The passage starts off with drawing a distinction between the law

“For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

And it appears the law, through Christ, if we remain in Him, is fulfilled in us, but the law seems to be the same law νόμος; it’s the means of execution that changes its efficacy, namely via the flesh or via the Spirit. (Please confirm or deny)

“in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Romans 7:4 says we are dead to the law but 7:6 says we serve in a new way of the Spirit. Despite the righteous requirement of the law being fulfilled in us, v7 mentions

“For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The antithetical of v7 appears to say that those who have their minds set on the Spirit do submit to God’s law, even though the law is already fulfilled in us. On an ongoing basis are we to continue to submit to God’s law? Or to the law of the Spirit of life? Or is the antithesis no law?

“But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭7:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I’ve tried to remain ambiguous as to not inject my views into the question regarding the question about God’s law in v7

So what law/s is being spoken of and what relevance does it have to a born again believer to submit to God’s law in v7, if any, if indeed we are no longer under the law (Galatians 5:18) or is Galatians speaking of an entirely different law “works of the law” or “Miqsat Ma‘ase Ha-Torah” (MMT) from the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS)? (Are we under God’s law even after the point of conversion but not under God’s law in regards to our entrance into salvation, which is by grace through faith? The passage into salvation not being God’s law but faith.)

  • It’s not intended to hinge on it that’s why I said confirm or deny immediately afterwards. I don’t know how to word it differently. Should I just delete that paragraph? I prefer to leave it on the table because there are different views. And there are multiple tiers that this can be analyze from i.e. spirit, soul or body. Mar 15, 2019 at 19:23
  • “"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:17‬ Therefore in Christ the law is not abolished but fulfilled, that’s how we fulfill the law by remaining in Him. That doesn’t sound like being exempt from God’s law, it simply means we cannot fail if we remain in Him. Mar 15, 2019 at 19:31
  • That’s true, exempt from the old codified way “But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭7:6 but not exempt from serving in the new way of the Spirit Mar 16, 2019 at 0:29
  • I don’t know what you’re saying quite honestly. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:10‬ there is a distinction made about having faith to enter into Christ, but once inside if you merely have faith and no works then your faith is as good as dead. Faith without works is dead. That’s why five virgins missed out, the one guy with one mina missed out and the guy with one talent missed out. They got in by faith and then did nothing more. No work is bad Mar 16, 2019 at 3:15
  • FYI the comments above were in response to comments that have since been deleted. Also could the downvoter please explain what they disagree with the question. Thank you for the vote. Mar 16, 2019 at 21:49

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From its inception, humanity was faced with two ways of living : the tree of life in the garden of Eden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. No other means exist - one is a way of life, the other is fatal. One was there, in the midst ; one, God warned against and a serpentine spirit invited, Genesis 2.

Humanity, in Adam, chose the way of sin and death. For by the law is the knowledge of sin. Paul says that he would not have known sin, except the law had said 'thou shalt not covet'. Paul discovered a principle, a rule, that when he would do good, evil is present with him and the good he would, he does not. The evil that he would not, that does he, Romans 7.

But there is another principle, another rule :

ο νομος του πνευματος της ζωης εν χριστω ιησου [TR]

the law of the Spirit - of the life in Christ Jesus.

This is usually translated 'the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus' meaning 'the law of the Spirit of life (which is in Christ Jesus).

I do not think that emphasis is correct, myself. I understand that Paul is stating a principle or a rule - and this rule (of the Spirit) is that life is in Christ Jesus.

This is the Tree of Life. This is what was in the midst in Eden. This is what mankind, in Adam, chose to either misunderstand, or to ignore or to reject. (Or, perhaps all three.) This is the only way of life that is possible to humanity.

It is not another law. It is not another way of expressing law. It is not another means of appropriating or accommodating law. It is another way of life altogether.

Rather than the creature, from within itself - from within its own created resources - should apply itself to knowledge, thereby to live out of its own independent 'righteousness' (the will to choose); rather than that, the other way is a way of life.

The other way is to be born again. The other way is to be in union with the Creator, not independent of the Creator. The other way is faith (not works).

It is another way altogether, not just a different way of obeying law.

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    That was very profound, reading your response. I’ve not consciously made the connection in the same way you’ve articulated with the two trees. Thank you. Mar 16, 2019 at 15:57
  • @Autodidact You are most welcome.
    – Nigel J
    Mar 16, 2019 at 15:59
  • Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭7:4‬ even in the garden prior to the fall, working was commanded or expected by God. God did not attach a punishment to lack of work because in a non fallen state, it didn’t make sense that you could reject the instruction. A born again believer that does not produce fruits, work out his salvation, bring at least one additional mina does not inherit eternal life >>2 Peter 1:8 Mar 16, 2019 at 16:07
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    @Autodidact Faith works by love. Works of faith and love proceed from a regenerate heart. Love, faith and good works proceed out of gratitude to a faithful Saviour. These are the works which please the Father who brings many sons to glory.
    – Nigel J
    Mar 16, 2019 at 16:10
  • 1 Corinthians 13 Mar 16, 2019 at 16:16

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