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R E D E M P T I O N
By BENJAMIN HOLLOWAY, L.L.B.
Sorrow according to God worketh Repentance to Sala vation not to be Repented of, but the Sorrow of the World worketh Death.
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Acts II. 38. Repent, and be Baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ, for the Remission of Sins, and ye shall receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
HE Words are part of the Sequel of St. Peter's Sermon to the People of the Jews and other Nations,
when they were gather'd about the Apostles, on Occasion of the Wonderful Defcent of the Holy Ghost upon Them, with the Gift of Languages and Miracles: Which, He told them, was but the Effect or Consequence of the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ, as the Same had been plainly fore-declar'd by all the ancient Prophets; assuring them, that all Power in Heaven and Earth was now given of God to that same Jesus whom they had lately Crucified; for that God had made bim both Lord and Christ : that is, The Divinity had exalted the Humanity, and taken It into the Glory of the Elence in Heaven. Now, when they heard thisą the Sacred Historian tells us, they were pricked
at their Heart; they felt a Compunction in their Spirit, and said unto Peter and the rest of the Apostles; Men and Brethren, what fall we du : Then Peter, in the Words of the Text, said unto them — Repent, and be Baptized
every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ, for the Remission of Sins, and ye shall receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
You know that Baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ implies and includes Faith in that Name. He that Believeth and is Baptized---are suppos'd Inseparable; the outward and sensible Act by the Sacramental Laver, being even a Sign and Testification of the inward Disposition and Application of the Mind in Believing. Therefore,
From the Text altogether we may collect the whole Doctrine of the Foundation and Means of the Forgiveness of our Sins, and of our Acceptance with God. It is by Repentance and Faith, with Baptism by Water and the Co-operation of the Holy Ghost.
I have in some former Discourses treated of Faith in the All-lufficient Satisfaction for Sins by the Blood of Christ; and of the Excellency and Efficacy of the great Virtue or Grace of Repentance ; Two Acts, which, when rightly Constituted, I suppos'd to be in the general Estimation of Christians, as in the Nature of Things they are, Inseparable from each other. But, since among the many Impious Attempts that have of late been made upon Christianity, One has been to divide these Two, Repentance and Faith in the Redemption by Fesus Christ from each other; or rather to perswade People, that