A good case could be made out for believing that 'repentance' is one of the least used words in the Christian church today. In a world that will not tolerate the mention of sin, and in churches where it has been defined only in sociological terms, the biblical teaching on repentance has inevitably been ignored.
Knowing 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 Thomas Watson. He 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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One of the most impactful books I have ever read
Date:December 15, 2013
Location:Overland Park, Kansas
The truth within this poignant Puritan message from this Christian brother has changed my way of thinking and living. REPENTANCE, like Thomas says in this book, is the other wing that - along with the wing of FAITH - flies a Christian to heaven. When, in pride, I avoid repentance, I look and feel like a fallen bird flapping with one wing as I turn in circles on the ground. However, I was re-born to fly.
From this book, I discovered my existing understanding of repentance to be shallow and nominally effectual. Though I saw repentance as “turning” from sin, which it is, Watson opens the scriptures to reveal much more. Through this book, I understand more fully the biblical foundational structure of true repentance. It begins with “seeing” sin for what it is and how it offends God. That seeing produces godly “sorrow”, and that sorrow then brings about “confession”. “Shame” for the offence against God will follow, which will result in “hatred” for it. I have found that when I reach this point in the repentance process, “the turning” has already happened, and I am experiencing the grace of God - being revived by His eternal hope, the substance of which is FAITH – that other wing. And, once again, I am flying!
True to his Puritan heritage, Thomas Watson has formulated every sentence of this book from an inspired mind of real-life experiential understanding.