“Where there is no vision, the people perish (is made naked): but he that keeps the law, happy is he,” Proverbs 29:18.
Because of the lack of understanding of the mind of man and the principle by which it operates to control every phase of his life, the purpose of the Spiritual laws have been totally misunderstood and misrepresented by the multitudes.
The “dos” and “do nots” of the Bible are often represented to be only the likes and dislikes of Yahweh and nothing more. So much so that whatever is called sin, is called sin because Yahweh is the boss and he does not like it. Therefore, it is, and always has been, difficult for people to submit to what they assume to be unnecessary rules, ordinances, and regulations based upon the whims of another. Most people who see Yahweh as a man and not Spirit; feel that, in reality, sin is more productive of happiness than Life and righteousness.
If Yahweh’s principle, or law of Life, was presented as a positive force and sin presented as the negative force, and if people would educate themselves concerning the connection between the keeping of the law (principle) and their own individual happiness and fulfillment and the disastrous results of breaking the laws of Life, they would accept the Spirit without resentment and rebellion.
When a law is put forth and enforced, the subjects controlled by it often rebel if they have not been made acquainted with its principles and purpose. If the purpose of the law is understood to be reasonable and to the advantage of those governed by it, it would be more readily accepted.
If a law is introduced not as a benefit, but as a religious order that can offer neither protection nor benefit, it will not be respected, appreciated, nor obeyed. Why should we feel respect or devotion for an inconvenient and unnecessary law that is founded upon the power and strength of a legislator without respect to those who are inconvenienced by it?
Man is Two Components
Yahweh is a Spirit; therefore, he is a single force. Man is two components, flesh and spirit. Unregenerate man has two personalities, two principles, and two wills with two opposite needs. One is a seeker of righteousness and approval and the other is bent on self preservation at any cost. Yahweh is pure life. Man consists of both life and death forces, because he is of flesh (natural) and spirit (Life).
The Holy Spirit is our guide to keep us on the right path. He is our comforter, friend, and companion that listens to our problems and consoles us. He is our teacher, or revealer of truth, or Life.
When man allows the positive Life-force to dominate and control the death, or negative, force within him, he will be transformed into the image and likeness of Spirit. It is not a matter of rewards or punishments in the sense that we are accustom to receiving. Christ is Savior and the Life-force. We are not rewarded for our ability to produce life. Yasha freely gives life, and life produces its fruit of goodness and meekness. It cannot be reckoned as our works, seeing how it is the results of the Spirit bearing fruit, and it will if it is there. Yasha bore our sins and fully paid the price; therefore, we are not being punished as transgressors. Reward goes to Yasha, just as the atonement of our transgressions was laid upon him. Punishment and reward are not the issue.
The reason Yahweh gives us his Spirit is so the principle of Life can begin to work—destroying the nature of the flesh in us. If this principle does not kick in, we will continue in our sin and reap the wages of that sin. The wages of sin is death, but not as punishment, but as a result of rejecting the Spirit—the principle of Life. The Spirit of Life cannot be separated from its principle: Yahweh is a single force. Yahweh is life.
The Misrepresentation of Law
When life is presented as ordinances, customs, and laws that are beneficial to Yahweh only, the true revelation of love is veiled and the Kingdom of Yahweh is made to appear cruel and as the worst form of dictatorship. In reality, every expression of the principle of the law of Yahweh’s Spirit, when revealed in truth, becomes a comforter, guide, and teacher. The Spirit and the Word are one: Yahweh is one.
The problem with rebelling against the leadership of the Spirit is that it leaves man without an option. He must judge himself by the spirit of flesh. What this amounts to is we must use our limited understanding to judge our limited understanding. This compares with a couple of preschoolers trying to educate each other or the blind leading the blind.
The law or principle of Yahweh sometimes appears as complex and suicidal, and always foolish to the carnal man. This is because we are carnal by nature and foolish. First Corinthians 2:14 tells us, “the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (understood by the Spirit only).”