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Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Romans 7:14

The remainder of this chapter has been the subject of no small degree of controversy. The question has been whether it describes the state of Paul before his conversion, or afterward. It is not the purpose of these notes to enter into controversy, or into extended discussion. But after all the attention which I have been able to give to this passage, I regard it as describing the state of a man under the gospel, as descriptive of the operations of the mind of Paul subsequent to his conversion.... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Romans 7:14

Romans 7:14. For we know that the law is spiritual Extending to the spirit of man; forbidding even the sins of the spirit; sins internal, committed merely in men’s minds, such as vain thoughts, foolish imaginations, carnal inclinations, pride, self-will, discontent, impatience, anger, malice, envy, revenge, and all other spiritual evils, in the commission of which the body has no concern: enjoining, at the same time, all spiritual graces and virtues, such as humility, resignation, patience,... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Romans 7:1-25

The law cannot help (7:1-25)Through Christ, believers have not only died to sin, they have died to the law also, which means that their lives are now different. Paul gives an example. If a husband dies, the wife is no longer bound to him and is free to marry again. Likewise believers have died to the law so that the bond between them and the law is broken. However, they have been raised to new life and are now united to another, the living Christ (7:1-4). Formerly, they found that the more the... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Romans 7:14

spiritual. See Romans 1:11 . carnal . Greek. sarkikos, according to the Received Text ( App-94 ), but the Critical Texts read sarkinos (compare 2 Corinthians 3:3 ). under . App-104 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Romans 7:14

For we know that the law is spiritual but I am carnal, sold under sin.Paul here began consideration of a third element in the law of Moses that made it an absurdity to accept the law as binding upon Christians, that being the fact that justification was absolutely impossible under that system. See paragraph heading this chapter. If proof had been wanting that it is the law of Moses under consideration, here it is again. Of what other law could it have been said that "it is spiritual"? Paul's... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Romans 7:14

Romans 7:14. But I am carnal— The Apostle is here demonstrating the insufficiency of the law, in opposition to the Gospel; but if by I he meant himself, or any other person whohad embraced the Gospel, then his argument would prove the insufficiency of the Gospel, as well as of the law. The verse may be paraphrased thus: "For we all are agreed that the law is spiritual, requiring actions pure and rational, and quite opposite to those which our carnal affections dictate. But I, the sinner, am... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Romans 7:14

14. For we know that the law is spiritual—in its demands. but I am carnal—fleshly (see on :-), and as such, incapable of yielding spiritual obedience. sold under sin—enslaved to it. The "I" here, though of course not the regenerate, is neither the unregenerate, but the sinful principle of the renewed man, as is expressly stated in :-. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Romans 7:13-25

3. The law’s inability 7:13-25In Romans 7:13-25 Paul continued to describe his personal struggle with sin but with mounting intensity. The forces of external law and internal sin (i.e., his sinful nature) conflicted. He found no deliverance from this conflict except through the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 7:25). Many students of this passage, including myself, believe what Paul was describing here was his own personal struggle as a Christian to obey the law and so overcome the promptings of his... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Romans 7:14

As a foundation for what follows, the apostle reminded his readers that all the godly ("we") know that the Law is "spiritual" (Gr. pneumatikos; cf. 1 Corinthians 3:1). It came from God (cf. Romans 7:22; Romans 7:25). Paul did not want his readers to understand what he was about to say about the Law as a criticism of God who gave it.In contrast to the good Law, Paul was fleshly or unspiritual (Gr. sarkinos, made of flesh; cf. 1 Corinthians 3:1). Man is essentially different from the Law because... read more

John Darby

Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament - Romans 7:14

7:14 know (m-3) Oida . as ch. 6.16. *I* (n-10) I have put 'I' in italic when the personal pronoun ego is emphatically introduced in Greek and the emphasis is not otherwise apparent. fleshly, (o-12) @Sarkinos. see Note, 1 Corinthians 3:1 . read more

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