Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Heavenly Conversation - Chapters 5 & 6

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 and Chapters 2-4 summary here.

In Chapter 5 Jeremiah Burroughs looks at how the saints are citizens of heaven:
  1. The saints' names are enrolled in heaven.
  2. Christ their head has taken possession of heaven in their names.
  3. When they actually believe, they take up their freedom.
  4. They cannot again be as slaves.
  5. They have the right to all the common stock and treasury of heaven.
  6. They have the same confirmation of their blessed estate that the angels have.
  7. They have the privilege of a free trade to heaven.
  8. They have, for the present, communion with the angels.
  9. They have the protection of heaven.
In Chapter 6 he shows how the saints have their conversation in heaven:
  1. The aim of their hearts is heavenward.
  2. They act on heavenly principles.
  3. They have communion with the God of heaven.
  4. They live according to the laws of heaven.
  5. Their soul is where it loves rather than where it lives.
  6. They delight in the same things that are done in heaven.
  7. They are heavenly in their earthly employments.
  8. They are heavenly when they converse together.
  9. Their great trade upon earth is for heaven.
As I read about a heavenly conversation, the popular saying "Don't be so heavenly minded that you're no earthly good" comes to mind.  Obviously, that saying is not biblical, even though you hear it at church.  Mr. Burroughs has a the right biblical view of where the mind of a Christian should be:
"In the use of earthly things we quickly pass from earthly things to God...A carnal heart sticks to the things of the earth and mingles with the earth, but a spiritual, heavenly heart makes earthly things just conduits to convey him to heaven...We use earthly things as heavenly, that is, we use earthly things to mediate on heaven. Enjoying anything in this earth raises our thoughts to things of heaven. When we see the light we remember the glorious light of heaven and the inheritance of the saints which are in light."
In my next post for this series, I will look at the saints' trading for heaven in Chapter 7 and the evidences of men having their conversation in heaven in Chapter 8.

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