Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Saints' Walk by Faith - Chapters 11 through 13

I'm reading Faith by Jeremiah Burroughs and decided to blog the hidden treasures within this book. It is one book that contains two of Burroughs' treatises: (1) Precious Faith and (2) The Saints' Walk by Faith on Earth and by Sight in Heaven.  Both treatises were first published in 1654. In 2011, they were edited by Dr. Don Kistler and reprinted into one book by Northampton Press.  In his second treatise on The Saints' Walk by Faith, Mr. Burroughs expounds 2 Cor. 5:7.  You can see my summary for Chapters 1 to 4 here and Chapters 5 to 10 here.

In Chapter 11, Mr. Burroughs gives five uses or applications:
  1. "If it is so evil to walk according to the sight of men's understanding, then surely it's a vain thing to walk as they walk and to make their walk to be the rule of your walk...we must not walk according to our reason, much less according to the reason of other men...we should seek that God would open our eyes so that we may understand, and that by a principle higher than reason, so that we may walk in a safe way indeed," (p. 130).
  2. "Let men who are gifted learn to be humbled before God," (p. 130).
  3. "It's a use of special direction to those upon whom God begins at first to work the work of conversion, unto young converts...Take heed of poring too much by the eye of reason and judging things according to reason, for it will keep you off from Christ if you so must remember not to be moved by the eye of your understanding; it is a dangerous thing," (p. 131).
  4. "Further, this should rebuke those who do not even come up so high as reason.  There are many who walk in such a base and wicked course that reason would convince them to the contrary; and God will bring their reason against them one day," (p. 132).
  5. "The saints should be so far from ordering their ways according to reason, since their very sanctified knowledge is not sufficient," (p. 132).

In Chapter 12, he notes that saints can expect greater glory than they understand.  "Faith makes good to us [Christians] a greater good than we can know...saints may expect greater happiness and glory in heaven than ever they understood," (p. 135).  "Faith rises higher than sanctified reason...Our natural abilities that we have here will not be in any way helpful to us to the knowledge of God when we come to heaven," (pp. 138-139).

In Chapter 13, Mr. Burroughs shows the principles underlying his treatise that the walk of a saint on earth is the walk of faith:
  1. "A soul walks by faith when the soul walks in the way that God would have it," (p. 141).  "But when the soul comes to know God in Jesus Christ, and comes to understand the brightness of the glory of God as it shines in the face of Christ, and so comes to honor Him in the way of the Gospel, this is the scope of a Christian's walk.  This is to walk by faith," (p. 143).
  2. "The soul in walking by faith is guided by the rule that faith presents unto it...Faith shows to my soul what the rule of my way is, the rule of the new creature as it is revealed in the gospel, those gospel rules that I find in the Word that only are made known to me by revelation and faith," (p. 144),
  3. "The walk of faith is when the way of the soul is likewise by faith, that is, the way of holiness is the way of faith...You say you believe such and such truths that are revealed in the Word, but what power has your faith to cleanse you?  That's the way of faith, when it has that power in it to separate you from mixtures and base uncleanness in the workings of your heart and in the actions of your life," (p. 145).
  4. "A Christian walks by faith when faith brings strength to the soul to enable it to go on in its way...A Christian who walks by faith, when he comes to see what God requires of him, and withal finds his own inability, goes and acts out his faith upon Jesus Christ and the covenant of grace and the promises, and there draws strength to enable him to the performance of what God requires," (pp. 145-146).
  5. "A Christan walks by faith when faith brings in not only power to do what is required, but when there is any opposition, faith enable the Christian to resist opposition, to resist whatever is in the way to hinder the walk...And so faith is an anchor in the midst of storms and tempests to keep the soul from suffering shipwreck, and not only helps against opposition, but lifts it up above discouragements, and be carried through all difficulties," (pp. 146-147).
  6. "A Christian walks by faith when his great care is to go on in his duty...his main thought is to let him be where the Lord would have him be, and do what He would have him do, and commit all his ways and successes unto God," (p. 147).
  7. "A Christian walks by faith when he can satisfy his soul by what he receives by faith as really and truly as any other men can satisfy themselves in the enjoyment of any good...that satisfaction a Christian who walks by faith has in believing what is promised," (p. 147).
  8. "A Christan walks by faith when the soul can depend upon God alone for all," (p. 150).
  9. "The progress that the soul makes in the ways of godliness is by faith," (p. 150).
  10. "The constancy of enduring in a Christian course is likewise by faith," (p. 150).
  11. "A Christian walks by faith when he in his whole course walks as is becoming one who believes such glorious things as he does, when he holds forth in his life the glory and beauty of those things that he professes he believes...You Christians, when you speak of such things that you say you believe, even such things that the angels desire to pry into, do you hold forth this in your lives?  This is the walk of faith, when the walk of your lives is suitable to what you profess to believe," (pp. 150-151).

"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal," (2 Cor. 4:17-18).