Life in Christ is lived by the Spirit and not by the law. To live by the law is to have our old sinful nature aroused and exposed by the moral standard that we fail to keep. The result is sin and death. To live by the Spirit is to be raised with Christ as a new person with a new heart of love for God. The result is obedience to God from the heart until we enter the fulness of life to come. The encouragement for us from this passage is to think of ourselves now as united with Christ and being led by the Spirit to serve God in this world. Let us trust in Christ that he delivered us from the penalty of breaking God’s law, and be led by his Spirit in this new way of serving God.