Romans 7:1 ¶ Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? 2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. 3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. 4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God..........7 ¶ What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. Take note that "the law" Paul has in view includes the ten commandments as verse 7 quotes the tenth commandment. Both the ceremonial and civil law are based upon the ten commandments as is all law including the law written upon the conscience of Gentiles (Rom. 2:14-15). If we are not justified or sanctified by the ten commandments we are not justified or sanctified by any law of commandments. That is precisely Paul's point in Romans 7:6-25. While he was unregenerated (Rom. 7:6-13) the law could not justify him, give him life or save him but only expose and condemn all his efforts to conform to it. When he became saved (Rom. 7:14-25) the law could not sanctify him or produce through him a godly life. Why? Because the Law has no life or power to do anything but reveal sin and righteousness. Because the law cannot regenerate or sanctify anyone. We are sanctified the very same way we are justified - "As you received the Lord Jesus Christ SO WALK ye in him" - Col. 2:6 "If we LIVE in the Spirit then let us WALK in the Spirit" - Gal. 5:25 If we are justified by faith in the Person and provision of Jesus Christ WITHOUT OUR WORKS then we are sanctified by faith by the Person and power of the indwelling Spirit of God WITHOUT OUR WORKS. If we received Christ by faith then we are to walk by faith in the power of the Holy Spirit as well. This is the ONLY way to obtain justification and sanctification as there is NTHER WAY! 1 Cor. 1:30 But OF HIM are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. The provision of Christ must justify us and the power of the Holy Spirit must sanctify us. The Law serves only one purpose - to define sin and expose all men as sinners so as to lead them away from their own obedience and power to be justified and sanctified but lead them to faith in Christ for justification and faith in the Holy Spirit's power for sanctification. All those who live by faith and walk by faith are those whose lives manifest obedience to the commandments of God. All those who are justified by works and are sanctified by works are self-righteous hypocrits (Mt. 7:21-23) who are more ungodly than the harlots and publicans. "the works of the law" EQUAL commandment keeping by your own person in your own power whereas justification by faith and sanctification by faith EQUAL justification by Christ's commandment keeping imputed to us and santification by the power of the Spirit working through us by faith.