28. Not in the Flesh, but in the Spirit

The Bible says that God’s law obligates us to obey it fully. But God knows there is no way that we can obey it entirely. And since the punishment for failing to do so is separation from God, He had to provide a way to overcome this barrier. God’s solution was to simply release us from the requirements of the law.

Freedom from law means that punishment for breaking it is no longer imputed. In Christ we are no longer subject to the realm of the flesh, even though our flesh continues to oppress us.

Romans 8 says: “You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. If Christ is in you, though your body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.” Unbelievable as it may seem: “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

From Free from the Power of Sin: the Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself

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