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evangelical repentance

The other day I received in the mail a sermon booklet titled "Evangelical Repentance" by Rev. John Hill (1711-1746) and I looked at this morning as I was having morning devotions/seeking the face of God. In this sermon I came across something I was writing about in my blogs about spiritual illumination. I will quote from this old gospel sermon.

"2. The Spirit shews the sinner the defiling nature of sin, as opposed to the holiness of that God with whom he hath to do. As attended with guilt, sin is the object of our fear; as attended with filth, pollution, and defilement, it is the object of our shame. An almost Christian sees sin in the first light, but the man who is altogether such, is the only person that can behold it in the second. We may dread the punishment of sin from God, and be afraid of the shame of our sins, should they be known to men; but to hate sin, as offensive to the pure eyes of infinite holiness; to loathe it because it is the abominable thing which his soul hateth, this is an attainment which only the renewed soul arrives at. Cain was afraid lest every one that he met should take vengeance upon him for his sin; "My punishment is greater than I can bear," was his constant complaint, and his only concern. But David says, "wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin," Psalm 51:2. And Job breaks forth, "I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes," Job 42:6. And to whom God gives a new heart, and a right spirit, it is said, they shall remember their own evil ways, and their doings which were not good, and shall loathe themselves in "their own sight, for their iniquities, and for their abominations." Ezek. 36:31. We never take a view of the holiness of God with a spiritual eye, but we always immediately reflect upon ourselves with shame and confusion of face. Thus it was with the prophet Isaiah 6:5. "Then said I, Woe is me, for I am undone (a man cut off) because I am a man of unclean lips, etc. for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts." The Spirit leads us by the word into a thorough sight of the defiling nature of sin."

"[27] And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.
[28] And he left all, rose up, and followed him.
[29] And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.
[30] But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?
[31] And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.
[32] I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
[33] And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?
[34] And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?
[35] But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
[36] And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old.
[37] And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.
[38] But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.
[39] No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better." Luke 5:27-39


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