for the Spirit's Law-- telling of Life in Christ Jesus--has set me free from the Law that deals only with sin and death.
For what was impossible to the Law--powerless as it was because it acted through frail humanity--God effected. Sending His own Son in a body like that of sinful human nature and as a sacrifice for sin, He pronounced sentence upon sin in human nature;
in order that in our case the requirements of the Law might be fully met. For our lives are regulated not by our earthly, but by our spiritual natures.
For if men are controlled by their earthly natures, they give their minds to earthly things. If they are controlled by their spiritual natures, they give their minds to spiritual things.
Because for the mind to be given up to earthly things means death; but for it to be given up to spiritual things means Life and peace.
Abandonment to earthly things is a state of enmity to God. Such a mind does not submit to God's Law, and indeed cannot do so.
And those whose hearts are absorbed in earthly things cannot please God.
You, however, are not devoted to earthly, but to spiritual things, if the Spirit of God is really dwelling in you; whereas if any man has not the Spirit of Christ, such a one does not belong to Him.
But if Christ is in you, though your body must die because of sin, yet your spirit has Life because of righteousness.
And if the Spirit of Him who raised up Jesus from the dead is dwelling in you, He who raised up Christ from the dead will give Life also to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who dwells in you.
Therefore, brethren, it is not to our lower natures that we are under obligation that we should live by their rule.