Romans 7:22 – I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man.
When the Scriptures speak of the “inner man,” they are referring to the human spirit which has been regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit. Before the new birth, our human spirit was dead in its knowledge and relationship to God. It is simply our natural life which had its beginning in Adam. He lost his standing before God when he chose sin and death over obedience and life (Genesis 2-3).
When one is “born again,” their human spirit is regenerated by the Holy Spirit. “But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds in righteousness, but according to His mercy by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:4-7). We know by the Scriptures and through life experience that the soul of man is not born again of the Spirit. The soul is changed as one allows their spirit to take control and help change the thoughts of the mind. That is why Paul says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5 KJV).
The inner man must be renewed “day by day.” The human spirit does not have life of its own, but its life comes by the “renewing of the Holy Spirit. Eternal life is resident in the believer because the Holy Spirit indwells the believer’s life, being joined with the believer’s spirit, or inner man or heart. All three terms are used interchangeably. “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17).
Paul, communicating with the church of Ephesus, tells them how he is praying. “That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:16-21).
Father, I claim the prayer of Paul for my life. I am asking to be strengthened with power through Your Holy Spirit in my inner man, receiving the riches of Your grace. Renew my inner man daily that I might be faithful and do Your will throughout all my days on earth.