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We Follow The Spirit Of The Law, Not The Letter Of The Law

To Christians, everything that God tells us to do in the Bible is law to us, whether it be given by Moses or by the other Bible writers. We are instructed to live by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
       
      "But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by
       bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of
       God." (Matthew 4:4 KJV)
However, we must look beyond the written letter of the law to discern its spirit. Then we follow the spirit of the law, which is in accord with the Holy Spirit of God, Who dwells within us.

We are bound by the spirit of the law, not the letter. By following the spirit of the law, we fulfill the law as God intends for us to do. This gives us wonderful freedom, because we naturally desire to do those things which the law requires us to do!

      "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am
       not come to destroy, but to fulfil." (Matthew 5:17 KJV)
Jesus is the fulfilment of the law. His Holy Spirit will lead us into true understanding of the written words of law, as they apply to each particular situation in our lives.
       
      "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will
       send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all
       things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
       (John 14:26 KJV)
This is the way God said He would do it, when He promised that He would write His laws into our hearts, and we would follow them naturally.
           "This is the covenant that I will make with them after
            those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into
            their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;"
            (Hebrews 10:16 KJV)
           "And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in
            my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them."
            (Ezekiel 36:27 KJV)
Here are God's Scriptures regarding Spirit of the Law vs. Letter of the Law . . .
       Romans 7:6
       But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we
       were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in
       the oldness of the letter.
       
       2 Corinthians 3:6
       Who also hath 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.
       Romans 8:2
       For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me
       free from the law of sin and death.
       Romans 8:4
       That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who
       walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
       Galatians 5:18
       But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
       
       Romans 2:27
       And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the
       law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost
       transgress the law?
       Romans 2:29
       But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that
       of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise
       is not of men, but of God.
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The Pharisees were the very strictest observers of the letter of the law. They followed it perfectly, down to the tiniest detail. Yet they missed the point of it completely, so much so that they regarded Jesus as their enemy, and had him killed!

God does not want us to become new Pharisees. He wants us to become His loving children, filled with His Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

 
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