Romans 7:14 We know that the Law is spiritual, but I am a creature
of the flesh [worldly, self-reliant—carnal and unspiritual], sold into slavery to sin
[and serving under its control -total depravity
]. 15 For I do not understand my own actions [I am baffled and bewildered by them]. I do not practice what I want to do
, but I am doing the very thing I hate
- and yielding to my human nature
, my worldliness—my sinful capacity]. 16 Now if I habitually do what I do not want to do [total depravity]
, [that means] I agree with the Law, confessing
that it is good (morally excellent). 17 So now [if that is the case, then] it is no longer I who do it [the disobedient thing which I despise], but the sin [nature] which lives in me[total depravity
]. 18 For I know that nothing good lives in me[total depravity]
, that is, in my flesh [my human nature, my worldliness—my sinful capacity]. For the willingness [to do good] is present in me, but the doing of good is not [total depravity
]. 19 For the good that I want to do, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want [total depravity
]. 20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want to do, I am no longer the one doing it [that is, it is not me that acts], but the sin [nature] which lives in me. AMP
And this from possibly the GREATEST CHRISTIAN TO EVER LIST - Paul
The Source of and Credit for our Good Works is God.
It is a mystical union with God. It is God doing all things for the benefits of those that are united to Him. John 17:21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, (1 Corinthians 6:17), that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.
Augustine: “But I commend not the works of my hands, for I fear that when thou examinest them thou wilt find more faults than merits. This only I say and desire, despise not the works of thy hands. See in me thy work, not mine. If thou sees mine, thou condemnest; if thou sees thine own, thou crownest. Whatever good works I have are of thee".