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Not the word itself, the letter, is decisive, but the meaning, which is hidden in the word.

The letter kills. The spirit vivifies.

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You are not allowed to just concern yourselves with my word intellectually; you must know, that every word allows many different meanings, and seek to find the right meaning, but not without previous call for my help. Read more:

 

Bertha Dudde:

 

The letter kills. The spirit vivifies.

14. May 1954. B.D. NR. 5957.

The letter kills, only the spirit vivifies - that you all must take to heart, you who announce to fellowmen, what stands written - you must know, that without my spirit you can give many different meanings to every word, that you can interpret everything in many different ways and that you can remove yourselves on that occasion far from truth, that you can acquire dead knowledge, which is without value for the soul. Only the spirit enlivens, and only the spirit illuminates, what was dark before. Only my spirit gives you enlightenment, which meaning my word holds, and only an enlightened thinking grasps and assimilates the word so, that the interpretation is now according to truth. What all can you read out of the Scriptures - you can completely twist the meaning of it and also again kindle brightest light in you, according to your will and your ability, to let my spirit work in you. And therefore, also erroneous teachings can occur and find entry among man, because my opponent intervenes everywhere there, where I myself still cannot be in the spirit, because he also does not shrink from twisting my word, when he can just work against truth. You know yourselves, that each one man's thoughts can take another direction and that still everyone would like to support his thoughts as right and true - but you also know, that different opinions cannot lay claim to truth, and you must therefore consult him, who himself is truth from eternity. You must ask him for enlightenment of your spirit, before you go to the interpretation of the Scriptures, which testify to me. You are not allowed to just concern yourselves with my word intellectually; you must know, that every word allows many different meanings, and seek to find the right meaning, but not without previous call for my help. And so your will is good, so you seek to announce pure truth only, your thinking will also be enlightened for you for the sake of truth, for I want it, that truth finds entry among men, and I want, that light comes into the hearts of men, but which only pure truth can kindle. Not the word itself, the letter, is decisive, but the meaning, which is hidden in the word. And no matter how clear and unambiguously I have spoken to you men, when I walked on earth and also before - also these my words can get deformed or not interpreted giving the gist of it, when the intellect only and not the heart concerns itself with it and when my assistance is not requested with it. And then the letter can "kill" in the true meaning of the word - it can give death to the soul, which is not addressed and, in this way, devoid of all food, becomes a slave to spiritual death or it gets offered completely wrong food, so that it cannot awaken to life. For the spirit only enlivens. And I truly want to give it to all those, who ask me intimately for it, who are willing to announce me myself and truth, to serve me and to help fellowmen out of the trouble of their souls. They will receive, what they request, and then also be good servants for me in my vineyard, who will always only do the will of their Lord and therefore are also truly my deputies on earth, who will speak in my place - the same word in the same meaning, which I have taught on earth.
Amen. B.D. NR. 5957.

 

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