Romans 1:1-31, “16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
What God commands in the LAW, perfection, is what He has provided in the Gospel, GRACE. Christ satisfied the demands of the Law for us that we might become the righteousness of God. The Law giver was the Law keeper and the Law satisfier for the Law breakers.
The right use of the law prepares men for grace, it reveals the righteousness of God to convince men that God is good and they are bad. This leads to conviction that leads to repentance that leads to salvation (faith). Conviction is when a sinner takes sides with God against himself. He truly sees himself as a law breaker, deserving God’s wrath. He sees that he deserves hell because of God’s justice and with one voice he cries out, “what must I do to be save”, John 16:8.
Conviction leads to repentance. Repentance is when a sinner takes all his so called assets from his asset column and sets them on liability column and forsakes them. This is a change of heart, direction. Declaring bankrupt, done with self so as to be filled with Him, Matthew 19:23-26.
Godly sorrow bring about repentance, by showing us what we have done wrong first and magnifying it’s seriousness and the cost of making things right. When we are left with our mouths stopped and shut under His law, convicted of our sins, and have nothing else to justify ourselves. When we see we deserve the just punishment, in the midst of our dilemma, God turns to reveal the cross and says your fine is paid in full with my Son’s own blood. This is what drives one to repent. 2Corinthians 7:10, “for godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; ….”, Psalm 51:16, “for you do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. 17 the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite (deeply sorry) heart— these, O God, you will not despise.
Repentance leads to justification (salvation), Justification is what God does FOR us, Sanctification is what God does IN us. Justification means saved from the PENALTY of sin, from the demands of the law (God’s wrath), in other words declared not guilty when one repents. Romans 3: 24, “ being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be JUST and the JUSTIFIER of the one who has faith in Jesus”
It’s impossible for a patient to accept heart transplant unless he is fully convinced of his need for it. Therefore the law is the scalpel a surgeon’s assistant (believers) put in the hands of the surgeon (Holy Spirit) to perform a heart surgery in order to take away the heart of stone (rebellion) and give him a heart of flesh (repentance and obedience) and then the gospel (God’s pill), good news comes to heal him (salvation). Blessings Ev