Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.1

76 Of Repentance. S E R M. the new covenant, was what all the follow IV. ers of Chrifl were underftood to be hound to, as the genuine effe ±, I may fay, the continuation of that repentance which was begun at their converfion to chriftianity, baptifm. This repentance was fuppofed, when once fincerely begun, never to be re- voked, nor to need to be repeated, as the apoftle fpeaks, 2 Cor. vii. io. not to be re- pented of ; as the Peal of it was never to be received but once; and therefore, in the 6th chapter to the Hebrews, repentance from dead works, as well as faith, and in confe- quence of both, baptifm is reckon'd as the foundation of chriftianity not to be laid again. To fuppofe men called to repent in the fame manner as at their firft profefiing the religion of Chrift, is to fuppofe that the foundation is deftroy'd, that in effect they have departed from chriftianity, and renoun- ced their baptifm ; thus falling from grace and returning to that (late of death in tref- pá /s and fins wherein the world lay, like the unconverted Gentiles who walked in the vanity of their minds, and according to their former lu, fls in ignorance ; and this is a fup- pofition which is not made in the general ftradn