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but gets the victory /; growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance through Christ m, who is both the author and finisher of our faith n.
CHAP. XV. Of Repentance unto Life.
REpentance unto life is an evangelical grace a, the doctrine whereof is to be preached by every minister of the gospel, as well as that of faith in Christ b.
staggered Dot at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. Matth. vi. 30. Wherefore if God so clothe the grafs of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, (hall he not much more clothe yon, O ye of little faith? Matth. viii. 10. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I fay unto you, I have hot found so great faith, no not in Israel.
/ Luke xxii. 31. And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as ,wheat: v. 32. But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. Eph. vi. 16. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye mall be able to quench all the fitry darts of the wicked. I John v. 4. For whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith, v. 5. Who is he that Overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
m Heb. vi. 11. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence, to the full assurance of hope unto she end: v, 12. That ye be not flothful, but followers of them,Who through faith and patience
inherit the promises. Heb. 3t. 22. Let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Col. ii. 2. That their hearts might be comforted, being » knit together in love, and unto all / riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ.
n Heb. xii. 2. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of ourfaith; who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I. a Zech. xii. 10. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications, and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they sliall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his first born. Acts xi. 18. When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
b Luke xxiv. 47. And that repentance and remiffion of sins should be preached in his name, among all nations,
II. By it a sinner, out of the sight and sense, not only of the danger, but. also of the filthiness and odiousness of his sins, as contrary to the holy nature and righteous law of God; and upon the apprehension of his mercy in Christ to such as are penitent; so grieves for and hates his sins, as to turn from them all unto God c, purposing and endeavouring to walk with him in all the ways oi his commandments d.
III. Alnations, beginning at Jerusalem, turn thou me, and I shall be turned j Mark. i. 15. And saying, The time for thou art theLordmyGod. v.19. is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God Surely after that I was turned, I reis at hand: repent ye, and believe pented; and after that I was instructthe gospel. Acts xx. 21. Testifying ed, I smote upon my thigh: I was both to the Jews, and also to the ashamed, yea, even confounded, beGreeks, repentance toward GoA, and cause I did bear the reproach of my faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ, youth. Joel ii. 12. Therefore also II. c Ezek. xviii. 30. Therefore now, faith the Lord, Turn ye even I will judge you, O house of Israel, to me with all your heart, and with, every one according to his ways, fasting, and with weeping, and with faith the Lord God: repent, and turn mourning, v 13. And rent your, yourselves from all your transgres- heart and not your garments, and Cons; so iniquity shall not be your turn unto the Lord your God: for ruin. v. 31. Cast away from you all ,he is gracious and merciful, flow to. your transgressions, whereby ye have anger, and of great kindness, and retransgressed, and make you a new penteth him of the evil. Amosv. 15. heart and a- new spirit; for why will Hate the evil, and love the good, and ye die, O house os Israel? Ezek. establish judgment in the gate . it xxxvi. 31. Then shall ye remember may be that the Lord God os hosts your own evil ways, and your doings will be gracious unto the remnant of that were not good, and shall lothe Joseph. Psal. cxix. 128. Therefore yourselves in your own sight,for your I esteem all thy precepts concerning iniquities, and for your' abomina- all things to be right; and I hate tions.Isi xxx. 22. Ye shall defile also every false way. 2 Cor. vii. 11. For the covering of thy graven images of behold, this self same thing that ye silver, and the ornament of thy mol- sorrowed after a godly sort, what ten images of gold: thou shalt cast carefulness it wrought in you, yea, them away as a menstruous cloth; what clearing of yourselves, yea, thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence, what indignation, yea, what fear, Psal. li. 4. Against thee, thee only yea, what vehement desire, yea what have I sinned, and done this evil in zeal, yea, what revenge! in all' thy sight: that thou mightest be ju- things ye have approved yourselves stifled when thou speaktst, and be to be clear in this matter, clear when thou judgest. Jer. xxxi. d Psal. cxix. 6. Then shall I not 18. I hp.ve surely heard Ephraim be- be ashamed, when I have respect unmoaning himself thus, Thou hast to all thy commandments, v. 59. I chastised me, and I was chastiied, as thought on my ways, and turned my a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: feet unto tby testimonies, v. 106.
III. Although repentance be not to be rested in, as any iatisfaction for sin, or any cause of the pardon thereof e, which is the act of God's free grace in Christ /j_yet is it of such necessity to all sinners, that none may expect pardon without itg.
IV. As there is no sin' so small but it deserves damnation h; so there is no sin so great, that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repent /.
V. Men and lively faith c: and by them believers manifest their thankfulness d, strengthen their assurance e, edify their brethren f, adorn the profession of the gospel g, stop the mouths of the adversaries h, and glorify God i, whose
1 have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments. Luke i. 6. And they were both righteous before God, walking 'a all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord, blameless.
2 Kings xxiii. 2 J. And like unto him, was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his foul, and with al| his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.
III. 1rE2ek.xxxv1.31. Then (halj ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities, and for your abominatjops. v. 52. Not for your fakes dp I this, faith the Lord God, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel. Ezek, xvi. 61. Then thou (halt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when thou (halt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger; and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant, v. 62.4nd I will establish my covenant with thee, and thou (halt know that I am the Lord: v. 63. That thou ma; est remember and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, stith the Lord God.
f Hos. xiv. 2. Take with you yords, and turn to the Lord, fay un
to him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves .of our lips. v.4.1 will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. Rom.iii. 24. Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ. Eph.i. 7. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of fins, according to> the riches of his grace.
g Luke xiii. 3. I tell you, Nay: but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. v.j.I tell you, Nay: but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Acts xvii. 30. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but nqw commandeth all men every where to repent: v.31. Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath i;rdained: whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
IV. h Rom. vi. 23. For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal |ife, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. v. 12. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. Matth. xii. 36. But I say unto you, that every idle word that men (hall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
/' Is. lv. 7. Let the wicked forsake
workidolatry: because thou hast rejected hath forgotten that he was purged the word of the Lord, he hath also from his old sins. v. 10. Whererejected thee from being king. fore the rather, brethren, give di,11. c James ii. 18. Yea, a man ligence to make your calling and may fay, thou hast faith, and I have election sure: for if ye do these works: shew me thy faith without things, ye shall never fall, thy works, and I will stiew thee f 2 Cor. ix. 2. For I know the my faith by my works, v. 22- Seest forwardness of your mind, for which thou how faith wrought with his 1 boast of you to them of Macedoworks, and by works was faith nia, that Achaia was ready a year made perfect i ago; and your zeal hath provoked
i/Pfal.cxvi. 12- What (hall I ren- very many. Matth.v.16. Let your Aer unto the Lord, for all his bene- light so shine before men, '.hat they fits towards me? v. 13. I will take may fee your good works, and glothe cup of salvation, and call upon rify your Father which is in heaven, the name of the Lord. 1 Pet. ii. 9. g Titiii.j. To be discreet,chaste, But ye are a chosen generation, a keepers at home, good, obedient to royal priesthood, an holy nation, a their own husbands, that the word peculiar people; that ye should shew of God be not blasphemed, v. 9. forth the praises of him who hath Exhort se-vants to be obedient unto called you out of darkness into his their own masters, and to please marvellous light. them well in all things; not an
e 1 Johnii. 3. And hereby we do swering again, v. 10. Not purloinknow that we know him, if we keep ing, but shewing all good fidelity; his commandments, v. $. But who- that they may adorn the doctrine so keepeth his word, in him verily of God our Saviour in all things, is the love of God perfected: here- v. 11. For the grace of God that by know we that we are in him. bringeth salvation hath appeared to 2 Pet. i. 5. And besides this, giving all men; v. 12. Teaching us, that all diligence, add to your faith, denying ungodliness, and world▼irtue; and to virtue, knowledge; ly lusts, we should live soberly, v. 6. And to knowledge, tempe- righteously, and godly in this prerance; and to temperance, patience; sent world. 1 Tim. vi. 1. Let as and to patience, godliness, v. 7. many servants as are under the And to godliness, brotherly kind- yoke, count their own masters worness; and to brotherly kindness, thy of all honour; that the name charity, v. 8. For if these things of God and his doctrine be not biasbe in you, and abound, they make phemed. .''
you that ye shall neither be barren, b 1 Pet. ii. 1 j. For so is the will nor unfruitfui in the knowledge of of God, that with well-doing ye our Lord Jesus Christ, v. 9. But may put to silence the ignorance of he that lacketh these things, is foolish men.
blind, and cannot see far off, and / 1 Pet. ii. 12. Having your conversation [Chap. XVI. The Confession os Faith. 89
workmanship they are, created in Christ Jesus thereunto i; that, having their fruit unto holiness, they may have the end eternal life /.
III. Their ability to do good works is not at all of themselves, but wholly from the Spirit of Christ m. And that they may be enabled thereunto, besides the graces they have already received, there is required an actual influence of the fame Holy Spirit, to work in them to will and to do of his good pleasure n: yet are they not hereupon to grow negligent, as if they were not bound to perform any duty, unless upon a special motion of the Spirit; but they ought to be diligent in stirring up the grace of God that is in them 0.
versation honest among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works which they (hall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Phil. i. 11. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ unto the glory and praise of God. John xv. 8. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit,so mall ye be my disciples.
k Eph. ». icr. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
/ Rom. vi.' 22. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
III. -m John xv. 4. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine: no more can ye, except ye abide in me. v. 5. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the fame bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing, v. 6. If a man abide not in me, he i's cast forth as a branch, and is wi
thered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. Ezek. xxxvi. 26. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you, and
1 will take away the stony heart out of your flelh, and I will give you an heart of flesh, v. 27. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
72 Phil.ii. 1?. For it is God which worketh in you, both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Phil. iv. 13. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 2 Cor. iii. j. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves: but our sufficiency is of God.
0 Phil. ii. 12. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence; work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Heb. vi. 11. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence, to the full assurance of hope unto the end: v. 12. That ye be not slothful, but followers of them, who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
2 Pet. i. 3. According as his divine