(A.) In his description of the experimental conflict Paul employs the present tense. In the preceding text, when he did describe his experience as an unregenerate sinner, he used the past tense.
(B.) There are elements of the portraiture which are wholly inapplicable to the case of the unregenerate and only suitable to that of the regenerate.
(3) The unregenerate do not and cannot delight in the Law that it is holy, just and good. “The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7).
(4) The unregenerate do not hate, but love, sin; the regenerate hate sin (vs. 15; Psa. 97:10).
(5) The unregenerate do not have two natures, or principles, in conflict with each other, as do the regenerate; which conflict the apostle represents as characterizing believers (Gal. 5:17).
(6) The unregenerate do not have a bitter and uncompromising struggle against sin, and fervent longing to be delivered from it, as does the apostle and all true believers (vs. 15 & 24).
(7) The unregenerate have not the ability to disclaim sin, as do the regenerate (vs.17). It is a lie for an unregenerate man to use this language. It is he, in every sense, who sins. But there is a sense in which the truly regenerate man may honestly employ it — the sense in which he is a new creature in the Lord Jesus Christ, justified and adopted in Him.
(8) The unregenerate have no thankfulness and confident expectation. As for the regenerate, although his efforts cannot deliver him from the sinful principle within him, the grace of God through Christ will accomplish his deliverance (vs. 25).
(9) After Paul's expression of this confident hope of deliverance for the believer, he still affirms the existence in him of the conflict which he has described vs. 25).