the spirit of slavery
The law weakened by the flesh enslaved everyone. The law bound people to obey it even though they could not because sin used the law to stir up desires in them contrary to the law so that they experienced the penalty of the law instead of the blessing. So the people were enslaved and lived in constant fear of breaking the law. They knew they could not obey it for by their flesh they would end up acting contrary to it and thus suffer the condemnation of the law.
But the Holy Spirit changes all that. He comes in and through Christ forgives all our sins so that we are no longer under the condemnation of the law and he unites us with Christ so that we become children of God who is now our Father who loves and accepts us and blesses us and transforms us. So we are no longer full of fear, but we abound in life.
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