Sunday, December 14, 2014

Heavenly Conversation - Chapters 7 & 8

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:
  1. They have skill in the commodity they trade for.
  2. They have a stock to trade with; they have a stock of grace that will never be lost.
  3. They take advantage of the market.
  4. There is much intercourse between heaven and their soul.
  5. Their chief stock is where they trade.
  6. They are willing to part with anything here to receive advantage where they trade.
  7. They trust much.
In Chapter 8 Jeremiah Burroughs looks at seven evidences of men having their conversations in heaven:
  1. They can vilify all the things on earth.
  2. They can be content and live comfortably with little in this world.
  3. They can suffer hard things with joyful hearts.
  4. Their hearts are filled with heavenly riches.
  5. They are willing to purchase the privilege of heaven at a dear rate.
  6. They are sensible of the stoppages between heaven and their souls.
  7. 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.

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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).