But now (nuni de). In the new condition. Wherein we were holden (en wi kateicomeqa). Imperfect passive of katecw, picture of our former state (same verb in Ephesians 1:18 ). In newness of spirit (en kainothti pneumato). The death to the letter of the law (the old husband) has set us free to the new life in Christ. So Paul has shown again the obligation on us to live for Christ.