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the duty and nature of repentance, a portion of which is subjoined.
6 God having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.” Acts iii. 26.
66 Him (i. e., Christ) hath God exalted, with his right hand, to be a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.” Acts v. 31.
“ Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." Isa. lv. 7. 1.6If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts—prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only: and he will deliver you.” 1 Sam. vii. 3.
“ When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice, (for the Lord thy God is a merciful God) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee.” Deut. iv. 30, 31. .
“ As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way, and live: Turn ye, turn ye, from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel ?” Ezek. xxxiii. 11.
6 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your heart and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness." Joel ii. 12, 13.
“ The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound ; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn ; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah lxi. 1-3.
“Come unto me all ye that labour
and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt. xi. 28.
« The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” Psalm xxxiv. 18. · "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." Psalm li. 17.
66 To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” Isa. lxvi. 2.
“ He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." Prov. xxviii. 19.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John i. 9.
6 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isa. i. 18.
“ Bring forth, therefore, fruits meet for repentance.'' Matt. iii. 8.
FAITH IN CHRIST. Faith occupies a conspicuous place in the scheme of salvation; not as possessing, in itself, any meritorious efficacy, but as an important instrument. It is through faith that we perceive the adaptation and sufficiency of Christ's atoning sacrifice; and by ils exercise, that we appropriate it to ourselves. It is possible that Christ may have died for the salvation of sinners, and that God may be prepared to reconcile them to himself; and yet, without faith,