A Last Look at Sanctification and Law (Romans 5:20-6:2)
Don Johnson, June 24, 2012
We conclude the sanctification chapters by emphasizing that although sanctification is an internal process that produces external results as opposed to a law-based effort attempting to reform the inside by imposing discipline on the outside, there remains yet a law and a will of God. We can't ignore that the goal of sanctification is to conform ourselves to the perfect will of God. Success comes from an inside out growth in grace, and we are assured of the constancy of our relationship with God in spite of our struggles with sin, but we can't forget that the struggle is real and necessary.
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20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? (ESV)