THEREFORE, there is now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Messiah Yahushua, who live and walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.
For the law of the Spirit of life which is in Messiah Yahushua the law of our new being has freed me from the law of sin and of death.
For our Creator has done what the Law could not do, its power being weakened by the flesh or the entire nature of man without the Set Apart Spirit.
Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, our Creator condemned sin in the flesh subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice, so that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us who live and move not in the ways of the flesh but in the ways of the Spirit our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Set Apart Spirit.
O but I see it now, my Father. I thought I was living and moving not in the ways of the flesh, but! The truth? I was living according to the flesh. Controlled by the ways of man-made religion. Controlled by those things that gratified my hunger for man’s approval.
For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unrighteous desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the Set Apart Spirit.
Big difference now! That hunger for man’s approval has been replaced by Your approval and delight in my obedience, O my Father! O Father of mine. Your approval and delight in my obedience are my strength. What joy inexplicable and full of Your esteem not mine!
Now the mind of the flesh which is sense and reason without the Set Apart Spirit is death—death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter.