Romans 7:14

14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.

If the law is good, why can’t it bring holiness? Because I am carnal (Romans 8:3).

Paul’s progression:

  1. The law is spiritual (verse 14).

  2. There is nothing good in the flesh (verse 18).

  3. So there’s a result — when I would do good, evil is present (verse 21).

spiritual = holy, righteous and good (verse 12). Invisible and powerful — originating with God and in harmony with His character.

carnal = fleshly (in ethical, as opposed to material, sense)

sold under = fully dominated by — refers to the futility of the law as a means of deliverance.

Verse 14 is the end of Paul’s answer to the question in verse seven and an introduction to the rest of the chapter.

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