Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Heavenly Conversation - Chapters 14 through 21

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, Chapters 7 & 8 summary here,  and Chapters 9-13 summary here.

In the next eight chapters, Jeremiah Burroughs defines a heavenly conversation.

Chapter 14 - A heavenly conversation is a convincing conversation.

Chapter 15 - A heavenly conversation is growing.

Chapter 16 - A heavenly conversation brings much glory to God.

Chapter 17 - A heavenly conversation brings much glory to the saints.

Chapter 18 - A heavenly conversation will make suffering easy.

Chapter 19 - A heavenly conversation brings much joy.

Chapter 20 - A heavenly conversation is very safe.  You will be free from snares and temptations.

Chapter 21 - A heavenly conversation gives abundant entrance into glory.

As Mr. Burroughs completes his heavenly conversation definition, he eloquently displays the comfort and hope that believers have in Christ:
"When the saints come to die, oh, how joyfully will they die!  What abundant entrance will be made into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ?  For when they die, they shall just change their place, they shall not change their company...It's said of Christ in the Gospel of John, that He spoke of Himself, but the Son of Man which is in heaven.  So it should be said of every child of God, 'such a one that is in heaven,' not only such a one that shall go to heaven, but that is in heaven right now."
In my final post for this series, I will look at seven directions on how to get a heavenly conversation in Chapter 22.

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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).