The LETTER is the crutch the babes need to hold on to(studying) till they GROW to become old enough to let go and walk on their own feet with The Holy Spirit.
A crutch in the hands of a babe serves as a support BUT in the hands of a grown man it can be used (as a weapon) to strike to KILL.
2 Corinthians 3:6
“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; NOT OF THE LETTER, but OF THE SPIRIT: for THE LETTER KILLETH, but THE SPIRIT GIVETH LIFE.”
This simply means that at the “babe” stage, you use THE LETTER as a crutch (studying indepth) and when you’ve grown to start walking (…rightly dividing The Word of Truth), THE SPIRIT becomes the “crutch”(teacher/mentor/life coach/guide, etc. Exodus 4:12) you lean on…
…then, YOU WOULDN’T HAVE TO CRAM ALL THE VERSES IN THE BIBLE because THE SPIRIT will put the right words in your mouth when needed. Numbers 23:5,12. Deuteronomy 18:18; 30:14. Psalms 8:2; 119:43,13. Isaiah 51:16; 59:21. Jeremiah 1:9. Matthew 4:4. Luke 21:15.
“But the word is very nigh unto thee, IN THY MOUTH, and IN THY HEART, that thou mayest do it.” Luke 6:45
A whole lot of the “men of God” you’ve placed on pedestals to lead you, are still babes. And when babes lead babes, they’ll all crawl into the dirt. Luke 6:39; 23:26.
“Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.”
“But HE IS A JEW, which IS ONE INWARDLY; and CIRCUMCISION IS THAT OF THE HEART, IN THE SPIRIT, and NOT IN THE LETTER; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”