Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
In the flesh
Those who are physical cannot please God.
Whatever owes its birth to the physical is physical, and whatever owes its birth to the Spirit is spiritual.
I mean this: Live by the Spirit, and then you will not indulge your physical cravings.
We all lived among them once, indulging our physical cravings and obeying the impulses of our lower nature and its thoughts, and by nature we were doomed to God's wrath like other men.
For we ourselves were once without understanding, disobedient, deluded, enslaved to all kinds of passions and pleasures. Our minds were full of malice and envy. Men hated us and we hated one another.
For no human being can be made upright in the sight of God by observing the Law. All that the Law can do is to make man conscious of sin.
For the Law only brings down God's wrath; where there is no law, there is no violation of it.
Then law slipped in, and multiplied the offense. But greatly as sin multiplied, God's mercy has far surpassed it,
2 Corinthians 3:6
and he has qualified me to serve him in the interests of a new agreement, not in writing but of spirit. For what is written kills, but the Spirit gives life.
For there is a curse upon all who rely on obedience to the Law, for the Scripture says, "Cursed be anyone who does not stand by everything that is written in the Book of the Law and obey it."
but if you show partiality, you are committing a sin, and stand convicted before the Law as lawbreakers.
1 John 3:4
Whoever commits sin disobeys law; sin is disobedience to law.
That command gave sin an opening, and it led me to all sorts of covetous ways, for sin is lifeless without law.
For out of the heart come wicked designs, murder, adultery, immorality, stealing, false witness, impious speech.
The things our physical nature does are clear enough??mmorality, impurity, licentiousness,
Then desire conceives and gives birth to sin, and when sin is mature, it brings forth death.
but all through my body I see another principle in conflict with the law of my reason, which makes me a prisoner to that law of sin that runs through my body.
and you must not offer the parts of your bodies to sin as the instruments of wrong, but offer yourselves to God as men brought back from death to life, and offer the parts of your bodies to him as instruments of uprightness.
So treat as dead your physical nature, as far as immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed are concerned; for it is really idolatry.
What causes wars and fights among you? Is it not your cravings, which are at war within your bodies?
What good did you get from doing the things you are now ashamed of? Why, they result in death!
And you once practiced them as others do, when you lived that old earthly life.