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78 SER. IV.
REPENTANCE, REMISSION OF SINS, &c.
What saith the Scripture?
"The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord; and what wisdom is in them?" Jer.
viii. 9."Hear, O earth; behold
I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it." Jer. vi. 19.
For the further refutation of this pernicious error, see under Ex. 4.; and under Ser. II., Ex. 2, 3.
Repentance, Remission of Sins, &c.
"As we are brought into a state of repentance, and are sincerely sorry for what we have done; so he grants us the gift of repentance, and we come to experience remission of sins, and reconciliation with our heavenly Father." p. 85.
Here again are Christ and the Gospel set aside. Repentance, remission of sins, justification, reconciliation with God, and present and final salvation, are revealed by the Holy Spirit as being bestowed through Jesus Christ. Here indeed is grace! But let it never be forgotten that the Spirit also emphatically teaches, that it is by the same grace which worketh in us to believe, that these precious gifts are bestowed. — And whoever would uphold the notion, of our finding acceptance with God in any other way than by believing in his