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pass from death unto life;" we must “ make us a new heart and a new spirit ;" we must be newed by the Holy Spirit,” and “ transformed by the renewing of our mind;" we must “ put off the old man, and put on the new man;" we must be “turned from the power of Satan unto God;" we must become tures,” pass through a “new creation;" and, in the words of the text : “ UNLESS YE REPENT,
Now, then, I turn to you who hear me, and I implore you all, to compare these declarations, so express, of the eternal Word of God, with what has passed in your bosoms, since you have heard the preaching of the Gospel. I implore you to consider, how very vain and frivolous, by the side of declarations such as these, appear the notions which so many persons among us form for themselves, respecting religion, the conversion of the heart, and their Christian service :-certain external formalities, certain religious observances, in which the heart feels not and speaks not; certain
cold and languid performances of an ever feeble devotion, certain vague projects of future repentance, rather than hearty resolutions and sincere endeavours.--Ah! what in common have these empty seemings, this sickly glow of devotion, these dreary shadows of piety, with what Scripture tells us of an efficacious repentance, when she represents it as the deliverance from a state of death, as the passing from the power of Satan to God, as a resurrection, as a being born again? Oh, then, I implore you once more to ask yourselves, while yet there is time, with earnest solicitude, whether you would be led by the various cares, the various honours, the many delights of a world, which, after all, is but “ a fashion that passeth away,” should it be found, at the last day, that you are not of Christ's flock, that “ your heart is not right in the sight of God," that you
are yet in the bond of iniquity,” and that, to speak the language of Scripture, you have "neither part nor lot, in this matter?"
LUKE xiii. 1-5.
There were present at that season some that told him of the
Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their
sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these
Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because
they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise
perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and
slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men
that dwelt in Jerusalem ? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise
WHAT IS REPENTANCE? A complete answer to this important question would, doubtless, lead us far beyond the limits which we must at · present prescribe to ourselves. Without proposing, therefore, to explain to you the nature