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The more the convicted person attempts to clean his own life, the more sin he discovers. He begins to see sin not only in certain words and actions in his life, but also in his thoughts and motives. The more the Holy Spirit shines light into his soul, the more sin the person observes in the mirror of the law. He sees not only his actual sins, but also his original sin. He sees that he not only commits sin occasionally, but continually. His heart is a polluted fountain that only produces corrupt works. Sinfulness is uncovered in everything in the convicted person's life, even in the things he previously felt were "good". When God's light and standard are applied to them, even his "self-righteousnesses" become as filthy rags in God's sight.

In this manner, the Holy Spirit uses the law to bring a convicted sinner to the end of the law as a means of earning his own righteousness. All hope and expectation in himself and in his own efforts and reformations are cut off.

In summary, the Holy Spirit uses the law to convince and convict a person of his state of misery in three ways:

    1. To convict of actual sin - sin in thought, word, and action

    2. To convict of original sin - total inward corruption of heart, will and motive

    3. To destroy all hopes of self-righteousness - of bettering oneself to earn or deserve salvation

The Holy Spirit also uses the law, although more indirectly, in the matter of deliverance. The more a person is cut off from hope and expectation in self, the more a need for salvation by substituion is generated -the greater place and room for Jesus Christ is prepared in the soul. Also, the more God's law, His standard of righteousness and holiness, is revealed, the more an esteem for Jesus Christ is produced.

In summary, the Holy Spirit uses the law to further a person's knowledge of deliverance in two ways:

    1. By working a need, by making place and room, and by producing cries and prayers, for Jesus Christ

    2. By increasing esteem for Jesus Christ and His perfect righteousness


For I was alive without the! law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.

For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.

Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

0 wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

- Romans 7:9-14, 24-25a



Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets.

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

- Romans 3:20-24


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