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Anti-pelagian Writings by St. Augustine

Chapter 21 [VIII.]--The Same Continued.

It is not nature, therefore, which, sold as it is under sin and wounded by the offence, longs for a Redeemer and Saviour; nor is it the knowledge of the law -- through which comes the discovery, not the expulsion, of sin -- which delivers us from the body of this death; but it is the Lord's good grace through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Chapter 21 [IX.] -- The Same Continued.

This grace is not dying nature, nor the slaying letter, but the vivifying spirit; for already did he possess nature with freedom of will, because he said: |To will is present with me.| Nature, however, in a healthy condition and without a flaw, he did not possess, for he said: |I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth nothing good.| Already had he the knowledge of God's holy law, for he said: |I had not known sin but through the law;| yet for all that, he did not possess strength and power to practise and fulfil righteousness, for he complained: |What I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.| And again, |How to accomplish that which is good I find not.| Therefore it is not from the liberty of the human will, nor from the precepts of the law, that there comes deliverance from the body of this death; for both of these he had already, -- the one in his nature, the other in his learning; but all he wanted was the help of the grace of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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