We’ve covered justification – that by God’s grace a Christian is declared righteous the moment he takes Christ as his Savior. Now we begin to tackle sanctification – that the believer grows in holiness in his relationship with God. You mean we’re not done with sin? Nope. And sin is not done with us. According to Robert Mounce: “Any justification that does not lead to sanctification is a sham. Any sanctification not founded upon justification is an exercise in legalistic futility and does not deserve the name.” Let’s get ready to rumble . . . with sin.
For next time, read Romans 6:15-23.
PP. 553-554 in the Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary (or equivalent in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Abridged Edition)
PP. 155-159 in the New American Commentary.