So we receive salvation, new life, when we switch over from what we are in the naturalness of our humanity, to what HE is in the Spiritual. The statement in R8 about “if by the Spirit we put to death the works of the flesh” is what we need to see as being the requirement or condition of ongoingly maintaining our right standing before him in terms of the result of our faith, even though the foundation which HE has laid is always before us, IE HIS sacrificial death which covers (removes) our sin.
Internally, the sin mechanism is a matter of that which involves our inner conflict, our guilt and our condemnation. We inwardly condemn ourselves, regardless of any religious notion or belief system that tells us whatever it wants to. Under the Jewish (law) system, we are condemned to death. The mercies of God are not defined in the same way that Jesus defines them, and we are continually under law flesh sin and spiritual death, until something breaks the cycle, and that break is provided by the death of Jesus as a sacrifice for “sin in the flesh”.
As soon as we believe that he was the sacrifice for our sin, we are saved, because the key to guilt has been provided and has been turned in the lock of our fear and futility, so we are now released from condemnation and the fear of its resultant death. In Romans 7 we see how, as long as the condemnation of the law is in place, we have no answer to our guilt, that even though we may try to do right, wrong always results (and anything not of and other than, the Spirit, will never be the kind of “right” that God requires.) Locked into condemnation means our spirit, our life, is trapped in meaningless cycles of fear sin guilt law and spiritual death.
When condemnation is removed, by believing, FAITH, we are free to move forward into the better things as provided by the Spirit of life as He now encourages us to lift ourselves, to be lifted up with Him into the “heavenlies” where He is available to guide and direct our paths into His ways, not our old ways. So as soon as guilt is broken, is forgiven and removed “As far as East from West”, then that which held us back from being what we were intended to be, is no longer there to do that, to oppose and impede us, as long as we maintain our belief in His power of overcoming to have already sent the “enemy” packing.
[It is the Spirit who now opposes the ‘flesh’ or natural humanity in which we used to dwell, we are no longer on our own, (We are no longer “our own”) it is His righteousness, not ours, which has won the battle for us, and which victory we, by faith, do now apply][We are no longer under the law of sin and death, we are free of it].[If you have spiritual life, you will have spiritual fruit, but if you only have humanity’s life, life in the flesh, you will have works of death, of law.]