Richard Sibbes (1577–1635) on “the sweet work of effectual calling”

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“As the minister speaks to the ear, Christ speaks, opens, and unlocks the heart at the same time; and gives it power to open, not from itself, but from Christ…. The manner of working of the reasonable creature, is to work freely by a sweet inclination, not by violence. Therefore when he works the work of conversion, he doth it in a sweet manner, though it be mighty for the efficaciousness of it.”

– Richard Sibbes (1577–1635), “Bowels Opened” in The Works, 2:63

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