“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.” Romans 6:12, NIV. We have a new spirit (new life), the spirit of Jesus Christ, but we still have the old body that was subjected to decay by our old spirit, in the first Adam, in the garden of Eden. To control our unsanctified body, we must follow the guidance given by the Holy Spirit who resides in us. “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with Spirit.” Galatians 5:24, 25, NIV.
Paul repeatedly emphasizes that we have died in Christ Jesus, with the aim to convince us that to live a new life we have in Jesus Christ, we must follow the guidance given by the Holy Spirit whom Jesus has sent into us, from the Father. Also, Paul makes it clear that our righteousness is neither by the works of the law, nor by obedience to the written code, but through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” Galatians 5:18, NIV.
Paul states clearly that our righteousness could not be through the law because the law was not designed to make us good through obedience to it. The law could only condemn the sinner for disobedience, but not help him to obey. By obeying the law, the sinners could just become aware of what sin is, but could not free themselves from its power. When a sinner relies on the obedience to the written code he soon realizes that obedience to the law cannot change the sinful nature. Recognizing this, the sinner would become discouraged and give up. But thanks to God, sinners have firm assurance, here and now. “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” Romans 6:18, NIV. The “slaves to righteousness” are the yielded believers who no longer live, but Christ lives in them, and it shows.
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