sinai’s moral edicts but the Spirit takes the root of what under girds Sinai; that is, the “natural law of conscience” infused within the human genome on Day-6 (Romans 2:14-15), and magnifies that spiritual law through the “new creation” in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) via the human conscience (redeemed through faith) via the daily process of sanctification and that natural law of conscience (Romans 2:14-15) is used by the Spirit to govern behavior and methodically prepares the redeemed for service in the New Jerusalem; this, by covenant promise, a New Covenant articulated, promised, within the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures and established in the blood of Messiah Jesus (Matthew 26:28).
The written code (relevant to the flesh) v. the Law of the Spirit (relevant to the spirit of man through redemption)
The Christian does not consciously live their daily life pursuing letters etched in stone or scratched upon parchment but the Christian is led by the Spirit through the human conscience via the natural law written upon their heart and this is an infinitely superior form of behavioral modification compared to the Old Covenant’s written code demanding perfection from the sin-nature that could NEVER comply with mandated perfection (James 2:10) nor could it ever please Yahweh (Isaiah 64:6) – see Romans 8.
The “deeds that the Spirit” or the work of the Spirit is not the written code per se but the Spirit teaches the “fruit of the Spirit;” (Galatians 5) the fruit of the Spirit fulfills all that the written code demands. The fruit of the Spirit manifests in the life of the redeemed who walk daily in sanctification carefully attuned to or receptive to what the Holy Spirit is teaching and what behavior or decision or discernment the Holy Spirit intercedes-in concerning every moral choice the redeemed discern throughout their daily walk…something that the written code could not do as the written code, its elements that define sin, is easily rationalized away by the sin-nature through obfuscation, rationalized away through a seared conscience, does not adequately address every moral decision, but not so with the Law of the Spirit that governs the conscience…a conscience that is laid bare, enlivened, by Elohim’s truth implanted into the mind and spirit of the redeemed by faith in Jesus; this, by covenant promise (Hebrews 10:16; 2 Corinthians 3:3; Ezekiel 11:19; Ezekiel 36:26; Jeremiah 31:33).
Can you make an attempt to understand the superiority of the New Covenant of Grace through Faith that is the antithesis of the Law Covenant’s written code?
The New Covenant’s Law is spiritual, it is written upon the heart, not upon parchment or etched in stone…parchment and stone that relate to the sinful flesh as the law is given for the lawless (1 Timothy 1:9) – but the Law of the Spirit relates to the spirit of man who is a spirit created in the spiritual image of Elohim (Genesis 1:26-28) (a spirit encapsulated within a decaying body of flesh) and the Law of the Spirit addresses the things of man’s spirit void obfuscation by the sinful flesh…can you understand this – can you understand the superiority of the Spiritual Law written upon the heart v. the Law of the Flesh written on parchment and etched in stone; this is why “letters kill” because they relate to the flesh that is condemned by sin (2 Corinthians 3:4-6), sin that is defined by the written code (Romans 3:20) but the Law of the Spirit relates to the spirit of man that has been redeemed by faith and divinely enlivened to pursue the things of Elohim through the regeneration of that spirit by faith as promised in the New Covenant.
Clinging to the Law Covenant is death to the soul through condemnation by the written code (Romans 3:20) but clinging to the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ as Messiah is LIFE and KNOWLEDGE and PEACE, forever (2 Corinthians 3:4-6). If you live in the flesh you will perish in Hell; if you live by the Spirit provided you by faith in Jesus as your Messiah, the Spirit who governs the redeemed conscience, the spirit of man, you will live, eternally (Romans 8:13).