The pursuit of holiness is possible insofar as our life story is woven together with the death and resurrection of Jesus. Does anyone seriously believe she or he can live up to God’s ideals by their own strength? So how do we grow? How do we move towards holiness? The simple answer is: by grace! Grace leads us by the hand towards holiness because it testifies to us that we have been united with Christ. United with Him in His death over sin. United with Him in His resurrection into new life. We now have the resident ability — because we reside in Him— to choose holiness because sin is no longer our Master. While sin will not give up its rule easily, its reign has been overcome by grace (5.21).
Romans 6 is a Gospel Magna Carta. We are no longer slaves to King Sin's destructive tyranny. There is a new ruler in town— King Grace!