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| Chapter VII.—An exhortation to repentance. |
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Chapter VII.—An exhortation to
These things, beloved, we write
unto you, not merely to admonish you of your duty, but also to remind
ourselves. For we are struggling on the same arena, and the same conflict
is assigned to both of us. Wherefore let us give up vain and fruitless
cares, and approach to the glorious and venerable rule of our holy
calling. Let us attend to what is good, pleasing, and acceptable in the
sight of Him who formed us. Let us look stedfastly to the blood of
Christ, and see how precious that blood is to God,35
which, having been shed for our salvation, has set the grace of
repentance before the whole world. Let us turn to every age that has
passed, and learn that, from generation to generation, the Lord has
granted a place of repentance to all such as would be converted unto Him.
Noah preached repentance, and as many as listened
to him were saved.36
Jonah proclaimed destruction to the Ninevites;37
but they, repenting of their sins,
propitiated God by prayer, and obtained salvation, although they were
aliens [to the covenant] of God.
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