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Anti-pelagian Writings by St. Augustine

Chapter 20.--In Me, that Is, in My Flesh.

And he declares both more plainly in what follows: |For I delight in the law of God after the inward man; 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.| But in that he said, |bringing me into captivity,| he can feel emotion without consenting to it. Whence, because of those three things, two, to wit, of which we have already argued, in that he says, |But I am carnal,| and |Sold under sin,| and this third, |Bringing me into captivity in the law of sin, which is in my members,| the apostle seems to be describing a man who is still living under the law, and is not yet under grace. But as I have expounded the former two sayings in respect of the still corruptible flesh, so also this latter may be understood as if he had said, |bringing me into captivity,| in the flesh, not in the mind; in emotion, not in consent; and therefore |bringing me into captivity,| because even in the flesh there is not an alien nature, but our own. As, therefore, he himself expounded what he had said, |For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing,| so also now out of the exposition of that we ought to learn the meaning of this passage, as if he had said, |Bringing me into captivity,| that is, |my flesh,| |to the law of sin, which is in my members.|
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