“He alone is a true Christian whose soul and mind has entered again into the original matrix, out of which the life of man has taken its origin; that is to say, the eternal Word (λογος). This Word has been revealed in our human nature, which is blind to the presence of God, and he who absorbs this Word with his hungry soul and thereby returns to the original spiritual state in which humanity took its origin, his soul will become a temple of divine love, wherein the Father receives His beloved Son. In him will reside the Holy Ghost. He alone, therefore, in whom Christ exists and lives is a Christian, a man in whom Christ has been raised out of the wasted flesh of Adam. He will be an heir of Christ—not on account of some merit gained by someone else, nor by some favour conferred upon him by some external power, but by inward grace.” (Jacob Boehme)
The letter isn’t the Word and can’t be the Word. The letter has no powers by itself. Only the Word can birth the new man and enlighten him. That word is alive and expanding and finds its expression only through that man who has received it in his soul and spirit. The letter can merely point to the living Word, but can be grasped neither by reason nor the natural mind. Man can study the letter, that is, the scriptures his entire life and still be in ignorance unless the living Word; Christ, is birthed in him and opens up the letter to him. The letter by itself can’t but speak law. Hence Paul says the letter kills. It is the Spirit who gives life and thus makes man able minister of the new covenant in freedom and not under law.
Left to itself the letter appeals to the flesh, thus it is said: But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. And further: Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. The Spirit, however, appeals to spirit, and by that God’s promise stands fast: All His children shall be taught by God. John expounds on this tremendous fact when he by the Spirit offers the following testimony: But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things. By God’s inward grace every child is taught.