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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
so that they who are in a carnal state, cannot be acceptable to the divine being. as for you,
the cleansing of the body is only external, but the purification of the spirit is spiritual.
I say then, conduct yourselves by the spirit, and you will not then gratify the animal passions.
of which number we all have formerly been, leading our dissolute lives in gratifying the desires of our sensual imaginations: and were indeed obnoxious to the divine displeasure, as other. Gentiles were:
for even we ourselves were once inconsiderate, disobedient, deluded, addicted to variety of passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, the deserving objects of mutual hatred.
for by the observation of the law no one shall be justified in his sight, since it is the law that takes cognizance of sin.
because the effect of the law is punishment: for if there had been no law, there could have been no transgression.
the law was introduc'd, that the greatness of the fall might fully appear; but the more sin display'd its enormity, the divine favour was so much the more transcendent.
1 Corinthians 15:56
the sting of death was sin; and the strength of sin was the law.
2 Corinthians 3:6
who also hath enabled me to be a minister of the new covenant, not of the literal sense, but of the spiritual meaning: it is the letter that denounces death, but the spirit gives life.
but they that rest themselves upon the works of the law, are obnoxious to the curse: for it is written, " cursed is every one, who continueth not in all things, which are written in the book of the law, to do them:"
but partiality is iniquity; and the law will convict the offender of transgression.
1 John 3:4
he that is vitious, is lawless: for sin is the transgression of the law.
but sin receiving strength by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. for before the law sin appear'd dead.
out of the heart proceed evil designs, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false testimony, slanders.
now the effects of vicious passions are manifestly these, fornication, uncleanness,
and the genuine offspring of sin is death.
but I perceive in the animal part of me another law warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin, which is in my animal part.
neither yield your members as instruments to iniquity: but yield yourselves unto God, as being alive after having been dead; and your members as instruments of righteousness.
Mortify therefore your sensual appetites, fornication, impurity, irregular passions, wicked desires, and that licentiousness practised by idolaters.
you breathe slaughter and revenge for what you cannot obtain.
what benefit had you then in those things whereof you are now ashamed? since they terminated all in death.
among whom you had your conversation, when you followed their practices.