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, Chapters 2-4 summary here, and Chapters 5 & 6 summary here.
In Chapter 7 Jeremiah Burroughs expounds on the saints' trading for heaven:
- They have skill in the commodity they trade for.
- They have a stock to trade with; they have a stock of grace that will never be lost.
- They take advantage of the market.
- There is much intercourse between heaven and their soul.
- Their chief stock is where they trade.
- They are willing to part with anything here to receive advantage where they trade.
- They trust much.
In Chapter 8 Jeremiah Burroughs looks at seven evidences of men having their conversations in heaven:
- They can vilify all the things on earth.
- They can be content and live comfortably with little in this world.
- They can suffer hard things with joyful hearts.
- Their hearts are filled with heavenly riches.
- They are willing to purchase the privilege of heaven at a dear rate.
- They are sensible of the stoppages between heaven and their souls.
- They are willing to die.
In my next post for this series, I will look at why the saints have their conversations in heaven in Chapter 9 and the four uses of saints having their conversation in heaven in Chapters 10-13.
"For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ," (Phil. 3:20).