On Repentance and Almsgiving

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HOMILY 7

ON REPENTANCE AND COMPUNCTION 1.

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TRULY, THE DIVINE APOSTLE always uses sacred and heavenly language and weaves the evangelical word with much skill, because he does not simply speak his own opinion, but he presents the dogmas with royal authority. Now I will remind all of you of this principal matter as he uses this skill to introduce the discourse about repentance to sinners. If you listened to what I have just said, then I will return to what I spoke about earlier concerning Paul's lesson to the Corinthians. That courageous and marvelous man said: "When I come, I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned before and have not repented." 2. That great teacher was certainly man by nature, but a servant of God in purpose. For this reason he uses heavenly language and speaks as if from these very heavens; in this manner, he threatens sinners with punishment and, to all who repent, he promises propitiation. And when I say these things, I do not attribute this language to Paul's authority, but I attribute everything to God's grace, about which he now says: "Could it be that you desire proof that Christ is speaking in me?" 3. Therefore, he offers a beneficial medicine to sinners, repentance for salvation. And he came today together with the apostolic reading and with the evangelical authority of the Savior, who

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The full title is "On Repentance and Compunction, and That God Is Quick to Salvation and Slow to Punishment; Also in This Homily Is the Paradox-ical Story about Rahab."
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2 Cor 12.21.
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2 Cor 13.3.

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