Most importantly, forensic righteousness is the basis and ground of any transformation that occurs in our lives. This means that any change in the lives of believers is rooted in the objective work of Christ by which believers are declared to be right in God's eyes. But for Paul the work of God is a whole. He never imagined someone who was justified yet who failed to live in newness of life (Rom 6:4). Those who are declared to be in the right are united with Christ, they enjoy the gift of the Spirit, and they are empowered to live in a new way. Thomas Schreiner, Paul, Apostle Of God's Glory in Christ, p. 208.