For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
This mention of fruit brings to mind the kind of fruit we bore when we were “in the flesh”. “In the flesh” here is descriptive of our standing before we were saved. Then the flesh was the basis of our standing before God. We depended on what we were or what we could do to win acceptance with Him. “In the flesh” is the opposite of being in Christ. These sinful passions found expression in our physical members, and when we yielded to temptation, we produced poison fruit that results in death.