In Adam the lust after outward things was awakened when he entered the wrath of God by becoming a partaker of Satan’s will. It is in this image the law was given to the old man whose appetites and desires was turned towards the outer kingdom which belongs to the prince of the power of the air. The new born child in Christ’s paths must in the beginning be governed by reason and appearances so that its wrestle with the outer law will demonstrate once and for all that a child of God belongs to the inward kingdom which is governed by the Father in perfection.
The son of God will by the Spirit be taught that the outward word has been supplanted by the inward Word if he in faith turns from reason and appearances and trust God’s inward work in him as manifested in outer deeds and thoughts. This inner Divine government is the command and the law in its proper image as purposed by God. The new man’s will and desires are in perfect harmony with the inner government of Christ. This can only be a work of God who said: Then will I make their waters deep, and cause their rivers to run like oil, saith the Lord GOD (Ez 32:14).
Hidden from reason the Spirit proves to those who have ears to hear that rivers in these instances point to man’s will: “Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself” (Ez 29:3). The great dragon, the devil, ignited the hidden property in God, viz., God’s wrath when he entered the imagination that he had a will of his own which desires thus became set upon the outward manifestations in nature.
All OT stories present an outer image which reason beholds, but reason cannot penetrate to the inward image which is Spirit and can only be enlightened to us by the Spirit. In this exact same image our lives also have an outer expression which reason beholds and reason judges this expression in accordance with the outer image. But, in the similitude of the OT stories our lives have an inward image which can only be understood in spirit and must be subjected to righteous judgments.
Hence, where reason screams sins, the Spirit shows those who have eyes to see the inward image of His workings in the new man. The Spirit must confound reason since reason isn’t in the will of God – only faith enters the will of God and thus understands the will of God and never questions His ways with man, but recognizes that everything is wrought in love no matter the outward image.