1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith
Chapter 15: Of Repentance Unto Life
1. Such of the elect as are converted at riper years, having sometime lived in the state of nature, and therein served divers lusts and pleasures, God in their effectual calling giveth them repentance unto life.
( Titus 3:2-5 )
2. Whereas there is none that doth
good and sinneth 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 believers so sinning and
falling be renewed through repentance unto salvation.
( Ecclesiastes 7:20; Luke 22:31, 32 )
3. This saving repentance is an
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, praying for pardon and strength of grace, with a
purpose and endeavour, by supplies of the Spirit, to walk before God
unto all well-pleasing in all things.
( Zechariah 12:10; Acts 11:18; Ezekiel 36:31; 2 Corinthians 7:11; Psalms 119:6; Psalms 119:128 )
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 man's duty to repent of
his particular known sins particularly.
( Luke 19:8; 1 Timothy 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 damnation; yet there is no sin so great that it shall bring
damnation on them that repent; which makes the constant preaching of
( Romans 6:23; Isaiah 1:16-18 Isaiah 55:7 )
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