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Romans 7:05 - Flesh and the Law Bookmark

The illustration in this verse and the following is designed to show more at length the effect of the Law, whenever and wherever applied; whether in a state of nature or of grace. It was always the same. It was the occasion of agitation and conflict in a man’s own mind. This was true when a sinner was under conviction; and it was true when a man was a Christian. In all circumstances where the Law was applied to the corrupt mind of man, it produced this agitation and conflict. (Dr. Albert Barnes)

So long as a man continues under the law as a covenant, and seeks justification by his own obedience, he continues the slave of sin in some form. (Mathew Henry)

For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. (NASB)

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. (KJV)

When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death. (NLT)

 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful desires, aroused by the law, were active in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. (NET)

Gal 5:24  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there. (NLT)

Tit 3:3  Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures.  Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. (NLT)

Gal 5:16-17  So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives.  Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves.  The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants.  And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires.  These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. (NLT)

It is our inner nature, lustful passions, that are exercised, because the law prohibits, to seek gratification.  This is the very mechanism that the enemy of our soul will continue to use to deceive us even as we endeavor to walk in the Spirit!  It is this desire for gratification that can lead us into thinking we are following the Lord when we are merely deceiving ourselves.  Should we believe that we are caught up in "holy affections" when we bark like a dog or shake uncontrollably?  These are the "fair shows and glistering appearances" of which Jonathan Edwards spoke during the great awakening.  "War on the Saints" likewise condemns such things as of the devil.  Our inner nature seeks an "experience" and while true religion will bring with it great affections, having such experiences does not necessarily mean they are holy!  The human psyche is capable of great things in its own right, including leading a morally upright life.  The problem is still the man within that wants to have his own way ("justification by obedience")!  However, we know that Jesus is the only way!

"the motions of sin" are meant, the evil passions and affections of the mind, the lusts of the heart, sinful desires, evil thoughts, the imaginations of the thoughts of the heart, the first motions of the mind to sin: these "were by the law"; not as the efficient cause of them, that neither produces nor encourages them;  (Dr. John Gill)

When ye were in the flesh - Carnally minded, in a state of nature; before we believed in Christ. Our sins which were by the law - Accidentally occasioned, or irritated thereby. Wrought in our members - Spread themselves all over the whole man. (John Wesley)

The illustration in this verse and the following is designed to show more at length the effect of the Law, whenever and wherever applied; whether in a state of nature or of grace. It was always the same. It was the occasion of agitation and conflict in a man’s own mind. This was true when a sinner was under conviction; and it was true when a man was a Christian. In all circumstances where the Law was applied to the corrupt mind of man, it produced this agitation and conflict. (Dr. Albert Barnes)

So long as a man continues under the law as a covenant, and seeks justification by his own obedience, he continues the slave of sin in some form. (Mathew Henry)

For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. (NASB)

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. (KJV)

When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death. (NLT)

 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful desires, aroused by the law, were active in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. (NET)

Gal 5:24  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there. (NLT)

Tit 3:3  Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures.  Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. (NLT)

Gal 5:16-17  So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives.  Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves.  The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants.  And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires.  These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. (NLT)

It is our inner nature, lustful passions, that are exercised, because the law prohibits, to seek gratification.  This is the very mechanism that the enemy of our soul will continue to use to deceive us even as we endeavor to walk in the Spirit!  It is this desire for gratification that can lead us into thinking we are following the Lord when we are merely deceiving ourselves.  Should we believe that we are caught up in "holy affections" when we bark like a dog or shake uncontrollably?  These are the "fair shows and glistering appearances" of which Jonathan Edwards spoke during the great awakening.  "War on the Saints" likewise condemns such things as of the devil.  Our inner nature seeks an "experience" and while true religion will bring with it great affections, having such experiences does not necessarily mean they are holy!  The human psyche is capable of great things in its own right, including leading a morally upright life.  The problem is still the man within that wants to have his own way ("justification by obedience")!  However, we know that Jesus is the only way!

"the motions of sin" are meant, the evil passions and affections of the mind, the lusts of the heart, sinful desires, evil thoughts, the imaginations of the thoughts of the heart, the first motions of the mind to sin: these "were by the law"; not as the efficient cause of them, that neither produces nor encourages them;  (Dr. John Gill)

When ye were in the flesh - Carnally minded, in a state of nature; before we believed in Christ. Our sins which were by the law - Accidentally occasioned, or irritated thereby. Wrought in our members - Spread themselves all over the whole man. (John Wesley)



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