2 Corinthians 3:6 ...for the letter kills but the Spirit gives life.
The Apostle Paul was one of the most educated, intelligent and learned Jewish leaders ever! When he had that powerful encounter with Jesus (Acts 9) and later received the revelation from God that Christ fulfilled and replaced the Old Covenant of the Law with a New Covenant called the Law of the Spirit – Paul was radically transformed.
The Law represents man’s attempts to become right and acceptable before God. Moses was given the 10 Commandments, book-loads of rules, regulations, and feasts that they needed to comply with. But year after year, century after century and millennium after millennium, “the Law” failed because nobody was perfect enough to fulfill the Law. Except for One Man – Jesus.
Romans 8:1-2 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
Paul understood that the “letter” of the Law never brought life, but only sin and death, but the “Spirit” of life in Christ gives life and freedom from condemnation.
The feast of Pentecost illustrates this.
The Jewish people celebrated Pentecost as the giving of the Law of Moses. It occurs 50 days after the Passover feast. When God first gave the 10 Commandments, it was 50 days after the first Passover meal (the night before they came out of slavery in Egypt). But when God first gave the Law on the first Pentecost – 3000 people died (Exodus 32:28). Contrast this with another Pentecost in the New Testament when God gave the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts. It says after the Holy Spirit was given, Peter stood up and started preaching, and 3000 people were saved! (Acts 2:41)
The law brought death, but the Spirit brings life! So what is the application of this for you today?
When you are dependent upon yourself by trying to keep all of God’s commandments through “Self Effort” to feel right with God, it will ultimately lead to death (you are trying to live exactly how they were living in the Old Testament). There will be a “deadness” in your marriage, your ministry, your health, your career – in fact, your entire life because you are trying to make yourself right before God. But when you are dependent on the Spirit of Grace, it leads to life – there will be a “life” (John 10:10) flowing into your life – your marriage, ministry, health, career!
“Depending” on the Spirit of Grace is learning to direct your faith away from yourself – away from what you are doing to make yourself right – and towards God’s Grace. It understands everything you receive from God comes as a gift and it's not through what you might have to do to earn it.
So become dependent upon God’s grace. Trust Him for your family, your health, your provision, your career, your ministry, your marriage, your life partner, everything!