Repentance is a thorough change of person’s natural heart, upon the subject of sin. We are all born in sin. We naturally love sin. We take to sin, as soon as we can act and think—just as the bird takes to flying, and the fish takes to swimming. There never was a child that required schooling or education in order to learn deceitfulness, selfishness, passion, self-will, gluttony, pride and foolishness. These things are not picked up from bad companions, or gradually learned by a long course of tedious instruction. They spring up of themselves, even when boys and girls are brought up alone. The seeds of them are evidently the natural product of the heart. The aptitude of all children to these evil things is an unanswerable proof of the corruption and fall of man. Now when this heart of ours is changed by the Holy Spirit, when this natural love of sin is cast out, then takes place that change which the Word of God calls “repentance.” The person in whom the change is created is said to “repent.” They may be called, in one word, a repentant person.
But I dare not leave the subject here. It deserves a closer and more searching investigation. It is not safe to deal in general statements, when doctrines of this kind are handled. I will try to take repentance to pieces, and dissect and analyze it before your eyes. I will show you the parts and portions of which repentance is made up. I will endeavor to set before you something of the experience of every truly repentant person.
~ J.C. Ryle
► Beginning Monday (6/6) through Friday (6/10), I will provide a short quote for each mark from the chapter entitled Repentance in Ryle’s book Old Paths.
Monday (6/6): True Repentance Begins with a Knowledge of Sin
Tuesday (6/7): True Repentance Produces Sorrow For Sin
Wednesday (6/8): True Repentance Produces Confession of Sin
Thursday (6/9): True Repentance Produces a Breaking Off From Sin
Friday (6/10): True Repentance Produces a Deep Hatred of Sin
Saturday (6/11): Summarizing the 5 Marks of Repentance