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Lord's Day 33


88   Q.    What is involved in genuine repentance or conversion?


       A.    Two things:

the dying-away of the old self,

and the coming-to-life of the new.1


1 Rom. 6:1-11; 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:5-10


89   Q.    What is the dying-away of the old self?


       A.    It is to be genuinely sorry for sin,

to hate it more and more,

and to run away from it.1


1 Ps. 51:3-4, 17; Joel 2:12-13; Rom. 8:12-13; 2 Cor. 7:10


90   Q.    What is the coming-to-life of the new self?


       A.    It is wholehearted joy in God through Christ1

and a delight to do every kind of good

     as God wants us to.2


1 Ps. 51:8, 12; Isa.57:15; Rom. 5:1; 14:17

2 Rom. 6:10-11; Gal. 2:20


91   Q.    What do we do that is good?


       A.    Only that which

arises out of true faith,1

conforms to God's law,2

and is done for his glory;3

and not that which is based

on what we think is right

or on established human tradition.4


1 John 15:5; Heb. 11:6

2 Lev. 18:4; 1 Sam. 15:22; Eph. 2:10

3 1 Cor. 10:31

4 Deut. 12:32; Isa. 29:13; Ezek. 20:18-19; Matt. 15:7-9   



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