Vitringa: The Gospel—A Light Accompanied By Warmth

But the word of the gospel explains to a man the riches of divine love and grace. This word of grace offers the remission of sins and eternal life to the one who believes in Christ Jesus the true Mediator. It gently invites a man to communion of God. This good word, a word of consolation, a living word, can restore the life of a soul and, as it were, bring it back from the dead. This word is like a light accompanied by warmth, as is the case with the sun that illumines, warms, and—penetrating into the depths of the earth—produces the movement of life in everything that receives the influence of its rays.

Campegius Vitringa (1659–1722), The Spiritual Life, trans. Charles F. Telfer (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2018), 30.



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