OK…this goes to the question of God’s expectations of humans (especially in the Age of Grace). They ask, “How can we have the Spirit indwelling and not increase in righteousness?” I ask, “How can we have a sin nature indwelling and not increase sin?”
Seems we are caught with two causal dynamics, with our Faith/Faithfulness being the hinge. Perseverance in good works? Seems to be a legitimate option. A stumbling-staggering grope toward the light (perhaps)? Seems God left that in play as well!
“But the Spirit is stronger,” they say.
“Yes, but then why do we sin at all?”
The only answer is FREEDOM (Galatians 5:1 & 13).