Two treatises of Mr. Jeremiah Burroughs. The first of earthly-mindedness, wherein is shewed, 1. What earthly-mindedness is. ... 6. Directions how to get our hearts free from earthly-mindedness. The second treatise. Of conversing in heaven, and walking with God. Wherein is shewed, 1. How the Saints have their conversation in heaven. ... 9. Rules for our walking with God. The fourth volumn [sic] published by Thomas Goodwyn. William Greenhil. Sydrach Simpson. Philip Nye. William Bridge. John Yates. William Adderley.
Burroughs, Jeremiah, 1599-1646., Goodwin, Thomas, 1600-1680.
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    Philip. 3. 19.
  • CHAP. I.
    • TExt opened Page 2
    • Doctrine
      There is a great dif∣ference between a wicked man and a godly man, The one minds the Earth: the other, his Conversation is in Heaven 3
  • CHAP. II.
    Earthly-mindedness discovered in nine particulars
    • 1 When men look upon Earthly things as the greatest things. 5
    • 2 When the choicest of their thoughts are busied about earthly things▪ 6
    • 3 When their hearts cleave to the earth Page 8
    • 4 When their hearts are filled with distracted cares about the earth. 9
    • 5 When the greatest endeavors of their lives are about things of the earth 11
    • 6 When they seek any earthly thing for its self and not in subordination to some higher good 13
    • 7 When they are earthly in spiri∣tual things 15
    • 8 When they pass by great diffi∣culties about earthly matters and they seem little to them ibid
    • 9 When they conceive of the most heavenly truth in an earthly Page  [unnumbered] way Page 17
  • CHAP. III.
    • Fourteen Evils of Earthly∣mindedness
      • 1 It is Adultery 20
      • 2 It is Idolatry ibid
          Object. What Idolatry is there in it? Answ.
        • 1 They depart from God 22
        • 2 They chuse rather to make the earth to be their god, than the infinit First-Being of all things ibid
      • 3 It is enmity against God 23
      • 4 It is opposite and contrary to the work of grace 24
        • 1 Before Conversion
          • 1 To the call of conversion 26
          • 2 To the souls answer to this call ibid
          • 3 To the resigning up of the soul to God as the chiefest good 26
        • 2 After conversion to their work of grace
          • 1 Grace brings a new light to the soul ibid
          • 2 Make him a new crea∣ture 27
          • 3 Is of an elevating na∣ture ibid
          • 4 Is of an enlarging na∣ture ibid
          • 5 Grace sanctifies the soul 28
      • 5 It puts men upon great temp∣tations Page 28
      • 6 It is one of the greatest bin∣drances to the profit of the Mi∣nistry 30
      • 7 It causeth many foolish lusts in the heart 34
        • 1 It causeth them to follow after things that are vile ibid
        • 2. It makes them a servant to their servants ibid
        • 3 A man might have more of it, and not mind it so much as he doth 35
        • 4 You pay a great deal more for it than 'tis worth 36
        • 5 What he doth he must needs undo again 38
        • 6 They lose the comfort of earthly things before they have them 39
      • 8 It is the root of Apostacy 40
      • 9 It doth wonderfully dead the heart in the prayer 42
      • 10 It is just with God, their names should be written in the earth 43
      • 11 They have the curse of the ser∣pent upon them 44
      • 12 It is a dishonor to God, and a scandal to Religion 45
      • 13 It doth exceedingly hinder preparation for death 47
      • 14 It will drown thy soul in per∣dition 50
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      • Men may be earthly-minded and yet not know they are so Page 51
      • Five things may be wrought in an earthly-minded man
        • 1 His judgment may be con∣vinced that there is a vani∣ty in them 52
        • 2 He may have some kind of contentment in them ib.
        • 3 They may speak great words about the vanity of this world ibid
        • 4 They may be free from get∣ting any thing by deceit ibid
        • 5 They may dispise some earth∣ly things ibid
      • Convincement 1
        When a man rests upon earthly props for the good he doth ex∣pect 54
      • Convincement 2
        When men make most provision for the things of this world for themselves and their chil∣dren 55
      • Convincement 3
        When a man can be content with a slight assurance of heavenly things, but never thinks him sure enough for the matters of the earth 56
      • Convincement 4
        When he is contented with a little sanctification, but in things of this world would sill have more and more Page 58
      • Convincement 5
        When they are very wise in mat∣ters of the world, but very weak in spiritual 59
      • Convincement 6
        When their discourses are of the world 60
      • Convincement 7
        When spiritual things must give way to earthliness 61
      • Convincement 8
        When they care not how it is with the Church so it be well with them in things of the world ibid
      • Convincement 7
        When the more spiritual a truth is the lesse it takes with their hearts 63
  • CHAP. IV.
    Reasons of mens Earthly∣mindedness.
    • 1 The things of the earth appear reall to them, but Heavenly things are but a notion 64
    • 2 They look upon them as the pre∣sent necessary things ibid
    • 3 These things are most sutable to mens hearts 65
    • 4 They have a very fair shew to the flesh ib.
    • 5 Men naturally know no better things 66
    • Page  [unnumbered]6 There are earthly principles con∣tinually dropping into men by conversing with other men of the earth ibid
    • 7 The sensible experience they have of their sweetness Page 67
  • CHAP. V.
    Considerations to take off the hearts of men from earthly-mindedness
    • Consideration 1
      If thou couldst possess all the things of the earth there is not so much good in them, as to countervail the evil of one sin 68
    • Consideration 2
      The chiefest things of the earth have been and are the portion of reprobates ibid
    • Consideration 3.
      God hath made man for higher things than the things of the earth 69
    • Consideration 4.
      The soul of a man is of too high a birth to have the strength of it spent about the things of the earth. 70
    • Consideration 5.
      All the things of the earth are un¦certain 71
    • Consideration 6.
      Consider what hath become of such men in former ages 72
    • Consideration 7.
      How short thy time is in this world Page 73
    • Consid. 8.
      A little will serve the turn to carry us through this world 76
    • Consid. 9.
      There is no good to be had in them further than God is pleased to let himself through them 77
    • Consid. 10
      If you be godly God promiseth to take care of you for the things of the earth ibid
    • Consid. 11.
      All that are professors of Religion should be dead to the world 79
  • CHAP. VI
    Exhortation to beware of earthly∣mindedness 81
    Directions to get our hearts free from Earthly-minded∣nesse
    • 1 Be watchful over your thoughts 86
    • 2 Be humbled for sin ibid
    • 3 Set the exampls of the Saints before you 86
    • 4 Consider the great accompt we are to give for all earthly things ibid
    • 5 Set the Lord Jesus Christ be∣fore you 88
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    PHILIPPIANS, 3. 20.
  • CHAP. I
    HOw far the examples of godly men should prevail with us Page 91
    • 1 More than other ex∣amples 93
      • 1 More than the examples of rich men ibid
      • 2 More than the example of the multitude ibid
      • 3 More than the examples of those nearly related to us ibid
    • 2 They should be enough to take off prejudices that come from accusations of men ib.
    • 3 They should make us enquire after those waies Page 94
    • 4 We should not oppose those waies 95
    • 5 They should prepare us to let in any truth they profess ibid
    • 9 They should confirm us in the truth 96
  • CHAP. II.
    What is to be done when ex∣amples of godly men are contrary
    • 1 It puts us to a strict examina∣tion 97
    • 2 which way hath most earthly inducements 98
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    Rebuke to those that follow the example of the wicked, and re∣ject the example of the godly Page 98
  • CHAP. IV
    Two Doctrines
    • 1 The Saints are Citizens of Heaven 100
    • 2 Their Conversation while they are in this world is in Heaven ibid
  • CHAP. V
    How the Saints are Citizens of Heaven 102
    • 1 Their names are inroll'd there 102
    • 2 Christ their Head bath taken possession of Heaven in their names ibid
    • 3 When they actually beleeve they take up their freedom 103
    • 4 They cannot again be as slaves ibid
    • 5 They have right to all the com∣mon stock and treasury of hea∣ven ibid
    • 6 They have the same confirma∣tion of their blessed estate that the Angels have ibid
    • 7 They have priviledge of a free rtade to Heaven Page 104
    • 8 They have for he present com∣munion with the Angels ib.
    • 9 They have the protection of Heaven ib.
  • CHAP. VI
    How the Saints have their con∣versation in Heaven 106
    • 1 The aim of their hearts is hea∣ven-wards 107
    • 2 They are acted by Heavenly principles in their waies 108
      • 1 That God is all in all ib.
      • 2 That God is the infinite First being ib.
    • 3 They have communion with the God of Heaven ib.
    • 4 They live according to the Laws of Heaven 110
    • 5 Their soul is where it loves ra∣ther than where it lives 111
    • 6 They deilght in the same things that are done in Heaven 114
      • 1 The sight of Gods face 115
      • 2 The praising of God ib.
      • 3 The keeping a perpetual Sabbath ib.
    • 7 They are heavenly in earthly imployments 115
    • 8 They are heavenly when they converse together 116
    • 9 Their great trade upon earth is for heaven 217
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    The Saints trading for Hea∣ven opened.
    • 1 They have skill in they commo∣dity they trade for Page 217
    • 2 They have a stock to trade withal 218
    • 3 They take the advantage of the Market for commodities ib.
    • 4 There is much inter course ib.
    • 5 Their chief stock is where they trade 220
    • 6 They are willing to part with any thing here to receive ad∣vantage where they trade ib.
    • 7 They trust much 221
    Evidences of mens having their conversations in hea∣ven
    • Evidence 1.
      They canvilifie all the things on earth 222
    • Evidence 2
      They can be content and live comfortably with little in this world ib.
    • Evidence 3
      They can suffer hard things with joyful hearts 223
    • Evidence 4.
      Their hearts are filled with hea∣venly riches 225
    • Evidence 5
      They are willing to purchase the priviledges of Heavne at a dear rate ib.
    • Evidence 6
      They are sensible of the stoppages between heaven and their souls Page 26
    • Evidence 7
      Their willingness to die 227
  • CHAP. IX
    Reasons why the Saints have their Conversation in hea∣ven ib.
    • 1 Because their souls are from Heaven 228
    • 2 By grace the soul hath a Di∣vine Nature put into it 230
    • 3 Their most choise things are in heaven 231
    • 4 God orders it so to wean their hearts from the world 233
  • CHAP. X. Use 1.
    To reprove such as have their conversations in hell 234
  • CHAP. XI. Use 2.
    To reprove hypocrites 235
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    CHAP. XII. Use 3.
    Let us not find fault with the strictness of Gods waies Page 237
  • CHAP. XIII. Use 4.
    To reprove such as are godly and yet fail in this thing 238
  • CHAP. XIV.
    An Heavenly Conversation is a convincing conversation 241
  • CHAP. XV.
    A Heavenly Conversation is gro∣wing 243
  • CHAP. XVI.
    A Heavenly Conversation brings much glory to God 244
    A Heavenly Conversation brings much glory to the Saints 246
    A Heavenly Conversation will make sufferings easie 247
  • CHAP. XIX.
    A Heavenly Conversation brings much joy 249
  • CHAP. XX.
    An Heavenly Conversation is very safe 250
  • CHAP. XXI.
    An Heavenly Conversation gives abundant entrance into glory ibid
    Directions how to get a Heaven∣ly Conversation
    • Direct. 1.
      Be perswaded that it is attaina∣ble Page 251
    • Direct. 2.
      Labor to keep a cleer conscience 252
    • Direct. 3.
      Watch opportunities for heavenly exercises ibid
    • Direct. 4
      Rest not in formality 253
    • Direct. 5.
      Labor to beat down your bodies. 254
    • Direct. 6.
      Labor to be skilful in the Mystery of godliness, to draw strength from Christ in every thing you do ibid
    • Direct. 7.
      Exercise the grace of faith much 256
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    GENESIS, 45. 24.
  • CHAP. I.
    TEXT opened Page 261
  • CHAP. II.
    Doctrine. 'Tis the Excellency of a Christian to walk with God 265
  • CHAP. III.
    How the soul is brought to walk with God
    • 1 Every one by nature goes astray from God 268
    • 2 The Lord manifesteth to the soul the way of life ibid
    • 3 The Lord makes peace between himself and a sinner. 269
    • 4 God renders himself lovely to the soul 270
    • 5 God sends his Holy Spirit to guide him 271
    • 6 Christ takes the soul and brings it to God the Father 271
  • CHAP. IV
    What walking with God is.
    • 1 It causeth the soul to eye God 272
    • 2 It causeth a man to carry himself as in Gods presence
    • 273
    • Page  [unnumbered]3 He makes Gods will the rule of his will Page 274
    • 4 The soul hath the same ends that God hath 275
    • 5 It suits the soul to the administrations of God 276
    • 6 To have a holy dependance upon God
      • 1 For Direction 277
      • 2 For Protection 278
      • 3 For Assistance ibid
      • 4 For a Blessing upon all it doth ibid
    • 7 It makes a man free and ready in the waies of God 279
    • 8 It consists in communion with God 280
    • 9 It causeth the soule to follow God more as he reveals himself more 282
  • CHAP. V
    Excellencies of walking with God
    • Excellency 1
      It makes the waies of God easie 286
    • Excellency 2
      It is most honorable 287
    • Excellency 3
      The soul hath blessed satisfaction in it 288
    • Excellency 4
      It is a special part of the Covenant of God on our parts 290
    • Excellency 5
      There is a blessed safety in walking with God 292
    • Excellency 6
      Hence the soul enjoys sweet familiarity with God 293
    • Excellency 7
      To them God communicates his secrets 294
    • Excellency 8
      They find favor in Gods eyes for granting their petitions. 295
    • Excellency 9
      There is a glory put upon the soul 296
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      Excellency 10
      Gods presence doth mightily draw forth every grace Page 297
    • Excellency 11
      The presence of God shall never be terrible to the soul, nei∣ther at death nor judgment 298
    • Excellency 12
      It will be blessedness in the end 299
    Ʋses of Exhortation
    • Ʋse 1
      Blesse God that he will be pleased to walk thus with his poor creatures 300
    • Ʋse 2
      What strangers the world are to this walking with God 301
    • Ʋse 3
      What vile hearts are ours that we are so backward to walk with God 302
    • Ʋse 4
      Let us keep close to God in our walking wtih him 303
    • Ʋse 5
      If there be so much excellency in walking with God here, what will there be in heaven 304
    Evidence of our walking with God 306
    • Evidence 1
      He depends not much upon sence and reason in the course of his life 307
    • Evidence 2
      He is the same in private that he is in publick 307
    • Evidence 3
      He hath a serious spirit 309
    • Evidence 4
      They walk in newness of life 310
    • Evidence 5
      When he hath to do with the creature he doth quickly Page  [unnumbered] passe through the creature unto God 311
    • Evidence 6
      He loves to be much retired from the world 312
    • Evidence 7
      He is careful to make even his accounts with God 315
    • Evidence 8
      The more spiritual any Truth, or Ordinance or any com∣pany is, the more the soul delights in it 314
    • Evidence 9
      He walk in all the Commandements of God 315
    • Evidence 10
      See how the Scripture describes it
      • 1 It is a walk of humility 316
      • 2 It is a walk of uprightness ibid
      • 3 It is a walk in the fear of God 317
      • 4 The comfort of the holy Ghost is joyned with it 318
      • 5 It is a walk above 319
      • 6 They endeavour to walk as Christ walked ibid
  • CHAP. IX
    Rules of Direction for walking with God
    • Rule 1
      Be sure there be no way of fin in thee 320
    • Rule 2
      Labor to withdraw thy heart from earthly and sensual things 321
    • Rule 3
      Evermore take Christ with thee 322
    • Rule 4
      Be careful to beautifie thy soul 323
    • Rule 5
      Take heed of halting 325
    • Rule 6
      Take heed of formality in holy duties 326
    • Rule 7
      Take heed of secres slidings away from the Truths of God
    • 327
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      Rule 8
      Labor to keep such a tenderness of spirit as to be sensible of the beginnings of declining 329
    • Rule 9
      Labor to be spiritual in thy solitary times 330
    • Rule 11
      Go on with a resolution in holy duties though thou see nothing come of them for the present 331
    • Rule 12
      Make good interpretation of all Gods dealings with thee 332
  • CHAP. X
    An objection of Gods hiding his face Answered
    • 1 It is a good sign when thou art sensible of his withdra∣wings 333
    • 2 Examine whether thou hast not some times shut out God from thee ibid
    • 3 It is better God withdraw than that we withdraw 336
    • 4 Gods withdrawing his comfort is not alwaies the with∣drawing his presence ibid
    • 5 If thou canst not see Gods face, hearken to hear his voice 337
    • 6 Keep thy self in a waiting frame for God 338