When the soul desires the forgiveness of sin and not grace to lead a new life, that desire is hypocritical, for a true Christian desires power against sin as well as pardon for it. If we have not sanctifying grace we have not pardoning grace. Christ came by water to regenerate as well as by blood to justify. It should therefore be our continual care and endeavor to grow and increase in grace, because without it we shall never get to heaven; without this endeavor our sacrifices are not accepted; without this, we cannot withstand our enemies nor bear any cross. Without it we cannot go on comfortably in our course. Without this we cannot do anything acceptable and pleasing to God.
Amen! Wanting pardon without wanting the grace to hate sin and love righteousness is similar to wanting heaven without wanting Christ foremost. It is to love the benefits of God more than God. Which is idolatry.
The quote speaks for itself. If we don’t want a new life, it is because we love the life we now have, and a love for sin, which in God’s eyes is godless and unacceptable.
God’s word tells us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, Romans 12v1.
If it’s the old life we want, then we don’t want God.