. . .godly repentance strips the sinner of all his righteousness in order to lead him to the cross, where he learns an even deeper repentance, a more pure evangelical repentance. Repentance is the need of the hour, that sinners may bow in the dust, be drawn to the cross, experience the deliverance of the Lamb of God, and then learn to repent over sins committed after [he has] received grace. In the Lamb of God, a sinner who is abnormal on account of sin is made normal by the active and passive obedience of the Lord Jesus to the law, and is received by the Father as righteous in His sight. It is only in this way, when we take refuge, by faith, to a Savior who has fulfilled the law, who has done everything, that our abnormal souls may find normalcy, may find perfect obedience, may find righteousness in the righteousness of Jesus. Then, we shall experience, “The law of God has led me, as a schoolmaster, unto Jesus Christ.”
From: Heidelberg Catechism Sermons by Joel R. Beeke; 4 spiral-bound volumes (n.p.: n.p., undated), 1:44. Excerpted from the answer to Question 3 of the Heidelberg Catechism.
Joel R. Beeke (born in 1952) is an American Dutch Reformed pastor, author, and publisher.