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VENTER, Dirk J. Romans 8:3-4 and God's resolution of the threefold problems of sin, the incapability of the law and the weakness of the flesh. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2014, vol.48, n.1, pp.01-07. ISSN 2305-0853.
Ensuing from the argument of Romans 7:7-25, 8:3-1 presents 'the incapability of the law' as a significant part of the greater problem of sin that needed resolution. This is brought to the fore best when the opening clause of Romans 8:3 (τό ... αδύνατον) is seen as an accusative of respect with dependant clauses and not as an anacoluthon as is often supposed. This opening clause points out sin's two concomitant problems as (within this context) the primary points of reference in regard to which the claims of Romans 8:3-4 are made. Consequently, in Romans 8:3-4 Paul addresses the resolution of this threefold problem. In Romans 8:3 in particular, he argues that, through the mission of God's Son, the problems of sin and the weakness of the flesh are resolved by the condemnation of sin in the flesh (of Christ). This has the purpose-result of also resolving the problem of the incapability of the law through Christ's fulfilment of the requirement of the law (Rm 8:4).