Paul expresses that human nature is “subject to vanity,1 not willingly…” (Rom. 8:20). This statement means that human nature must obey its frailty or lack of health and strength. This delicate nature is not by the will of humans. All humans begin life with such a weak nature, which is to say that, no human has a powerful human nature. If this is so, then what is the purpose of human nature’s weakness?

  1. Here, the word “vanity” (mataiotés) lacks the modern definition, which is pride, self-love, or conceit; it instead means lack of strength.

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