Home Study Courses BUSINESS & COMMUNITY
VALUES: Value Added
CHRISTIAN BOOKS: Catalogue
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: Class
Education DOCTRINE: Westminster
Heritage Centre NEW BOOK: Cosmic
War Survival NEWS: NEWS -
NEWS - NEWS ONLINE MAGAZINE: Ultimate
Truth ORIGINS: Creation
Lab RTC Reformed
Theological College Curriculum RESEARCH: Online
Encyclopedia WORSHIP: Psalms
Confession 15.1. 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)
(a) Zech. 12:10; Acts 11:18.
(b) Luke 24:47; Mark 1:15; Acts 20:21.
Confession 15.2. 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 of His commandments.(d)
(c) Ezek. 18:30, 31; Ezek. 36:31; Isa. 30:22; Ps. 51:4; Jer. 31:18, 19; Joel
2:12, 13; Amos 5:15; Ps. 119:128; II Cor. 7:11.
(d) Ps. 119:6, 59, 106; Luke 1:6; II Kings 23:25.
Confession 15.3. Although repentance be not to be rested
in, as any satisfaction for sin, or any cause of the pardon thereof,(e) which
is the act of God's free grace in Christ;(f) yet is it of such necessity to
all sinners, that none may expect pardon without it.(g)
(e) Ezek. 36:31, 32; Ezek. 16:61, 62, 63.
(f) Hosea 14:2, 4; Rom. 3:24; Eph. 1:7.
(g) Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 17:30, 31.
Confession 15.4. 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.(i)
(h) Rom. 6:23; Rom. 5:12; Matt. 12:36.
(i) Isa. 55:7; Rom. 8:1; Isa. 1:16, 18.
Confession 15.5. Men ought not to content themselves
with a general repentance, but it is every man's duty to endeavour to repent
of his particular sins, particularly.(k)
(k) Ps. 19:13; Luke 19:8; I Tim. 1:13, 15.
Confession 15.6. As every man is bound to make private
confession of his sins to God, praying for the pardon thereof;(l) upon which,
and the forsaking of them, he shall find mercy:(m) so, he that scandalizeth
his brother, or the Church of Christ, ought to be willing, by a private or
public confession, and sorrow for his sin, to declare his repentance to those
that are offended,(n) who are thereupon to be reconciled to him, and in love
to receive him.(o)
(l) Ps. 51:4, 5, 7, 9, 14; Ps. 32:5, 6.
(m) Prov. 28:13; I John 1:9.
(n) James 5:16; Luke 17:3, 4; Joshua 7:19; Ps. 51 throughout.
(o) II Cor. 2:8.