Let Us Love Christ with Hot-Hearted Affection

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Richard Sibbes: Claritas in intellectu parit adorem in affectu (“Clarity in our thoughts breeds passion in our affections”); therefore, we must ask God for a clearer vision of Christ in all His goodness, beauty, glory, and preeminence. It is the light of true understanding that produces heat in the affections. Praise God that He has given us “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” As we see His glory with increasing clarity, we shall be moved to feel deeply and passionately about Him. We will understand all things in light of the One who loved us and gave Himself for us; and this is essential to passionately loving the One who first loved us.

2 Corinthians 4:4-6 “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

“…Light in the understanding breedeth heat of love in the affections.  Claritas in intellectu parit ardorem in affectu. In what measure the sanctified understanding seeth a thing to be true, or good, in that measure the will embraces it.  Weak light breeds weak inclinations; a strong light, strong inclinations…”  –  Richard Sibbes, The Works, Vol. I, p. 59.

We must ask God to help us see all things clearly, in the light of His glory and grace!


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