A Little Time With The 1689: Day 216

Day 216

Of Repentance Unto Life and Salvation.

Chapter 15, Paragraph 5.

“Such is the provision which God hath made through Christ in the Covenant of Grace, for the preservation of Believers unto Salvation, that although there is no sin so small, but it deserves damnation; yet there is no sin so great, that it shall bring damnation to them that repent; which makes the constant preaching of repentance necessary.”

Scripture Lookup

Romans 6:23
Isaiah 1:16-18, 55:7

Reflection

There is no sin too small to slip through the cracks of God’s justice. No matter how minuscule you may consider it, that sin is a glaring neon contrasted with the spotless white of God’s law. Christian, do not treat your sin too lightly. While you are justified by faith, that sin causes a rift in your communion with God. Repent of your small sins, and receive forgiveness and restoration.

There is no sin too great that it lies outside the ability of Christ. You may see the magnitude of your sin as blocking out the light of God’s forgiveness, but that is not so! For in order to see your sin means that light still comes to you. Sin can not totally eclipse the love of God for one who repents. Repent of your big sins, then, and see how His face shines upon you with lovingkindness.

Persistent repentance is the means by which we are preserved unto salvation. A life marked by repentance, trusting in the work of Christ, is a life that will endure to the end. When repentance is preached, we are pointed once again to the majesty of God’s mercy through Jesus Christ. Repentance is not something from which to shy away. Rather, we ought to see it as the grace that it is, and welcome it, for it draws us close to God.

Questions to Consider

  • Are you avoiding repentance?
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