There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
It appears that we have a discourse on the differences between life after Christ, that is after accepting the gift of redemption he brings, and life before Christ under law. What characterizes life before Christ is a mind-set that is nature based, holds a fear of God and the curse of death, and demonstrates the failure to live right according to God’s will. What characterizes life after Christ for the believer, is a mind-set that is now spiritual, the lack of fear as it relates to punishment for sin, and the ability to live right according to God’s will. So do we live as we want? Or do we live as the spirit guides us? We are created body, soul and spirit. What controls our actions and thoughts? Body or spirit? And so once again it is the difference between self will and God’s will. We have no problem knowing what our will is, we are on a life journey to learn the will of God, who He is and what He does. His spirit connects with ours as believers and we can place our trust there.
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, “
We are free from the curse of sin and we are free to know and follow the will of God, rather than our own will. It can be as simple as rising in the morning and asking what do you want me to do of God rather than what do I want to do.