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Romans 7:23 - War on My Mind Bookmark

The law of the mind in this place is not to be understood as referring to the mind as it is naturally, and as our mind is from our birth, but of the mind which is renewed by the Spirit of God. (Geneva Bible Translation Notes)

He perceived it by experience; he felt the force and power of inbred corruption working in him, and as a law demanding obedience to it; and which he might well call "another law", it being not only distinct from, but opposite to the law of God he delighted in; the one is good, the other evil; this other law is a transgression of the law of God, and which he observed to be "in his members", i.e. in the members of his body; not that it had its seat only, or chiefly in his body, and the parts of it, but because it exerted itself by them, it made use of them to fulfill its lusts (Dr. John Gill)

But I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. (NASB)

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (KJV)

But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. (NLT)

But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that is in my members. (NET)

It is once again good to reiterate that the war wages because of the law that points out our fallen nature.  But since we are no longer subject to the law the war is only fought when we place ourselves under the law.  Notice I said, "we place ourselves."  How stupid is that?  Way stupid!  Paul was sharing openly from "experience" the perceptions of his personal war that we might fully understand both our falleness and the victory that is ours in Christ Jesus!  Fortunately for us God has created a new day, and called it today, whereby we may enter into His Sabbath rest!  Each day is new and precious and ever so fragile.  We now have a new chooser that allows us to choose to follow Christ or "we place ourselves" back under the law by our rebelliousness.  If we are under the law then we are held captive as a prisoner is captured in a conflict and held against his will.  Held not by the Law of God but by the law of sin and death.  However, if we choose Christ, we are no longer captives to our own sin but bond-slaves of Christ's righteousness that lives in us the power to save us from our sin!

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.  So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NLT)

This is therefore no metaphysical speculation, but a practical matter: Slight and superficial conceptions of our state of natural degradation, and of our insufficiency to recover from it of ourselves, fall in too well with our natural inconsiderateness, and produce that fatal insensibility to the divine warning to "flee from the wrath to come," which we cannot but observe to prevail so generally.  Having no due sense of the malignity of our disease, and of its dreadful issue, we do not set ourselves to work in earnest to obtain the remedy, as to a business arduous indeed, but indispensable: for it must ever be carefully remembered, that this deliverance is not forced on us, but offered to us; we are furnished indeed with every help, and are always to bear in mind, that we are unable of ourselves to will or to do rightly; but we are plainly admonished to "work out our own salvation with fear and trembling."--Watchful, for we are encompassed with dangers; "putting on the whole armor of God," for "we are beset with enemies." (William Wilberforce)

The law of the mind in this place is not to be understood as referring to the mind as it is naturally, and as our mind is from our birth, but of the mind which is renewed by the Spirit of God. (Geneva Bible Translation Notes)

He perceived it by experience; he felt the force and power of inbred corruption working in him, and as a law demanding obedience to it; and which he might well call "another law", it being not only distinct from, but opposite to the law of God he delighted in; the one is good, the other evil; this other law is a transgression of the law of God, and which he observed to be "in his members", i.e. in the members of his body; not that it had its seat only, or chiefly in his body, and the parts of it, but because it exerted itself by them, it made use of them to fulfill its lusts (Dr. John Gill)

But I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. (NASB)

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (KJV)

But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. (NLT)

But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that is in my members. (NET)

It is once again good to reiterate that the war wages because of the law that points out our fallen nature.  But since we are no longer subject to the law the war is only fought when we place ourselves under the law.  Notice I said, "we place ourselves."  How stupid is that?  Way stupid!  Paul was sharing openly from "experience" the perceptions of his personal war that we might fully understand both our falleness and the victory that is ours in Christ Jesus!  Fortunately for us God has created a new day, and called it today, whereby we may enter into His Sabbath rest!  Each day is new and precious and ever so fragile.  We now have a new chooser that allows us to choose to follow Christ or "we place ourselves" back under the law by our rebelliousness.  If we are under the law then we are held captive as a prisoner is captured in a conflict and held against his will.  Held not by the Law of God but by the law of sin and death.  However, if we choose Christ, we are no longer captives to our own sin but bond-slaves of Christ's righteousness that lives in us the power to save us from our sin!

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.  So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NLT)

This is therefore no metaphysical speculation, but a practical matter: Slight and superficial conceptions of our state of natural degradation, and of our insufficiency to recover from it of ourselves, fall in too well with our natural inconsiderateness, and produce that fatal insensibility to the divine warning to "flee from the wrath to come," which we cannot but observe to prevail so generally.  Having no due sense of the malignity of our disease, and of its dreadful issue, we do not set ourselves to work in earnest to obtain the remedy, as to a business arduous indeed, but indispensable: for it must ever be carefully remembered, that this deliverance is not forced on us, but offered to us; we are furnished indeed with every help, and are always to bear in mind, that we are unable of ourselves to will or to do rightly; but we are plainly admonished to "work out our own salvation with fear and trembling."--Watchful, for we are encompassed with dangers; "putting on the whole armor of God," for "we are beset with enemies." (William Wilberforce)



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