Saturday, December 20, 2014

Heavenly Conversation - Chapters 9 through 13

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, Chapters 5 & 6 summary here, and Chapters 7 & 8 summary here.

In Chapter 9 Jeremiah Burroughs gives four reasons why the saints have their conversations in heaven:
  1. Their souls are from heaven.  The soul is from God, of a divine nature, and is, therefore, capable of communion with Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
  2. By grace the soul has a divine nature put into it.  Unregenerate man as a creature can only relate to God as Creator.  Regenerate man can now relate to God as being made one with Jesus Christ and so one with the Father.
  3. Their most choice things are in heaven.
  4. God orders it to wean their hearts from the world.
In the next four chapters he looks at the four uses of having your conversation in heaven.

Chapter 10 - Use 1: To reprove such as have their conversations in hell.

Chapter 11 - Use 2: To reprove hypocrites.

Chapter 12 - Use 3: Not to find fault with the strictness of God's ways.

Chapter 13 - Use 4: To reprove such as are truly godly, yet fail much in having their conversation in heaven.

Mr. Burroughs exhorts his readers:  "You are not to content yourselves in a mere profession, doing some little matter in the way of religion, or being somewhat better than others, you are to aim at heaven, look up there and make that to be your pattern."

In my next post for this series, I will look at definitions of a heavenly conversation in Chapters 14 through 21.

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