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The Spirit of Life


By Benjamin Liles

          [He] made us adequate as servants 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

           If the Law of Moses, which shows us our need for God to forgive us our sins, then His Spirit is what makes us more than alive in God. We are His servants, able to do that which He commands us: love one another, to submit to one another, bear each other’s burdens, meet one another’s burdens, to care for the elderly and the widow, to take care of those who hunger, those who need general help, and to lift everyone up in prayer. 

           Under the Old Testament sin and condemnation reigned, which required a sacrifice or atonement of sins, and at regular and consistent times. Under the New Testament all sacrifice is done away with because of what the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, did at the cross of Calvary on our behalf. So, we are no longer under the law, but under the blood of Jesus. We are children of Grace, so we extend grace to others as well.