15:1 Repentance unto life is an evangelical grace (Zech 12:10; Acts 11:18), the doctrine whereof is to be preached by every minister of the Gospel, as well as that of faith in Christ (Mark 1:15; Luke 24:47; Acts 20:21).
15:2 By it, a sinner, out of the sight and sense not only of the danger, but also of the filthiness and odiousness of his sins, as contrary to the holy nature and righteous law of God; and upon the apprehension of His mercy in Christ to such as are penitent, so grieves for, and hates his sins, as to turn from them all unto God (Psa 51:4; 119:128; Isa 30:22; Jer 31:18, 19; Ezek 18:30, 31; 36:31; Joel 2:12, 13; Amos 5:15; 2 Cor 7:11), purposing and endeavouring to walk with Him in all the ways of His commandments(2 Kin 23:25; Psa 119:6, 59, 106; Luke 1:6).
15:3 Although repentance be not to be rested in, as any satisfaction for sin, or any cause of the pardon thereof (Ezek 16:61-63; 36:31, 32), which is the act of God’s free grace in Christ (Hos 14:2, 4; Rom 3:24; Eph 1:7); yet it is of such necessity to all sinners, that none may expect pardon without it (Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 17:30, 31).
15:4 As there is no sin so small, but it deserves damnation(Matt 12:36; Rom 5:12; 6:23), so there is no sin so great, that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repent (Isa 1:16, 18; Isa 55:7; Rom 8:1).
15:5 Men ought not to content themselves with a general repentance, but it is every man’s duty to endeavour to repent of his particular sins, particularly (Psa 19:13; Luke 19:8; 1 Tim 1:13, 15).
15:6 As every man is bound to make a private confession of his sins to God, praying for the pardon thereof (Psa 32:5, 6; 51:4, 5, 7, 9, 14); upon which, and the forsaking of them, he shall find mercy (Prov 28:13; 1 John 1:9): so, he that scandalizeth his brother, or the Church of Christ, ought to be willing, by a private or public confession, and sorrow for his sin, to declare his repentance to those that are offended(Josh 7:19; Psa 51:1-19; Luke 17:3, 4; James 5:16), who are thereupon to be reconciled to him, and in love to receive him (2 Cor 2:8).