"How much more shall the blood of Christ... purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14) What are these dead works that are in the conscience of man? They are the remnants of un-enlightenment, remnants of misunderstanding. However, the cleansing from dead deeds DOES NOT mean that the person continues to sin! He lives a life in faith, a renewed life in Jesus Christ in him. Let us use an example here. A man is drowning in a swamp, the dirty water is pulling him deeper and deeper in, and soon he will drown! Someone extends a hand and pulls him out, unto the dry ground and saves him. Does this person have a reason and a right to thank his savior? Of course he does, he almost drowned, died, but now is saved even though the dirty swamp still soaks his clothes and is dripping from him! This example is used to show a person who has come to faith.
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. (2 Corinthians 3:6)
The New Testament is life in the spirit. The law – are rules and regulations, living by which a person reaches outer righteousness, but cannot change from within. The law requires fulfillment, but no one is able to fulfill the law to the end. For this, the opportunity was given to make a sacrifice for sins. That is, living by the law, a person could not become free from sin. The letter did not and could not give life.
For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. (Hebrews 10:1)
But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. (Hebrews 10:3-4)
The law has clearly shown that there is a certain force, that cannot be defeated by the man himself. This was shown by the life of the Jews, who tried to please God for many hundreds of years, but still did what was displeasing before the Lord.
For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. (Hebrews 7:18)
The better hope – is the appearance of Life into this world:
For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us. (1 John 1:2)
If we accept this Life, then:
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (1 John 5:12)
To have the Son of God is when Christ enters into the person and begins to live in him. A person – is a vessel, that cannot be empty. Any person is filled with something: either with darkness, or Light.
Today in christianity, many easily accept that God can live (or lives) in the heart of the person. But who was in the heart prior to God coming there? Does everyone so easily believe that where there is no God, there is the devil, who entered through a lie into Adam and from which from Adam today are billions of people on the planet? The devil doesn’t sit somewhere on the outside, on the shoulder, whispering ideas into a person’s ear…, he is inside the person, inside the heart. And the flesh/body is the executor of the desires of the heart.
For from within, out of the heart of the men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. (Mark 7:21-23)
Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. (Matthew 23:26)
Above, verses were referenced about the law, that the law did not bring anyone to perfection, because it was given for the flesh. The law can “fix” outwardly, but it can never change the inside, the inner man.
Today, in the Christian world, the New Testament has been turned into the letter. Sadly, because of this, many christians are in error. Sin, by their faith, exists in the body, with which they battle/fight, and they cannot defeat it, because the “source of evil” does not come from the body, but from the heart.
It is only possible to live by the Spirit when you died with Christ for this world and came out of this world, through which the devil lost all power over you, because you died for him!
How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? (Romans 6:2)
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. (Romans 6:18)
Law and rules are not necessary for such a person (otherwise it is again serving God by the flesh), he is driven and lives by the spirit – this is the New Testament.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (Romans 10:4)
Righteousness is not that I, by my own strength and efforts serve God (this is the effect of the law which does not save), but by faith I give myself to Christ, Who acts in me and through me.
Hence, my works are from the spirit, in other words, from the heart, from within, in complete freedom.
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:18; 22-23)