Did you ever notice that the police are not out searching graveyards, looking to arrest people? Can you imagine a police officer dragging a corpse before a judge and insisting that he be prosecuted to the full extent of the law?
The Bible is clear that as Christians we are to by faith see our flesh as already condemned, crucified and dead. God sees it this way, our flesh condemned and put to death on the cross with Jesus.
…He condemned sin in the flesh, Rom 8:3a NAS
We have died with Christ and we are to by faith see our flesh on that cross with Jesus.
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Rom 6:8-11 NAS
"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Gal 2:20 NAS
If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. Rom 8:10 NAS
For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 2 Cor 5:14 NAS
For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Col 3:3 NAS
A condemned, crucified and dead man can never be charged with breaking the law again. They are free from the authority of the law just as Paul states.
Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.
So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. Rom 7: 1-6 NAS
With Christ, our sin was condemned in the flesh by faith. But we are not our flesh. This death of our flesh happened once when we accepted Jesus and received our born-again Spirit. God is outside of time and already sees our flesh condemned and dead, Spirit seated in Christ and righteous, at His right hand. We are to do likewise, to believe Him
We walk by faith, not by sight – 2 Cor 5:7 NAS
Therefore, Christian, you can stop running in fear of punishment, the law is not chasing a dead man. God sees you in alive in Christ, in the Spirit, not in your dead flesh. He sees you in Christ as righteous as Jesus Himself right now. The law is not made for the righteous in Christ.
realizing the fact that law is NOT made for a righteous person… 1 Tim 1:9a NAS
You are no longer under the law; you are freed from and dead to the law, just as Paul teaches. You are under grace where Sin can no longer lead you to death because the only thing it can prosecute, your flesh, has already been condemned and put to death.
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God's grace. Rom 6:14 NLT
This same truth applies to other believers who may appear a bit rougher around the edges. The law cannot prosecute a dead man, period. We are all under grace and not law. We are to see all believers as our Father does, flesh condemned and dead, Spirit seated in Christ and righteous, at His right hand. We are to encourage believers in the love of our Father and the faith, not try and charge their corpse with a crime.
More New Covenant Bible Studies that apply:
Your Flesh is Dead Christian, Not in School
How is the Flesh Crucified?
The New Covenant of Grace Replaced the Old Covenant of Law
If You Believe You Have Been Saved
Leave the Burden on God
Seek First His Righteousness,
Jesus Did Not Die to See If We Can Qualify
Did Jesus Sacrifice Provide Forgiveness for Our Future Sins Too? Yes
Jesus is The End of The Law for Believers
A Christian is Dead to the Law, Freed from the Law and Dead to Sin
Christians Are Released from The Ten Commandments
Do You Know the Spirit of All of God's Laws?
Christians Are Not Under the Law of Moses, Our Standard is Much Higher
Christians Not Under the Ceremonial Law or Ten Commandments
You Only Have Two Commandments Christian
Christians are Blessed Because God is Not Imputing our Sins
Can a Christian Lose their Salvation by Sinning? NO
Can We Lose Our Salvation For Not Confessing Our Sin 1 John
Sins Are NOT Counted Under Grace
Holy Spirit Does Not Convict a Believer of Their Sins
God Sees A Believers Faith Not Their Sins
What is the One Unforgivable Sin?
Who is Jesus Talking to with Depart from Me I Never Knew You?
Many more New Covenant Bible Studies HERE. Jesus poured out His blood for the New Covenant of grace and truth, replacing the Old Covenant law of Moses. Believers are exclusively under the New Covenant, the last will and testament of Jesus that began after the cross.
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20