Wednesday, July 31, 2013

God Ever Wills for Repentance

"Turn from your evil ways and keep my commandments and my statutes, in accordance with all the Law that I commanded your fathers, and that I sent to you by my servants the prophets."  (2 Kings 17:13)

And we, too, confess a God, but one, the Creator, Maker, and Builder of the universe; and we acknowledge that all things are governed by His Providence, and by Him only.  And we have received a sacred law; but our Lawgiver is the true God, who teaches us to act justly, to live godly, and to do good.… But when [Israel] transgressed the law which God had given them, God, merciful and gracious, not willing to destroy them, not only gave the law, but afterwards sent forth prophets unto them from among their brethren, to teach and remind them of the things of the law, and to turn them to repentance that they should no longer sin… There are many or rather innumerable passages in Holy Writ relating to repentance, in which God ever wills that mankind should turn away from all their sins.

Theophilus of Antioch, To Autolycus 3.9

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