VERY EXPLORATORY THEOLOGY
Law and Spirit are opposites. Law is a standard of operation which can be written, can be recorded as a principle that functions as an instruction or direction in order to achieve a certain aim, the aim that is described by the law itself. The written law which is used as a METHODOLOGY in order to guide and instruct so as to achieve something, necessitates the use of analytical and deductive reasoning as portrayed in Genesis by the VOCALISATION of the serpent’s reasoning.
SPIRIT denotes the life force of something, or may indicate a life form in and of itself, as an independent entity. The operation of LAW necessitates that reasoning process as inherent in the ‘FLESH’, it is NOT independent of flesh but necessitates, engenders its co-operation. This makes it vulnerable to error and to sin.
LAW distracts you from the main deal, it INVOLVES you in a complication of process, whereas SPIRIT IS the ‘main deal’ in itself, and ‘carries you along’ in the ‘wind’, in the rush and character of its very being. While the spoken commandment may be considered to be ‘Spirit’, the WRITTEN commandment as a past event becomes LAW.
Like a magnet, SPIRIT may pre-induce an ‘energy field’ in order for the ‘law’ of it to prevail, but while its characteristics may be observed as ‘law’, its reality is wrapped up in the nature of the spirit, the ‘energy field’ itself. Law requires something of its ‘host’, some contribution by its host, while Spirit contributes ALL that is necessary for the nature of it to dominate that host. Contribution by an inferior ‘host’ is a weak link in the process of changing one nature to another. LAW is directly counter productive to SPIRIT because it interferes with direct communication between God and man.
God is not, nor ever was, a series of laws of instruction or commandment. God is who He is, He is SPIRIT, and only needs to communicate His word for the presence of His word to be effective in enacting change. Therefore he communicates His will via Spirit, HIS SPIRIT, and we need to be “in” the Spirit to be hearing Him.
When we are subjected to “laws”, we become involved in rationalisation and the reasoning process, instead of OBEYING His trusted word directly. [or we remain “robots”]. If we become involved in such rationalisation and reasoning, we can become caught up in the processes of “flesh” instead of the processes of SPIRIT, and then deviate into corruptive error.
Law was used because penalties could be applied to enhance the potency of those laws. Which may have achieved some of the rationalised result, but in other ways it destroyed any potential for those laws to benefit the person who was being subjected to them.
[‘A’ spirit can result from inner ‘institutionalised’ “laws various”, but it needs to be ‘THE’ institutionalised ‘LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE’ as gifted to us by the SPIRIT Himself, that must take control of ‘who we are’][The result of the command was to displace the notion and function of ‘obedience’ and to introduce mistrust of the author of life.][It became necessary to reintroduce a basis for that trust, which JESUS supplied][God’s love became PROVEN (but only through faith), and now provides the ‘go to’ response to His ‘voice’, bypassing anything else. OBEDIENCE is re-established][DENIAL of self, ACCEPTANCE of Him][robots that operate through love are the essential “non-robot”]