Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Saints' Walk by Faith - Chapters 20 and 21

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, Chapters 5 to 10 here, Chapters 11 to 13 here, Chapters 14 to 16 here, and Chapters 17 to 19 here.

In Chapter 20, Mr. Burroughs outlines the motives to draw the heart to believe in the want of sense:
  1. "[T]he first motive is that there is as great humility and obedience to God in believing as in any other way, and so this will take away the two great hindrances to believing"..."humility and obedience," (p. 206).
  2. "It's the safest way in the want of sense to exercise faith...Yet many of us seek to have our faith be the fruit of our joy rather than to have our joy be the fruit of our faith," (pp. 208-09).
  3. "This is the soonest way to get the sense of God's love," (p. 213).
  4. "Labor to stir up faith and to walk by faith in the want of sense, because, even when sense fails, then is the proper time for faith to act," (p. 215).
  5. "Believing in the want of sense is the most glorious work itself...Faith, if it is strong, acknowledges God," (p. 216).
  6. "As faith is most glorious in itself, so it is that which honors God more than any other grace," (p. 217).
  7. "And it is grace that argues much love for God," (p. 220).
  8. "Consider that faith, wherever it is, is first wrought by an almighty power in the soul," (p. 220).

In Chapter 21, he gives more motives to stir up weak believers to exercise their faith when they want sense:
  1. "Surely the sight and sense that we shall come to have after our believing, when there was not sight, will be so much the sweeter and more comfortable," (p. 222).
  2. "They will be stronger against temptations afterwards if in the want of sense and the sight of God's love they can exercise faith," (p. 222).
  3. "By this means, if we can exercise faith in the want of sense, we shall turn the greatest afflictions into the greatest blessings," (p. 223).
  4. "Last, consider what a tedious thing it must be to the Spirit of God for a saint, upon God's withdrawing Himself and the want of sight presently, to have resentful thoughts of God," (p. 223-24).

"Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart," (Heb. 4:11-12).