BUST [tier Daniel W. Kerr, Editor Hillsborough, H. C. April 13,1844. REPENTANCE. ice is a doctrine that stands at* ses the correct scripture definition rtf the thing; and he may assuredly know, that whatever be his claims or preten sions, he is still in his sins, and has no ex perimental knowledge of that redemption w liichH in Christ Jesus. For indeed, it! is not impossible but that one may, in view of repentance, reform his life, pursue a mo ral and to all appearance upright course of conduct, and yet at the sgme tim# possess no particular smd defiiuS experimental knowledge upon the subjeef. In fact, it does nj^consist in any external actions whateVef; even tears, lamentations, groans and confessions constitute not true and genuine repentance. These may be the fruits and legitimate productions of repen tance, but; are by no means the thing i* self. Repentance being mainly the work of preparation for the reception of Christ, ifc JoUows as a consequence, that it is of indispensable necessity tofdhe salvation of sinners; hence the Lord Jesus Christ has solemnly declared; (Luke xiii. 3.) “ Ex cept ye repentyve'shall all likewise pe rish.” ThejBBwB dispensation' cy abd graJPMts ushered into th b5r the baptisnt of repentance. John, who j as the minister ofihis iniJjj sation, instructed the rttsfoftudes ed to his baptism, to “ hri^forth fruits meet for repentance,” and not to imagine that because they were the natural de scendants of Abraham, that therefore they were entitled to the privileges of the new dispensation lAudi he wai introducing. Evangelical repentance, the Apostle has taught us, is a godly sorrow for sin; a sorrow for sin which has respect unto God, that is, produces in the mind a dis position of returning unto the offended Sovereign of the universe. It stands op posed to the «fcrrow of the world, inas much as the one is coifftected with de spair, and leads to death; the other is con nected with hope, and leads to life. In deed, genuine, evangelical repentance may be considered as a part of that glorious spiritual system which Christ caitic to in troduce, and which he died tq establish; and it is no less the work of * the divine Spirit in the hearts of transgressors, than the work of regeneration itself is. Who ever, therefore, may conclude that he can obtain repentance, or rather the grace of it, at his|jpwn option, and when it may suit his own convenience, in the end may find Jiim self wofully mistaken. It is con sequently of absolute importance to pay timely and earnest attention to this duty. Although repentance is the work/of God in the sinner’s soul, yet that work is not effectuated and carried out without the concurrence of the sinner himself. The first it in every heart. require seedi nurture and cultivation. ^ That contrition df heart which is an iudispcnsiblc \ are produced in the soul by divine grace, but are not consummated except by the consent? and co-operation of the subject himself. It is evident tlrat the divine Being cannot repent for transgres sors; end it is equally evident, and per fectly consistent with the general tenor of the word of God, that he does plant the mmrn nay

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