Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Heavenly Conversation - Chapters 2 through 4

I'm continuing my look at Jeremiah Burroughs' Second Treatise on "A Heavenly Conversation" found in his book Earthly-Mindedness.  Please see my introduction and Chapter 1 summary here.

In Chapter 2 Jeremiah Burroughs looks at what's to be done when examples of godly men are contrary:
  1. It puts the Christian to a stricter examination of things to make sure they are grounded in the faith and practicing the Word for themselves.
  2. It requires the Christian to examine his way and to be suspicious of earthly inducements that draw away the heart.
In Chapter 3 he rebukes those that follow the example of the wicked and reject the example of the godly.

In Chapter 4 Mr. Burroughs observes two doctrines from Phil. 3:20:
  1. Saints are citizens of heaven.  The church is a heaven to the saints and a type of that heaven where they shall come to live forever, both with the saints and angels hereafter.
  2. The conversation of the saints, while they are in this world, is in heaven.
Now that Jeremiah Burroughs has established what a godly example looks like, he will show how Christians are citizens of heaven in Chapter 5 and how they have their conversation in heaven in Chapter 6.

"For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ," (Phil. 3:20).