WCOF: Of Saving Faith and Repentance unto Life

Chapter XIV – Of Saving Faith.

  1. The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls,(1) is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts,(2) and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word:(3) by which also, and by the administration of the sacraments, and prayer, it is increased and strengthened.(4)

(1)                Heb 10:39.

(2)                2Co 4:13; Eph 1:17,18,19; Eph 2:8.

(3)                Ro 10:14,17.

(4)                1Pe 2:2; Ac 20:32; Ro 4:11; Lk 17:5; Ro 1:16,17.

 

  1. By this faith, a Christian believeth to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God Himself speaking therein;(1) and acteth differently upon that which each particular passage thereof containeth; yielding obedience to the commands,(2) trembling at the threatenings,(3) and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come.(4) But the principal acts of saving faith are accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace.(5)

(1)                Jn 4:42; 1Th 2:13; Jn 5:10; Ac 24:14 (2)       Ro 16:26.

(3)                Isa 66:2.

(4)                Heb 11:13; 1Ti 4:8.

(5)                Jn 1:12; Ac 16:31; Gal 2:20; Ac 15:11.

 

iii.                 This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong;(1) may be often and many ways assailed and weakened, but gets the victory;(2) growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance through Christ,(3) who is both the author and finisher of our faith.(4)

(1)                Heb 5:13,14; Ro 4:19,20; Mt 6:30; Mt 8:10.

(2)                Lk 22:31,32; Eph 6:16; 1Jn 5:4,5.

(3)                Heb 6:11,12; Heb 10:22; Col 2:2.

(4)                Heb 12:2

Chapter XV – Of Repentance Unto Life.

  1. Repentance unto life is an evangelical grace,(1) the doctrine whereof is to be preached by every minister of the Gospel, as well as that of faith in Christ.(2)

(1)                Zec 12:10; Ac 11:18.

(2)                Lk 24:47; Mk 1:15; Ac 22:21.

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,(1) purposing and endeavouring to walk with Him in all the ways of His commandments.(2)

(1)                Eze 18:30,31; Eze 36:31; Isa 30:22; Ps 51:4; Jer 31:18,19; Joel 2:12,13; Am 5:15; Ps 119:128; 2Co 7:11.

(2)                Ps 119:6,59,106; Lk 1:6; 2Ki 23:25.

iii.                 Although repentance be not to be rested in, as any satisfaction for sin, or any cause of the pardon thereof,(1) which is the act of God’s free grace in Christ;(2) yet it is of such necessity to all sinners, that none may expect pardon without it.(3)

(1)                Eze 36:31,32; Eze 16:61-63.

(2)                Hos 14:2,4; Ro 3:24; Eph 1:7.

(3)                Lk 13:3,5; Ac 17:30,31.

As there is no sin so small but it deserves damnation;(1) so there is no sin so great, that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repent.(2)

(1)                Ro 6:23; Ro 5:12; Mt 12:36.

(2)                Isa 55:7; Ro 8:1; Isa 1:16,18.

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.(1) (1) Ps 19:13; Lk 19:8; 1Ti 1:13,15.

As every man is bound to make private confession of his sins to God, praying for the pardon thereof (1) upon which, and the forsaking of them, he shall find mercy;(2) 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;(3) who are thereupon to be reconciled to him, and in love to receive him.(4) (1) Ps 51:4,5,7,9,14; Ps 32:5,6.

(2)                Pr 28:13; 1Jn 1:9.

(3)                Jas 5:16; Lk 17:3,4; Josh. 7:19; Ps 51.

(4)                2Co 2:8.

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5 Responses to WCOF: Of Saving Faith and Repentance unto Life

  1. Anonymous says:

    “Madmanna says: so there is no sin so great, that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repent.(2)”

    How much “truly” is it in repentance?
    The Trinitarians (especially Calvinists) dismiss importance of repentance. For them what saves is not our repenting, but the faith in Jesus’ divinity. A Calvinist elect doesn’t need repentance at all as they can never resist their preordained election.

    In the Calvinist dictionary there’s no such a thing as the free will, such as “those who repent”, what takes place a Fatalism, such as “those whom God forced to repent”.

    Other Calvinists may soften their Fatalist stance by arguing that our desire of repenting is “caused” or first-moved by the free, uncaused, unconditional will of God, hence our repentance is counted nothing, not as our righteousness, even the elect’s coming to Jesus is imposed by God without preconditions of his works nor his consent. Now suddenly the Calvinists just talk more or less like the Jews, the Unitarians and Moslems. Justification is free. A man’s desire to return again via repentance is given, it is free.

    Since God is the only source of goodness, certainly none can be moved to repent except it is given by God. Nevertheless God gives it freely (uncaused), and by a free terms (can be resisted by the free will).

    In the Calvinist world, not only God gives the desire to repent freely also He imposes it, hence justification can’t be resisted. In Calvinism, the freedom is paradoxically binding.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hence there’s such a Calvinist Limbo.
    A man who truly repents after being moved by God’s free mercy but doesn’t have enough faith in Jesus is either saved or not saved. In the absolutism of Calvinist world, the man’s repentance or moving by God’s mercy of coming to God is a vain divine comedy.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What must a Calvinist do to be saved? Nothing. What the elect is doing can’t save him. An elect is a puppet of salvation.
    Acts 16
    30 And after he brought them out, he said, Lords, what must I do to be saved? 31 They said, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.
    Acts 2
    37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

  4. θ says:

    In Islam, the name of the Medieval sect that denies the free will is Jabariya, stoic or Calvinistic version of Moslems. Their theology is like Buddhist’s, they believe suffering or Samsara is caused by the man’s free will. Any agreement by the free will is a sin, even a man’s “submissive” will is a disobedience or a defilement of the pure Cosmic will.
    They argue, when men are credited in making even a bit righteousness, they commit a sin of boasting, pride and arrogance. As nothing from the filthy rags can bring a purity, nothing from man can bring a goodness.

    The Jabarites are so devilish so that in order to diminish their free will they would use a dart to choose a thing for them (chosen by the random chances) when they are presented by the options.
    Qur’an condemns the Fatalism (relying on the randomness) in Q.3, v.44 and Q.5, v.3.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Human is empirical creation. We will know only after the event occurs. Difference between the greater knowledge of God and the limited knowledge of men is like a difference between a man who knows the math and an empirical person who doesn’t know math when calculating. A man who knows math would immediately get that 16 must be the number everyone will get for doing a consistent pattern of multiplying the number by itself at the 4th try. On the other hand, an empirical person still needs to calculate using many objects until he gets to a realisation that 16 is indeed 4 X 4.

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