HAS set you free
Natural man operates under and to, the law of sin and death. Even disregarding the Jewish law, the “old covenant’ which was with them, which was full of do’s and don’ts and rules and regulations and endless symbolisms and pageantry; man dies because he lives by rules and laws which govern the nature that he is, his physiology of flesh and blood which is full of corruption which ultimately disintegrates the pattern of life which was established within him.
But perhaps this is always what was going to be intended, because flesh and blood is a poor means of projecting forward to a future life of eternity, perhaps the real intention is to provide something far in excess of that which we currently perceive. “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him” [For to us God revealed them through the Spirit;..].
Physical laws can be corrupted, but spiritual ones, as far as the basic creation goes, cannot. Therefore to do what God has done so that by faith we accept a reality far greater than that which is current, means we are accepting into ourselves the divine plan, the divine nature; we accept into ourselves the structure of the spiritual, following spiritual laws, not ‘physical’ ones.
And these spiritual laws also affect our “mortal body”, they can give life to it after the pattern of the original purpose of creation, so that healing and change to the physiological processes can and do take place*. This also applies to ‘what we are by nature’, the way we were born into the nature of flesh and blood, now gives way to the divine nature, which brings about changes that although they may not be seen necessarily, (other than as the fruit of the Spirit) they are inside us and also registered in the eternal purpose.
The position we hold by faith produces realities which have both physical and spiritual affects. We become new creatures, and this includes the ‘nature of our flesh’, meaning that those inner self serving natural processes are also altered because the person is now consumed by the nature of Christ. The result of which is to be manifest later, as being the reward of your efforts. You reap what you have sown, you have become a product of that which you have believed or not believed, and this will manifest on the “last day”, the “day of the Lord” when all will be revealed.
So there are two ways of “living”. By natural law as set forth in (historical) written documents, or by Spiritual laws, by the law of the Spirit. By laws which address “the flesh” or laws which address the spirit but which are not a series of laws, but are in the form of one singular flowing essence of life, which is the reality of love. Which is the Spirit of God in the form now of the risen Jesus.
It requires then and is necessary, that the person’s consciousness transitions from the physical, from the “flesh”, to the Spiritual. This transition is called “crossing over from death to life”, and, “being born again”. In the case of Romans 7 it has to be decided whether the example there is an operation of physical law or of the “law of” the Spirit. The one is called being “in the flesh” and brings death, the other is called being “in the Spirit” and brings life. It is important that we are able to recognise the one from the other, that we can recognise the difference between the processes of life and death. That we properly recognise the ‘elements’ involved in that “crossing over”. That we not call a sinner a Christian, or a Christian a sinner. That we can see the reasoning, the explanation, behind why one may be called a citizen of heaven and another a citizen of hell.
[*As they did in Jesus body][If a doctor cannot tell the difference between the disease and the cure, then what use is he?]