by John Calvin
"Repentance" is a timeless masterpiece drawn from the renowned 1541 French edition of John Calvin's monumental work, Institutes of Christian Religion. Within its pages, Calvin explores the profound theme of repentance, unraveling its essence with theological acuity and pastoral insight.
Calvin's work traverses the intricate relationship between repentance and faith, illuminating how they intertwine to bring about a radical change in the lives of believers. With authoritative yet pastoral guidance, he unravels the misconceptions surrounding repentance, debunking prevailing myths and presenting a comprehensive understanding rooted in the biblical truth.
This treatise explores the inseparable connection between faith and repentance, emphasizing that true repentance is not merely an act of remorse or regret but a heartfelt response to the grace and mercy of God. Calvin elucidates how repentance, far from being a one-time event, becomes a lifelong journey of turning away from sin and aligning oneself with the righteousness of Christ.
Through his exposition, Calvin unveils the transformative power of repentance, highlighting its integral role in spiritual growth, reconciliation, and restoration. With a deeply pastoral tone, he offers profound insights, guiding readers toward a profound encounter with God's forgiveness and the path to genuine transformation. The later part of the essay goes into great depth critiqing the Roman Catholic doctrine of repentance.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Repentance in General
Repentance More Deeply Understood
Three Views on Repentance
Tears and Fasting
Repentance Preached by Christ and His Apostles
Repentance and Change of Life
Repentance Not Understood by the Scholastics
The Doctrine of Contrition as Taught by the Scholatics
Confession: A So-Called Proof From Scripture
Confession: A Second So-Called Proof From Scripture
Confession: Two New Testament Texts Explored
Confession in Church History
Confession of Sins According to Holy Writ
Roman Catholicism's False Doctrine on the Power of the Keys
Obligatory Confession a Cruel Affliction of Conscience
Auricular Confession a Plague
The Power of the Keys
The Spirit, the Word and the Keys
Trafficking in Indulgences
No Treasury of Merits
The Theologians' Doctrine of Satisfaction Rejected
Mortal and Venial Sins
"Ransom" and "Sacrifice"
Punishment and Atonement
God's Wrath vs. God's Correction
God's Free Pardon is Free
Explanation of Luke 7:36
The Doctrine of Satisfaction in the Early Church
Satisfaction and Purgatory
Purgatory Not in Scripture