The Westminster Confession of Faith: Of Repentance unto Life.

We will devote each Lord’s Day in 2021 at to present a portion of the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF). For those unfamiliar with the WCF, a brief explanation is appropriate. 

The Westminster Confession of Faith is a Reformed confession of faith. Drawn up by the 1646 Westminster Assembly as part of the Westminster Standards to be a confession of the Church of England, it became and remains the “subordinate standard” of doctrine (to Scripture) in the Church of Scotland and has been influential within Presbyterian churches worldwide.

It is to that “most precise and accurate summary of the content of biblical Christianity” that we will give our time and attention to each Lord’s Day in the year of our Lord, 2021. I trust you will be edified and encouraged each week by The Westminster Confession of Faith.

Chapter Fifteen: Of Repentance unto Life.  

1. Repentance unto life is an evangelical grace,a the doctrine whereof is to be preached by every minister of the gospel, as well as that of faith in Christ.b

a. Zec. 12:10Acts 11:18. • b. Luke 24:47Mark 1:15Acts 20:21.

2. 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,a purposing and endeavoring to walk with him in all the ways of his commandments.b

a. Ps. 51:4119:128Isa. 30:22Jer. 31:18-19Ezek. 18:30-3136:31Joel 2:12-13Amos 5:152 Cor. 7:11. • b. 2 Kings 23:25Ps. 119:659106Luke 1:6.

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

a. Ezek. 16:61-6336:31-32. • b. Hosea 14:24Rom. 3:24Eph. 1:7. • c. Luke 13:35Acts 17:30-31.

I encourage you to read the portions of Scripture listed in this post.

Have a blessed Lord’s Day.

\Soli deo Gloria!

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