He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant – not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. … – 2 Corinthians 3:6 and 17 (NIV)
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Once more, Paul speaks of an ongoing, profound spiritual relationship.
Nothing beats direct experience (not that I would want to endure any of the sufferings recorded in the chapters of Biblical history). There are enough lessons arising through faithful practice in our own era.
Those who impose a narrow, legalistic reading of Scripture soon find themselves imposing dogma and creed – such as trinity or sacraments – that are themselves not part of the text. Ultimately, they amplify in ways that restrict the range of the message.
As we find too often in our daily encounters, “You said” is countered by “I meant.” Effective communication requires far more than words…
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