If we are in Christ, then we cannot be subject to condemnation, since Christ’s death had taken on all that we could be condemned for. To say otherwise would mean that Christ’s death was not effective. Jesus took on the likeness of sinful flesh, that is, the appearance of Christ’s flesh was that of the flesh of sinful men. Paul points out that what is in the flesh is opposed to God, and that Christians are now in the spirit, not in the flesh, or else we could not please God. If we do not set our minds on the spirit, but rather, on the flesh, we will reap corruption, not eternal life.
God knows what we are capable of, but He tempers us and tests us so that we may be refined to become what we are.
The closing theme is Gerard Satamian’s Chansons Sans Paroles Op. 2 Pastorale, from the album Dry Fig Trees. www.magnatune.com