Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Where there are unclear rules nobody is at fault. However, when the rules are set, any violation of them involves a failure on the part of whoever did it. The introduction of the Law of God through the Ten Commandments involved the establishment of what is sin. Anything contrary to what the law says is an offense against God. In contrast, the gospel of grace leads to righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For centuries, many preachers were aware of the importance of emphasizing the law before giving the good news of the gospel to non-believers. Martin Luther said, “The first duty of the gospel preacher is to declare God’s Law and show the nature of sin.” He also said: “In its true work and correct essence the law prepares a man, if you use the law correctly, to crave and seek the grace.”
English preacher Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said: “The law should make them die before they can be vivified by the Gospel.” And another British preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) said: “The true evangelism always must begin with the preaching of the Law.” Both agree on the same point that centuries before them Luther had expressed. The preaching of the law paves the way for accepting grace.
An American pastor of this time, Jerry Cross, has also been expressed in a similar way when he said: “The more we learn to see the depth of our sin; we see the depth of God’s grace.” Unfortunately, in our day, Most preachers emphasize the desirability of our earthly problems are resolved to become Jesus Christ, instead of talking the only problem solved when we make that decision.
I’ll be very honest with you whom hear me or read this message. If you are seeking the face of God because you are unemployed, because you have family problems, because you are depressed or have many debts, I don’t guarantee you that by becoming Christ you’re going to solve all these problems. However, I do know that when you die you will stop having each of these problems. The thing is that there is another bigger problem than all these together with which you will face when you die. That problem is: what will happen to you after there?
God’s Law confronts you and states you are a sinner and your final destination is hell, unless you repent and accept Jesus Christ and get, by grace, eternal life. I will end with the words of American theologian Lewis Sperry Chafer (1871-1952): “No one on earth has authority, or right, to forgive sins, no one could forgive them, except Jesus, who is the only one against who all have sinned.” May the Spirit of God gives you accept conviction of sin and grace. God bless you.