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The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 7:22-23

The inner warfare. Even prior to their self-dedication to the service of God, men are conscious of the two opposing laws of which the text speaks. The conflict is intensified and its issue rendered certain by the saving knowledge of the truth, but it is not entirely abolished. All men can therefore echo in some degree the utterance of the apostle. I. OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW OF GOD MEANS A VICTORY WON OVER A PART OF SELF . There is a dualism in man; the lower... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Romans 7:22

For I delight - The word used here Συνήδομαι Sunēdomai, occurs no where else in the New Testament. It properly means to rejoice with anyone; and expresses not only approbation of the understanding, as the expression, “I consent unto the law,” in Romans 7:16, but more than that it denotes sensible pleasure in the heart. It indicates not only intellectual assent, but emotion, an emotion of pleasure in the contemplation of the Law. And this shows that the apostle is not speaking of an unrenewed... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Romans 7:22

Romans 7:22. For I delight in the law of God On this verse, chiefly, rests the opinion that the apostle, in the latter part of this chapter, is describing the character of a regenerate man. Its votaries think they find in this verse all the marks of a Christian. In general they assert, “to have our inward man, our mind and heart, delighted in the law of God, is to have our souls delighted in a conformity to him; it is to love God himself, to love to be like him in the inward man, having his... 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 7:22

delight. Greek. sunedomai. Only here. Compare Psalms 1:2 ; Psalms 112:1 ; Psalms 119:35 (Septuagint) inward . Greek. eso . Adverb used as Adjective. Compare 2 Corinthians 4:16 . Eph 3:16 . 1 Peter 3:4 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Romans 7:22

For I delight in the law of God after the inward man.This is said to be the verse, beyond all others, which shows that Paul was speaking of Christians in this passage; but a glance at Romans 2:17-20 reveals that the legal Jew is still the exclusive subject. The language: here is nearly identical with that, where it is said that the man "rested upon the law, gloried in God, knew his will, approved the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law," etc. In fact, Paul's description... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Romans 7:22

22. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man—"from the bottom of my heart." The word here rendered "delight" is indeed stronger than "consent" in Romans 7:16; but both express a state of mind and heart to which the unregenerate man is a stranger. 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 7:22-23

Intellectually Paul argued that he should obey the Mosaic Law (Romans 7:22), but morally he found himself in rebellion against what he knew was right."In the light of Romans 8:7-8 it is difficult to view the speaker here [in Romans 7:22] as other than a believer." [Note: Bruce, p. 146.] This natural rebelliousness was something he could not rid himself of. Perhaps Paul used the term "law of the mind" because the mind has the capacity to perceive and make moral judgments. [Note: Witmer, p. 468.]... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Romans 7:1-25

The Inadequacy of the Law to save1-6. St. Paul had spoken of the Law in a way which would offend an earnest Jew: cp. Romans 3:20-21; Romans 4:15; Romans 5:20. In this chapter (Romans 7:7-25) he shows that the Law is divine in its character and beneficent in its work, but unable to free a man from the power of sin. Indeed, though not the cause, it is the occasion of sin. But first, in Romans 5:1-6, the statement in Romans 6:14, that Christians are not under law, is enforced and explained. Law... read more

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