June 8 Epistle Reading

Romans 7:14 – 8:2

14 For we know that the law is
spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.15 For
that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I
hate, that do I.
16 If
then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is
good.17 Now
then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18 For I
know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to
will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I
find not.19 For
the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I
20 Now
if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that
dwelleth in me.21 I
find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I
delight in the law of God after the inward man:23 But I
see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and
bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O
wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this
death?25 I
thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself
serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.1 There is therefore now
no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after
the flesh, but after the Spirit.2 For the
law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law
of sin and death.

“It appears that this (v.15) refers to the ignorant Gentiles, whose thoughts Paul is reproducing. For having consigned their destiny and future to their own lusts even to the point of regarding vain idols as having some power over our lives, they deprive man of his glory, which is the ability to live freely, and to have full and complete control over his own will to do whatever he wishes…It may be that someone who is forced to act against his will cannot be blamed for it, but at the same time no rational person will praise him for his godliness and righteousness either. For why should somebody be praised for doing things against his own will, even if he is forced to do so by a power over which he has no control? (Explanation of the Letter to the Romans – Cyril of Alexandria)


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