Romans 7:17-18

Romans 7:17-18 — Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

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.

Now = this being the case (not referring to time)

Do = practice, as in verse 15

no more = it can no longer be maintained as an argument

flesh (as in Romans 6:19) = human nature apart from divine influence

good (agathos — first usage in verse 18) = beneficial

good thing — even those things that seem good from a natural point of view are void of goodness without a right relationship with God

good (kalos — second usage in verse 18) = intrinsically good

Paul is saying that he is incapable of doing anything beneficial in his flesh that will produce real good.


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