Gospel Remorse

December 22nd, 2008 | 3 Comments | Quotes Gospel Remorse |  Facebook

“Legalistic remorse says, ‘I broke God’s rules,’ while real repentance says, ‘I broke God’s heart.’ Legalistic repentance takes sin to Mt. Sinai, gospel repentance to Mt. Calvary. Legalistic repentance is convicted by punishment, gospel repentance becomes convicted by mercy.”
- Timothy Keller

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3 Responses to “Gospel Remorse”

  1. Legalism occurs when one of the following occur: when one seeks to be justified by God’s Law, or when one enforces the traditions of man equal to or higher than God’s Law. Legalism does not occur when one upholds the holy, just and good Law of God and seeks to conform to His instruction to advance sanctification. “The Law points us to Jesus for Justification, and Jesus points us to the Law for Sanctification.” Praise God for Psalm 119 :)

  2. Sarah says:

    Don’t a lot of the psalms say, “against you only have I sinned,” and go on to say, “against your holy law” and stuff like that? What’s wrong with recognizing it offended God’s holiness, which is inseparable from God Himself? I mean… How can you not see it as going against God’s character, his law, his ways, and himself? Don’t they go hand in hand?

    Merry Christmas-

  3. Sarah says:

    I just read the comment above mine… which makes sense. But I’m not sure if I’m totally getting the original quote, or agreeing with it totally. Doesn’t mean I think its wrong, but as I understand it I don’t see it as complete. Anyhow. This is a great site, keep sharing the Word for our blessed Savior. :)


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