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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
And those whose hearts are absorbed in earthly things cannot please God.
Whatever has been born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever has been born of the Spirit is spirit.
This then is what I mean. Let your lives be guided by the Spirit, and then you will certainly not indulge the cravings of your lower natures.
Among them all of us also formerly passed our lives, governed by the inclinations of our lower natures, indulging the cravings of those natures and of our own thoughts, and were in our original state deserving of anger like all others.
For there was a time when we also were deficient in understanding, obstinate, deluded, the slaves of various cravings and pleasures, spending our lives in malice and envy, hateful ourselves and hating one another.
For on the ground of obedience to Law no man living will be declared righteous before Him. Law simply brings a sure knowledge of sin.
For the Law inflicts punishment; but where no Law exists, there can be no violation of Law.
Now Law was brought in later on, so that transgression might increase. But where sin increased, grace has overflowed;
1 Corinthians 15:56
Now sin is the sting of death, and sin derives its power from the Law;
2 Corinthians 3:6
It is He also who has made us competent to serve Him in connexion with a new Covenant, which is not a written code but a Spirit; for the written code inflicts death, but the Spirit gives Life.
All who are depending upon their own obedience to the Law are under a curse, for it is written, "Cursed is every one who does not remain faithful to all the precepts of the Law, and practise them."
But if you are making distinctions between one man and another, you are guilty of sin, and are convicted by the Law as offenders.
1 John 3:4
Every one who is guilty of sin is also guilty of violating Law; for sin is the violation of Law.
Sin took advantage of this, and by means of the Commandment stirred up within me every kind of coveting; for apart from Law sin would be dead.
For out of the heart proceed wicked thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, perjury, impiety of speech.
Now you know full well the doings of our lower natures. Fornication, impurity, indecency, idol-worship, sorcery;
Then the passion conceives, and becomes the parent of sin; and sin, when fully matured, gives birth to death.
but I discover within me a different Law at war with the Law of my understanding, and leading me captive to the Law which is everywhere at work in my body--the Law of sin.
and no longer lend your faculties as unrighteous weapons for Sin to use. On the contrary surrender your very selves to God as living men who have risen from the dead, and surrender your several faculties to God, to be used as weapons to maintain the right.
Therefore put to death your earthward inclinations--fornication, impurity, sensual passion, unholy desire, and all greed, for that is a form of idolatry.
What causes wars and contentions among you? Is it not the cravings which are ever at war within you for various pleasures?
At that time, then, what benefit did you get from conduct which you now regard with shame? Why, such things finally result in death.
and you also were once addicted to them, while you were living under their power.