The Old Covenant was ‘of the letter,’ and was made obsolete at, and by the cross. And in either case, by the time the Spirit came in a new way at Pentecost, the New Covenant also came in.
The Old Covenant was of the letter – a matter of words.
The New Covenant was, and is, of the Spirit – a matter of the Spirit.
The problem comes when we try to reduce to words, what can only happen by the Spirit. This takes us back in time to the letters that kill, and away from the Spirit who gives life.
I believe this is what happened soon after Pentecost – within the first 100 years, in fact. The self-appointed experts tried to reduce to words what had happened in the Spirit, and the result was the Dark Ages. Then and now, our feeble attempts to reduce the work of The Spirit to words always takes us to the “Dark Side.”
If we can’t take the time needed to discern whether or not a person is in a spiritual place to receive our attempt to communicate where we might be in the Spirit, then it is better to wait until a more opportune time. You know, kind of like what Jesus did at The Last Supper when He said, “I have more to say to you, but you are not yet ready to receive it…”
By Jay Ferris, originally published Feb. 5, 2012