The christian bible references the letter and the spirit of the law in 2 cor 36 nasb though it is not quoted directly the principle is applied using the words spirit and letter in context with the legalistic view of the hebrew biblethis is the first recorded use of the phrase. On the spirit and the letter chapter 6 iv the teaching of law without the life giving spirit is the letter that kills for that teaching which brings to us the command to live in chastity and righteousness is the letter that kills unless accompanied with the spirit that gives life. The letter not only recognises the victims of clerical abuse and the culture that perpetuates it it describes the desolation in which the church lives because of it yet the popes letter is not a letter of desolation it is one of consolation the spirit breathes through its pages the spirit of witness. Pauls statement that letter kills but the spirit gives life 2 corinthians 36 has had an extraordinary impact on christian thought through the ages it has been read both as affirming the saving power of the new covenant in comparison to the old and as a key to hidden spiritual meanings in . On the spirit and the letter st augustine on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers on the spirit and the letter by saint augustine is a fascinating work of christian literature enjoy this work produced by beloved publishing
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