Christopher Love on living as citizens of heaven

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Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
Recent events are a timely reminder of the folly of being much too fixated with the things of this world:

... It were more then madness, if we should suffer our selves still to be transported with worldly concupiscence, and prefer the present satisfying of our carnal desires before the eternal fruition of our heavenly joys: we should not be always children wanting wit and experience in heavenly affairs, it is time now to put away childish things.

Whilst we remained in the state of slaves, and were the devoted vassals of sin and Satan, our base desires did well agree with our base condition, whilst we were Citizens of the world, and children of the earth, it might suit with our calling to desire earthly commodities, and esteem the riches, pleasures, and preferments of the place whereof we were inhabitants at high rates, but now that God hath dignified us with most royal privileges, and made us Citizens of heaven; and of the slaves of Satan, hath made us his own children by adoption and grace, yea heirs apparent of his glorious kingdom:

O let us, remembering this high calling, for shame forsake our base desires, not suffering our hearts to lie grovelling on the earth, wallowing in carnal pleasures, and worldly delights, but raising them up to the height of our hopes, let us aim at no less then crowns and kingdoms, and those not momentary, and of this world, seeing they are vain and of little worth, but those which are most glorious and eternal in the world to come. ...

For more, see Christopher Love on living as citizens of heaven.
 
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