The Conflict of Two Natures

14 For we know that the Law is (A)spiritual, but I am (B)of flesh, (C)sold [a](D)into bondage to sin. 15 For what I am doing, (E)I do not understand; for I am not practicing (F)what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with (G)the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17 So now, (H)no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my (I)flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For (J)the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, (K)I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.

21 I find then (L)the [b]principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God [c]in (M)the inner man, 23 but I see (N)a different law in [d]the members of my body, waging war against the (O)law of my mind and making me a prisoner [e]of (P)the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from [f](Q)the body of this (R)death? 25 (S)Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh (T)the law of sin.

Deliverance from Bondage

Therefore there is now no (U)condemnation for those who are (V)in (W)Christ Jesus. For (X)the law of the Spirit of life [g]in (Y)Christ Jesus (Z)has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For (AA)what the Law could not do, [h](AB)weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in (AC)the likeness of [i]sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the (AD)requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who (AE)do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on (AF)the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, (AG)the things of the Spirit. (AH)For the mind set on the flesh is (AI)death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is (AJ)hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are (AK)in the flesh cannot please God.

However, you are not (AL)in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God (AM)dwells in you. But (AN)if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10 (AO)If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is [j]alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who (AP)raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, (AQ)He who raised (AR)Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies [k]through His Spirit who dwells in you.

12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13 for (AS)if you are living according to the flesh, you [l]must die; but if by the Spirit you are (AT)putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are (AU)being led by the Spirit of God, these are (AV)sons of God. 15 For you (AW)have not received a spirit of slavery [m]leading to fear again, but you (AX)have received [n]a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “(AY)Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself (AZ)testifies with our spirit that we are (BA)children of God, 17 and if children, (BB)heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, (BC)if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

Footnotes

  1. Romans 7:14 Lit under sin
  2. Romans 7:21 Lit law
  3. Romans 7:22 Or concerning
  4. Romans 7:23 Lit my members
  5. Romans 7:23 Lit in
  6. Romans 7:24 Or this body of death
  7. Romans 8:2 Or has set you free in Christ Jesus
  8. Romans 8:3 Lit in which it was weak
  9. Romans 8:3 Lit flesh of sin
  10. Romans 8:10 Lit life
  11. Romans 8:11 One early ms reads because of
  12. Romans 8:13 Or are going to
  13. Romans 8:15 Lit for fear again
  14. Romans 8:15 Or the Spirit

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