Of Repentance Unto Life and Salvation.
Chapter 15, Paragraph 1.
“Such of the Elect as are converted at riper years, having sometime lived in the state of nature, and therein served divers lusts and pleasures, God in their Effectual Calling gives them Repentance unto Life.”
Can you teach an old dog new tricks?
More people are living longer than their predecessors did. Rather than rocking in chairs all day, many of those old enough to be grandparents are out and about, active and influential. Many of those are without Christ as well.
The elect come to faith at all different ages. Some when they are young, not having much time to commit various sins. Others, however, remain in that unregenerate corrupted nature for years. They have racked up numerous sins of diverse kinds. Not only are they saturated in their corrupt nature, they are quite familiar with committing sin. Well seasoned veterans at vice, they are.
From a human perspective, hardened hearts firmly set in patterns of sin are unlikely to change their ways. Yet the elect is there among them. God draws His people from among the mature, experienced sinners as well. He grants them repentance unto life. They are changed, and act accordingly.
You might not be able to teach an old dog new tricks. But God can.
Questions to Consider
- Is anyone too sinful to repent?