Monday, January 12, 2015

Heavenly Conversation - Chapter 22

I'm concluding 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 here, Chapters 7 & 8 summary here, Chapters 9-13 summary here, and Chapters 14-21 summary here.

In Chapter 22 Jeremiah Burroughs looks at seven directions on how to get a heavenly conversation:
  1. Be persuaded that it is attainable.
  2. Labor to keep a clear conscience.
  3. Watch for opportunities for heavenly exercises.  Eye them as being where much of your joy and comfort of your life exist.
  4. Rest not in formality.  Don't look at heavenly exercises as tasks to be completed.
  5. Labor to beat down your bodies.  Do not give satisfaction to the flesh and body so as to strengthen any temptation that might draw your heart from spiritual and heavenly things.
  6. Labor to be skillful in the mystery of godliness and to draw strength from Christ in everything you do.
  7. Exercise the grace of faith because it is grace that makes the things of heaven real to the soul.
As Mr. Burroughs concludes his treatise on a heavenly conversation, he focuses our attention on Christ:
"Do not think that when we speak of conversing in heaven we are pleasing our own fancies.  No, we, by faith, look upon heaven as the most real thing in the world, for we expect the Lord Jesus Christ to appear before long in glory bodily...It is only a little while before you shall be with God, for Him to be all in all to your soul enjoying full communion with Him.  Exercise faith, wait for it, look for it every day.  Consider that it is nearer and nearer, your salvation is nearer and than when you first believed.  God has a little work for you here but, as soon as this is done, this shall be your condition: you shall see your Savior, your soul shall immediately be with Him and enjoy full communion with Him in glory, and your body, in a while, shall be raised and shall live forever with Him.  You shall be where He is, and shall enjoy all that He has purchased with His blood.  As much glory as the blood of Christ is worth, that is what you are capable of.  The Scripture says that it shall be a weight of glory...Where should my heart and thoughts, my life and conversation be, but where I expect such things as these to be revealed very soon in the day of Jesus Christ, in His appointed time, which is at hand."
This completes my summary look at the Second Treatise on "A Heavenly Conversation" by Jeremiah Burroughs.  I pray that it has been as helpful to you as it was for me.

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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).