Keep Up Your Repentance

J.C. Ryle–

I do not want you to make a Christ of repentance, or to turn it into a bondage for your soul. I do not bid you to measure the degree of your justification by your repentance, or to suppose that your sins are not forgiven because your repentance is imperfect. Justification is one thing, and repentance is another. You must not confuse things that differ. It is only faith that justifies. It is only faith that lays hold of Christ. But for all that, keep a jealous watch over your repentance. Keep it up–keep it up, and let not the fire burn low.


  • you find a slackness coming over your soul,
  • feel slow,
  • and dull,
  • and heavy,
  • and cold,
  • and careless about little sins,

look to your own heart then, and take heed lest you fall….

May this be our divinity, your divinity, my divinity; your theology, my theology! May repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ…never be disjoined! May we, while we repent, believe; and while we believe, repent! And may repentance and faith, faith and repentance, be ever uppermost, foremost, the chief and principal articles, in the creed of our souls!

Old Paths, pp. 434-435. Reformatted for readability.

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