repentance was also a preaching of faith, as is shown by <441904>Acts 19:4 ? ?John baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people that they should believe on him that should come after him, that is, on Jesus.? Repentance involves faith: <442021>Acts 20:21 ? ?testifying both to Jews and to Greeks repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ?; <421510>Luke 15:10, 24 ? ?there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth...this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost and is found?; 19:8, 9 ? ?the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have wrongfully exacted aught of any man, I restore fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, Today is salvation come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham? ? the father of all believers; cf. <480306>Galatians 3:6, 7 ? ?Even as Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness. Know therefore that they that are of faith, the same are sons of Abraham.?
<420318> Luke 3:18 says of John the Baptist: ?he preached the gospel unto the people,? and the gospel message, the glad tidings, is more than the command to repent, it is also the offer of salvation through Christ; see Prof. Wm. Arnold Stevens, on John the Baptist and his Gospel, in Studies on the Gospel according to John. 2Chron. 34:19 ? ?And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the law, that he rent his clothes.? Moberly, Atonement and Personality, 44-46 ? ?Just in proportion as one sins, does he render it impossible for him truly to repent. Repentance must be the work of another in him. Is it not the Spirit of the Crucified which is the reality of the penitence of the truly penitent?? If this be true, then it is plain that there is no true repentance which is not accompanied by the faith that unites us to Christ.
(d) That, conversely, wherever there is true faith, there is true repentance also.
Since repentance and faith are but different sides or aspects of the same act of turning, faith is as inseparable from repentance as repentance is from faith. That must be an unreal faith, where there is no repentance, just as that must be an unreal repentance where there is no faith. Yet because the one aspect of his change is more prominent in the mind of the convert than the other, we are not hastily to conclude that the other is absent. Only that degree of conviction of sin is essential to salvation, which carries with it a forsaking of sin and a trustful surrender to Christ.
Bishop Hall: ?Never will Christ enter into that soul where the herald of repentance hath not been before him.? <470710>2 Corinthians 7:10 ? ?repentance unto salvation.? In consciousness, sensation and perception
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