Of Repentance unto Life and Salvation.
1. Such of the Elect as are converted at riper years,
having (a) sometimes lived in the
state of nature, and therein served divers lusts and pleasures, God
in their Effectual Calling giveth them Repentance unto Life.
a Tit. 3.2,3,4,5.
2. Whereas there is none that doth good, and sinneth
(b) not; and the best of men may
through the power, and deceitfulness of their corruption dwelling in them,
with the prevalency of temptation, fall into great sins, and provocations;
God hath in the Covenant of Grace, mercifully provided that Beleivers so
sinning, and falling, (c) be renewed
through Repentance unto Salvation.
b Eccl. 7.20.
3. This saving Repentance is an (d)
evangelical Grace, whereby a person being by the Holy Spirit made
sensible of the manifold evils of his sin, doth, by Faith in Christ, humble
himself for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self abhorrency;
(e) praying for pardon, and strength
of grace, with a purpose and endeavour by supplies of the Spirit,
to (f) walk before God unto all well
pleasing in all things.
d Zech. 12.10. Act. 11.18.
4. As Repentance is to be continued through the
whole course of our lives, upon the account of the body of death, and the
motions thereof; so it is every mans duty, to repent of his (g)
particular known sins, particularly.
g Luk. 19.8. 1 Tim. 1.13.15.
5. Such is the provision which God hath made through
Christ in the Covenant of Grace, for the preservation of Believers unto
Salvation, that although there is no sin so small, but it deserves (h)
damnation; yet there is no sin so great, that it shall bring damnation
on them that (i) repent; which makes
the constant preaching of Repentance necessary.
h Rom. 6.23.