Monday, January 19, 2015

Of Walking With God - Chapter 1 and 2

Last summer I decided to re-read Earthly-Mindedness by Jeremiah Burroughs and discuss his points chapter-by-chapter.  This book was reprinted in 1991 by Soli Deo Gloria Publications and contains "A Treatise of Earthly-Mindedness" (first published in 1649) and "The Second Treatise on a Heavenly Conversation."  After these two treatises, the book also contains a selection called "Of Walking With God."

You can see my initial post for "A Treatise of Earthly-Mindedness" here and for "The Second Treatise on a Heavenly Conversation" here.  In this series, I will post chapter summaries for the final section "Of Walking with God."  The Scripture verse underlying this section is found in Genesis:  "And Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him," (Gen. 5:24).

In Chapter 1 Mr. Burroughs opens the text and looks at Enoch's walk with God.  Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah, was a prophet of his time (see Jude 14) and "By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God," (Heb. 11:5).  Mr. Burroughs notes that "God lengthens or shortens men's lives according to the work He has to do, according to the use He has for them."  This is a comforting reminder as I age and face not only my own mortality, but also the mortality of my family and close friends.
In Chapter 2 Mr. Burroughs sets forth the doctrine found in Gen. 5:24: It is the excellency of a Christian to walk with God.  He sternly warns the reader that "Many in their external profession seem to be moved one way, but secretly their hearts turn another way.  They do not walk with God all the while...The honor of a man is when God Himself shall acknowledge him."
In my next post I will show how the soul is brought to walk with God from Chapter 3.