Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Rom 7:24 NAS
God sets us free by circumcising our dead flesh from our Spirit that has been perfected and made complete in Christ.
Circumcision in the Old Testament is one of many pictures and shadows of the true reality found only in Jesus. God performs the true circumcision for all who trust in Jesus.
And in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. Col 2:10-15 NAS
Sin has been condemned in the flesh. This includes your flesh that will die. This is why God circumcises, cuts off your flesh from any inheritance. We are called to see our flesh as dead and crucified with Christ as God already does.
“For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. “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. “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” Gal 2:19-21 NAS
God has separated your perfected Spirit from your body of death, just like he did for Paul.
For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, Rom 8:3 NAS
Being circumcised from our body of death, our crucified and dead flesh is why there is no longer any possibility of condemnation for a believer who is in the Spirit as far as God is concerned. All sin has been condemned in the flesh so that the requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who are in Christ. Our Spirit has been set free in Christ.
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Rom 8:1-7 NAS
God sees and counts our faith and not the sins of our dead flesh just like we see for all of those in Hebrews 11, the hall of faith. Every person listed had a host of sins, including a lot of doubt in Abraham and Sarah’s life, in the flesh, as reported in the Old Testament. Yet, in Hebrews 11, all we see is their faith.
God tells us that if your faith is in Christ, the Spirit of God dwells in you right now. Therefore, you are not in the flesh any longer from His perspective. Your body, flesh, is already dead because of sin in God’s eyes. Your Spirit, on the other hand, is alive because of Jesus righteousness that has been imputed to you.
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.Rom 8:8-10 NAS
Faith is agreeing with what God says is true, what is already done from God’s perspective. One of the things we are to agree on is that we no longer regard ourselves or other believers in the dead flesh any longer. We see ourselves and them as already a new creation in Christ, just as God does. When God tells us our flesh is crucified and dead, this applies to every believer no matter what their flesh looks like to us. We have victory in this life as we walk in faith and truth.
Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; eventhough we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Cor 5:16-20 NAS
Our Father desires that we walk as Jesus walked. Therefore, considering all we have discussed, He has not qualified us to minister the letter of the law as the Pharisee’s did that brings death. He has called us to agree with Him that we are in the Spirit and no longer the flesh. He has qualified us to minister, serve up as a waiter, the Spirit of the law which is Love, as Jesus did that brings life.
And He has qualified us as ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Cor 3:6 BSB
We are called to see each other in the perfection of the Spirit and build up each other’s faith in God’s promises. We are called to remind others of who they are in Christ. We are not called to bring out the law and point to the failures of each other’s dead flesh that does the enemy’s work of bringing doubt and fear about God’s promises. When Jesus returns, he is looking for faith in His promises.
However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8 NAS
More studies that apply:
Does Our Flesh Pay A Price for Sin?
How is the Flesh Crucified?
Your Flesh is Dead Christian, Not in School
If Your Faith is in Christ, Your Flesh Has Been Circumcised, Cut Off
He is Dead, We Have Got to Drop the Charges
God Sees A Believers Faith Not Their Sins
Believers are Never Called Sinners in the New Testament
God is Looking for Our Faith Not Our Holiness
Jesus Never Called a Believer a Hypocrite
Sin Does Not Make a Christian a Hypocrite
There is No Condemnation for You Christian
I Am Holy, I Am Sanctified, I Am Perfected
God Said a Believer Can Never be Considered Unholy
I Am a New Creation IN CHRIST
Why Don't I look Like a New Creation in Christ in the Mirror?
What Does the Bible Mean by Dead Works?
Christians Are Not Qualified to be Ministers of the Letter of the Law
Letter Kills, Spirit Gives Life
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