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Romans 5: 1-4: ” 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, God 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.”  Paul depicts the freedom of living in the Spirit, no condemnation: in Christ, we are no longer under the sentence of the law, but empowered by the Spirit to live for Christ.  The Spirit refers to the Holy Spirit who energizes our renewed spirit.  The law could pronounce judgment on sin, but the law could not do anything about sin itself.  It had no power to put sin to death in a person’s life. God accomplished what the law could not do by sending His own Son. Jesus came in the likeness of sinful flesh.   Jesus, as God, took on our human nature, a nature that was susceptible to temptation.  Although He was tempted, He never gave in.  He never sinned.  The purpose of the coming of Christ was that the law might be fulfilled.  The believer gains the righteous standard of the law – love. Not by means of the law but by being in Christ and walking according to the Spirit.

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