The Doctrine of Repentance

The Doctrine of RepentanceKnowing what repentance is, and actually repenting are essential to true Christianity. Jesus Christ himself said that if we do not repent, we will perish! It is vital, therefore, to read and study what Scripture has to say about this theme. Few better guides have existed in this or any other area of spiritual experience than The Doctrine of Repentance. Watson was a master of both Scripture and the human heart, and wrote with a simplicity and directness that keeps his work fresh and powerful for the twenty-first century.
 
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The Hearts of the Best are Like Peter’s Sheet

The hearts of the best are like Peter’s sheet, on which there were a number of unclean creeping things (Acts 10:12). This primitive corruption is bitterly to be wailed because we are never free from it. It is like a spring underground, which through it is not seen, yet it still runs. We may as well stop the beating of the pulse as stop the motions of sin. “Doctrine of Repentance” pg. 73

A Real Penitent Turns Out of the Road of Sin

A real penitent turns out of the road of sin. Every sin is abandoned: as Jehu would have all the priests of Baal slain (II Kings 10:24) – not one must escape – so a true convert seeks the destruction of every lust. He knows how dangerous it is to entertain any one sin. He that hides one rebel in his house is a traitor to the Crown, and he that indulges one sin is a traitorous hypocrite. “Doctrine of Repentance”  pg. 54

Origen Calls Confession the Vomit of the Soul

Pharaoh confessed he had sinned (Exod. 9:27), but when the thunder ceased he fell to his sin again: ‘he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart’ (Exod. 9:34). Origen calls confession the vomit of the soul whereby the conscience is eased of that burden which did lie upon it. Now, when we have vomited up sin by confession we must not return to this vomit. What king will pardon that man who, after  he has confessed his treason, practices new treason? “Doctrine of Repentance”  pg. 32

It is Dangerous to Keep the Devil’s Counsel

Those iniquities which men hide in their hearts shall be written one day on their foreheads as with the point of a diamond. They who will not confess their sin as David did, that they may be pardoned, shall confess their sins as Achan did, that they may be stoned. It is dangerous to keep the devil’s counsel; ‘He that covers his sins shall not prosper’ (Prov. 28:13). “Doctrine of Repentance”  pg. 32

A Hard Heart is an Anvil

A hard heart is the anvil on which the hammer of God’s justice will be striking to all eternity. “Doctrine of Repentance”  pg. 84

Under a Veil a Deformed Face is Hid

Is it not strange that two should live together, and eat and drink together, yet not know each other? Such is the case of a sinner. His body and soul live together, work together, yet he is unacquainted with himself. He knows not his own heart, nor what a hell he carries about him. Under a veil a deformed face is hid. Persons are veiled over with ignorance and self-love; therefore they see not what deformed souls they have. The devil does with them as the falconer with the hawk. He blinds them and carries them hooded to hell. “Doctrine of Repentance”  pg. 19

Affliction is Good for Us

There is more malignity in a drop of sin than in a sea of affliction, for sin is the cause of affliction, and the cause is more than the effect. The sword of God’s justice lies quiet in the scabbard till sin draws it out. Affliction is good for us: ‘It is good for me that I have been afflicted’ (Psa. 119:71). Affliction causes repentance (II Chron. 33:12). The viper, being stricken, casts up its poison; so, God’s rod striking us, we spit away the poison of sin. Affliction betters our grace. Gold is purest, and juniper sweetest, in the fire. Affliction prevents damnation (I Cor. 11:32). “Doctrine of Repentance”  pg. 49