I haven't heard from Dan for a while.
Maybe he took sick.
I am just passing through and will give you somewhat
of an answer anyway. Dan might see it from a different point of view, but a forum is for offering contrasting
points of view.
The Spirit of the Law is what underlies that which was written.
The reason and why it was even put down on tablets or whatever.
That Law is relative with that which is right and wrong.
It began in the Garden story with the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
To be written within the heart means the Mind .
There would be a manifestation of conscience within the mind ,consciousness of man.
Without knowing good and evil, man would not understand love, compassion, mercy, etc.
in a comparison to the negative traits.
A conscience is the greater part of man and separates him from the beasts and animals.
It was something which God intended in his plan and purpose for man that man be not
some form of Robot, programmed to love and the doing of good works and deeds without even knowing why.
The Law was one sided. It demanded from man the strictest obedience to a set of rules, commandments
that would only keep man in a form of slavery and bondage.
This type of work has no love, compassion, mercy or grace attached to it.
Guilt by association , with the verdict of death as a consequence.
To break one law was to break all the Law. The sin of the children of Israel was an unbearable yoke around their necks where it became an impossibility to separate themselves from death.
Paul said to take on a new conscience, one based on Grace and Mercy through Faith alone.
All man is guilty of sin and the only way of being found to be not guilty is through the cross.
We accept the righteousness of Jesus as our own righteousness and do not rely on the works
of man in the flesh to base our own salvation.
If one is honest with him/her self and with scripture, there is no man in the flesh that is without sin.
Sin began in the Garden story but it was not until the Law came down by Moses that sin became a death sentence to the children of Israel. ( To the Hebrew Jew ,that was of the flesh and blood of Abraham,
and was in a covenant sealed by the blood of circumcision of the flesh).
This covenant was not imposed on everyone that was ever born in the flesh.
The Bible handed down to us is the story of all the generations of ADAM in the Garden which in the end would end with the last generation at the time of Jesus.
It is a story of man and his relationship with God, as told by the Hebrews.
We who remain in the flesh to this day should realize that all man is in the same boat.
We all do good and all do evil whether we wish to think so or not.
Jesus said, that even if you thought the thought to do evil, before an action or the deed takes place and did not follow through, it is the same as if you had committed the deed.
The message being that the stick you see in another's eye is only a reflection of what exists within your own.
Compassion, understanding, mercy and grace can only come through the law written in ones mind
as the spirit of the Law. The Law of the old covenant given by Moses was taken to the cross.
It found its fulfillment there . When Jesus took on the sin of the world for both Jew and Gentile
the consciousness of God left the spirit of Jesus at the final moment on the cross.
When Jesus cried out, "Father ,why has thou forsaken me?"
Jesus was left with his own individual spirit that was at that instant separated from God.
Jesus had ,because he was born of his mother Mary and she was of the flesh of the generations of ADAM in the garden through Eve, taken the spirit and soul of man in the flesh (Adam and Eve)to the cross. The children of Israel had sent their first Parents as The flesh man to die.
Die he did ( The First ADAM) and The New Man, the Last ADAM that is not of the flesh but of the Spirit
rose on the third day .
The Law in it's own fulfillment demanded death as a justification of the Law itself.
The Law had become self condemning .
The entire New Testament for the most part is a re-enactment of the Book of Genesis.
The story of the First man Adam and the story of the Last man Adam.
We are within the New creation, the New covenant, the Last man ADAM.
All that was of old has passed away and now all is New.
Don't let the last sentence throw you.
Life and death , good and evil, still surround the man in the flesh even now.
But Paul would say," though we are still in the flesh, we are not of the flesh, but of the Spirit".
We do the best we can and when we fall short , fear not.
We can be a witness to those we come in contact with, as to the cross and the meaning it should have for us.
It is in our transformation while still being in the flesh, not of the flesh but of our own soul and spirit that we can rejoice in.
The New Man was never intended to have this Earth as his final destination ,but a new experience,
a new beginning within another realm outside the one in which we now exist.
Just remember when you may fall a little short ,that
Jesus Christ is the resurrection, the way and the Light (Life).
We can do nothing to achieve a form of righteousness
on our own. We are found to be not guilty of sin
by accepting the righteousness, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as our own righteousness and resurrection. There is no other way unto salvation.
Grace and Mercy are through Faith alone and the work of the Law is dead to us.