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Repent and Believe (Pocket Puritans) Paperback – September 30, 2008
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Little is known about Thomas Brooks as a man, other than can be ascertained from his many writings. Brooks entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1625. He was licensed as a preacher of the gospel by 1640 at the latest. (For more information, visit banneroftruth.org)
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Repent and Believe is taken from Thomas Brooks classic 'Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices'.His writings were highly valued by his contemporaries and to many who are familiar with the Puritans,Brooks is considered to be in the front rank.C.H.Spurgeon who widely read the Puritans thought that Thomas Brooks was the most readable of them all.
An essential element of repentance is not only turning from all that is evil,in the sight of the Lord,but seeking to do that which is good-it is not enough not to be ungodly but one must possess a Holiness that God will accept(that would be perfect Holiness as God Himself is) p.13"... so it is not enough that you are not thus and thus wicked,but you must be ...gracious and good,else divine justice will put the axe of Divine vengeance to the root of your souls,and cut you off forever."
Someone who is penitent will loathe themselves because of their sin:Ezekiel 20:43b clearly supports Mr.Brooks contention 'ye will loathe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed.'
Pastor Brooks believed that to repent of sin was as great an evidence of grace as not to sin(for the power of God is equally necessary for both).The only way to overcome sin is by trusting in the Savior,it is only though one's union with Christ that the power to overcome sin can be realized.
In the second half of this book there are exhortations for the unbeliever 'to close with Christ'. Under the heading remedy six 'the longer you keep off from Christ,the greater and stronger your sins will grow'-if you realize that you are a sinner and desire to be done with sin and live for God,that should stir you up to come to Christ.For it is only through 'faith in Christ Jesus' that your love for sin will be weakened and your love for God strengthened. The author astutely observes p.51 "Sin always dies most where faith lives most.The most believing soul is the most mortified soul.Faith enables you to see(spiritually)the beauty of Christ and the vileness of sin.
If you desire to 'grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ' this book will encourage you to achieve that end.