The Man in Romans 7:14-25 I wanted to call attention to this treatise of Owen because of his masterly exposition of the man in Romans 7:14-25.
As to those who would consider that the passage speaks of an AWAKENED sinner, i.e. the view of Lloyd-Jones in his book, The Law and It's Functions - (1)all verbs in Romans 7:7-13 are past tense, in vs.14-25 they are present tense. (2)Pauls statement, "I am carnal sold under sin" is his existential experience(what he is feeling) not what is STRICTLY true - compare Gal. 5:17 "so that ye cannot do the things that ye would," which is spoken of Christians. (3)I delight in the law after the inward man is foreign language to someone who is merely awakened, but is true language for a Christian. (4)"Not I, but sin that dwelleth in me" is speaking of a new nature still being renewed, not an unregenate sinner, further proved by, "I myself serve the law of God but with the flesh the law of sin." why thank God if he is unregenerate? He knows he will have the victory in the end. Romans 8:4 that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit. These verses are parallel NOT speaking of two different spiritual conditions. (5)the law that Paul finds in vs.21 is the law of indwelling sin, not the moral law.