“ Sin is not man, his essence, body or soul; but it is something in man’s body and soul.
“ Original sin is not the nature and substance of man but a corruption of them, of man’s mind, reason, will, and all powers of his body and soul. They are corrupted in that they have no capabilities at all of themselves in spiritual things but are turned away from God, the highest good, to evil… The devil and condemned men are and remain the creation of God, even after the fall. But sin in them is the devil’s work. He got it started. He cannot create anything but can corrupt what was created good…

St. Paul demonstrates that with clear words when he writes: ‘I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. For I do what I do not want to do; rather I do not do it, but the sin which dwells within me does it. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil sticks to me’ (Romans 7:17, 20-21). Here St. Paul clearly makes a difference between himself, that is between his essence, and sin. He does not say that he or his nature is sin but that sin is in him and sticks to him, that he desires to be utterly free from sin.

Therefore there is one St. Paul — his nature, substance, essence, body and soul — and something else, sin, which remains in St. Paul’s substance, nature, essence, body and soul, and which sticks to him. He has his essence from God and his sin from the evil enemy, who attached it to our first parents.