The Ministration of the Ruakh/Spirit
In II Cor 3:1-18, Sha'ul/Paul writes of "the ministration of the Ruakh/Spirit" and "the ministration of Death". Paul is speaking of the two covenants; The Tanakh/the Old Covenant (the ministration of death and condemnation - verses 7 & 9) and the Renewed Covenant (the ministration of the /Ruakh/Spirit and Righteousness - verses 8 & 9). Do not be misled in believing Sha'ul/Paul is speaking specifically of the Ten Commandments/Instructions in Righteousness when he says, "the ministration of death, written and engraven on stone." He is speaking of the Tanakh/Old Covenant as a whole, including the way in which it was administered. The Tanakh/The Old Covenant was administered by putting to death those who transgressed its law [Instructions in Righteousness]. The Instructions in Righteousness merely pointed out the transgression. At that point, a second aspect of the Tanakh/Old Covenant would take over; the condemnation or punishment phase of its administration. Now, under the Renewed Covenant, the Ten Commandments [Instructions in Righteousness] are written on the fleshly tables of our hearts, rather than on stone. They still function to point out our transgressions. Now, however, the renewed ministration of the Ruwakh/Spirit takes over in which there is no condemnation. That aspect of administration is done away, being replaced by grace, mercy, forgiveness, etc. We are no longer ministers of the letter of the law [Instructions in Righteousness] which kills, but of its Ruwakh/Spirit which gives life. How does that work? Let's use the sixth commandment as an example once again. The letter say, "Thou shalt not kill (murder)." What does the Ruwakh/Spirit of the law say? Perhaps you might say, "Don't even be angry with your brother without a cause." Perhaps you might answer another way. It really doesn't matter. Whatever the Ruwakh/Spirit of the law is concerning the sixth commandment, it does not change the fact that we may not murder. The letter still remains, but we are not to live our lives in fear of the letter of that law. If we walk in the Ruwakh/Spirit and in love, we will automatically fulfill that Instruction in Righteousness law and need not be concerned with the letter of it. The same holds true for all Ten Commandments [Instructions in Righteousness]; the letter of each one remains so that it can carry out its function to point out our sin and get us back on the path of righteousness by driving us to repentance and to the Savior for forgiveness [Repentance is the preconditioner for the forgiveness of Ab aHayah Yahuweh Alaha/haElohim]. As long as we love Yahuweh with all our heart, we will fulfill the first four commandments [to love Yahuweh is to obey His Instructions in Righteousness] ; and as long as we love our neighbor as ourselves, we will fulfill the last six commandments. If we transgress any of these commandments, we are not walking in true love [Yahuweh's Instructions in Righteousness].
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