Because, if they are not set on Christ and the things of Christ —(1) You will not be found marriageable unto Him. Men demean themselves, defraud, and lie for money, and think of nothing else. The husks of this wilderness can never satisfy the hunger of the soul. They would be often speaking of them, and would love to hear others (Psalm 45:1).7. There, were the dews of grace are born, and the Sun of Righteousness is Lord paramount, and the blessed wind of the Spirit blows from the everlasting hills, thou wilt find rest on the wing, and sing for joy where thine enemies cannot even see thee.(C. Here we are immersed in the cares and business of the world; but let us keep the wings of our soul, our faith and our love, out of the world, that with these unclogged we may be ready to take our flight to heaven.(J. Except in reliance on this we should hear the text with despair.II. Think of Byron, Sheridan, Burns, etc. Again, if a man be of a cultivated intellect and taste, he cannot help being affected by the beauties of nature and the great works and discoveries of men.3. Think in how many ways we derive pleasure or pain from earthly things. Bridge, M. A.I. And happiness, according to your estimate, depends on such chances as these. It is one thing to affect the best things and have some affections for them, and another thing to set our affections on them. THE AFFECTIONS ARE TO BE SET ON THINGS ABOVE, AND NOT ON THINGS ON THE EARTH.1. Spence.It is storied of Henry the Fourth of France, asking the Duke of Alva if he had observed the eclipses happening in that year, he answered, that he had so much business on earth, that he had no leisure to look up to heaven. Those who enjoy them with moderation and contentment, when the whisk of death approaches, not having their hearts filled with the love of them, can with ease escape its snare; while all who, like the .foolish flies, have given themselves wholly to their sweetness will meet with destruction. (1) Where is the man who has been made happy by temporal success. )The heart misplacedBishop Reynolds.To set the heart on the creature is to set a diamond in lead, or to lock coals in a cabinet and throw jewels into a cellar. Its necessity to our happiness is another weighty consideration. When he is greatly pleased with something, and his thoughts suddenly turn to higher objects, is he then more pleased?3. De Witt Talmage, D. D.)The antidote to asceticism and sensualismBishop Lightfoot.You must not only seek heaven; you must also think heaven. It is one thing to affect the best things and have some affections for them, and another thing to set our affections on them. Those faithful who are gone in death, are alive like never before, waiting for you. (3)It will keep you from grieving too much about the affairs of this life (Philippians 4:11, 12). THE AFFECTIONS are —1. Otherwise how is the great purpose of Christ accomplished who came to redeem us to them? Having broken her wings by the blow, she fell to the ground, and was killed by one of the bystanders." Is he more pleased to give earnest application to higher things than to inferior, and that he would sacrifice more for one than for the other?6. SUPREME AFFECTION SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR THINGS ABOVE.1. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Think of Byron, Sheridan, Burns, etc. "(2) In comparison with spiritual things your affection for them is to be as no affection. And further, this is the only way of finding satisfaction in earthly things, and without that satisfaction they are worthless.2. Man's heart never acts without being acted upon. But where is the worldling after every earthly gratification then?(W. Wisdom will prefer that which requires less labour. Otherwise how is the great purpose of Christ accomplished who came to redeem us to them? Those who enjoy them with moderation and contentment, when the whisk of death approaches, not having their hearts filled with the love of them, can with ease escape its snare; while all who, like the .foolish flies, have given themselves wholly to their sweetness will meet with destruction. And then a man that looks on the conduct of public affairs, by which his own, his family's, and his fellow-citizens' welfare are affected, will necessarily feel consider able interest in that direction. A fortiori, then, is not theirs an awful madness.III. (Bishop Beveridge. (Bishop Beveridge. (2) You will never own Him. Spurgeon. BUT THE TWO THINGS ARE NOT OF EQUAL VALUE, and though the pursuit of the heavenly excluded the earthly, though it were uncertain while the pursuit of the earthly were certain, and though it were more laborious, yet —1. (Cf. By the nobler part of our nature we are placed in solemn relations with another economy comporting with its immortality — to God, the one infinite Being; to the Redeemer, the Lord of the new economy; to an unseen state of holy companionships and endless felicity. BUT THE TWO THINGS ARE NOT OF EQUAL VALUE, and though the pursuit of the heavenly excluded the earthly, though it were uncertain while the pursuit of the earthly were certain, and though it were more laborious, yet —1. The confectioner, to honour him, poured some honey into a dish before him. A MEASURE OF AFFECTION FOR THINGS ON EARTH IS LEGITIMATE. Nay, the choice of the heavenly portion is the more promising way of obtaining the earthly on the ground of the greater prudence and superior morality which the choice inspires, together with the blessing of God. If he suffers in goods or body does he feel that he would far rather suffer so than in soul, and does he feel a strong overbalancing consolation from above.5. The approval of the world while it pleases it damns.3. When he is greatly pleased with something, and his thoughts suddenly turn to higher objects, is he then more pleased?3. Here the apostle points the antithesis between earthly and heavenly things to controvert a Gnostic asceticism: in the Philippian letter he uses the same contrast to denounce an Epicurean sensualism. Then they would always carry these things about with them in their minds.5. Conclusion: Do you set your affections on things above?1. (5)By so doing you will partly enjoy them (2 Corinthians 12:2, 3). THE AFFECTIONS are —1. We call the dove silly to be deceived by a picture, however cleverly painted, but what epithet shall we apply to those who are duped by the transparently false allurements of the world!(C. And when the Jews were affected against Paul they "were moved with envy.2. )Earthly and heavenly thingsR. Hake.In return for his splendid services to China, Gordon would accept only the distinctions of the "Yellow Jacket" and the "Peacock's Feather," which correspond to our own orders of the Garter and the Bath. (c)Brethren (Hebrews 2:11; Romans 8:29). )Affections rightly placedW. Otherwise how is the great purpose of Christ accomplished who came to redeem us to them? (7) We shall never please God in anything we do (Romans 12:11). Otherwise how is the great purpose of Christ accomplished who came to redeem us to them? But the happiness of him that seeks the things above is independent of these, and is assured not only now, but for ever.3. "Set your affections," etc. (5)Joy (Psalm 4:6-7; 1 Peter 1:8).3. The earthly is mainly for the body and fortune, the heavenly for both body and soul and for eternity.2. (2)What are you most loath to part with? F. B. Tinling, B. A.After painting the Sistine ceiling, Michael Angelo found that the habit of looking upward, which that long-continued work rendered necessary, made it for some time impossible to read or to look carefully at a drawing except in the same attitude. What, may we not at all affect the things of earth? )Earthly and heavenly thingsR. (7)And fit you for the enjoyment of God after death. H. The Chinese Government twice offered him a fortune. I know I shall leave China as poor as I entered it, but with the knowledge that through my weak instrumentality upwards of eighty to one hundred thousand lives have been spared."(E. (3) Our nature is sunk in such a state that it has a most obstinate tendency to give itself to the inferior class of interests, the effect of which is to throw away the supreme interests of the soul. You are commanded to love your wives, husbands, etc., because you can love them in the Lord — but nowhere to love ourselves, money, etc., because "If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. )The heavenly inheritance preferredW. Do not think I am ill-tempered, but I do not care one jot about my promotion, or what people may say. Nay, the choice of the heavenly portion is the more promising way of obtaining the earthly on the ground of the greater prudence and superior morality which the choice inspires, together with the blessing of God. SUPPOSE TWO OBJECTS ADMITTED TO BE OF EQUAL VALUE PRESENTED THEMSELVES IN COMPETITION FOR OUR FAVOUR.1. (2)This will keep you from doating on the world (Philippians 3:8). "O yes, sir," he replied, "I cannot see it, but I can feel it pull." Herod heard John gladly, and the stony ground received the Word with joy.3. (4) We shall never press much after the knowledge and enjoyment of heavenly things. Its necessity to our happiness is another weighty consideration. Besides, if they had all that they profess, we cannot keep them. You who have chosen the earthly consider what a gambler's work you make of the pursuit of happiness. First a man wants to make a living, then a competency, then a superfluity, then he wants more. Then they would always carry these things about with them in their minds.5. H. Not supposing it to be only a picture, she flew towards it with a loud whirr, and unwittingly dashed against the sign-board, and jarred herself terribly. And when the Jews were affected against Paul they "were moved with envy.2. )The supreme attachment due to spiritual objectsJohn Foster.I. (2)What are you most loath to part with? (4) We shall never press much after the knowledge and enjoyment of heavenly things. Reflect, then, what skilfulness, scheming, racing, anxiety, sleeplessness are required for gaining and retaining earthly things. H. So they are the movings of the soul whereby the heart is sensibly carried out upon what is good or evil.3. So our converse with heaven should affect our attitude in looking at the things of earth.(T. They will remember that magnetic rock that rose from the surface of the placid waters. Ardent love is required for faithful testimony, and those who are ashamed of Christ, of them will He be ashamed. There are several affections, but all are ministers of love. (1)In the most intense degree (Luke 14:26).(2)Constantly. You are commanded to love your wives, husbands, etc., because you can love them in the Lord — but nowhere to love ourselves, money, etc., because "If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. Earthly things are only at best a temporary convenience; but without the heavenly a man perishes for ever. H. Affection is inevitably and justly set on health, near relatives, and as a matter concerning him and them, on his temporal condition. D.)The vital transferenceT. Its intrinsic value would outweigh all adverse considerations. Beauty, genius, everything that men and women have have been sacrificed for this, and as they went up in fame went down in character. 2. Do heavenly things grow increasingly attractive the nearer he gets to them? But this is not so. When Jerusalem was much affected about the tidings of Christ's birth it is said that "all Jerusalem was moved." Its intrinsic value would outweigh all adverse considerations. I love a thing and, if absent, desire it; if present, delight in it. Hake.In return for his splendid services to China, Gordon would accept only the distinctions of the "Yellow Jacket" and the "Peacock's Feather," which correspond to our own orders of the Garter and the Bath. Earthly things are only at best a temporary convenience; but without the heavenly a man perishes for ever. Anderson, LL. (6)This will make you willing to die (Philippians 1:23). "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart."2. The reason for David's great gift was his affection (1 Chronicles 29:3). We should aspire to have therefore more than a preponderance.IV. Nay, the choice of the heavenly portion is the more promising way of obtaining the earthly on the ground of the greater prudence and superior morality which the choice inspires, together with the blessing of God. Up, then, my heart. (a)Upon God (Psalm 10:4; Psalm 139:18). So our converse with heaven should affect our attitude in looking at the things of earth.(T. Herod heard John gladly, and the stony ground received the Word with joy.3. Spurgeon. You who have chosen the earthly consider what a gambler's work you make of the pursuit of happiness. (2) Our love (Deuteronomy 6:5). "This light affliction."(T. D.)The vital transferenceT. Let, then, the most depressing view of life be taken, it is soon over, and then the Christian is for ever with the Lord. Silently Sinbad's vessel was attracted towards it; silently the bolts were drawn out of the ship's side, one by one, through the subtle attraction of that magnetic rock. When Jerusalem was much affected about the tidings of Christ's birth it is said that "all Jerusalem was moved." What a little thing God demands, and what vast returns there will be (Matthew 10:41, 42). Spurgeon. And, therefore, we may in measure desire the pleasing, and be anxious to avoid the painful.2. (d)Your affections were made on purpose for these things (Proverbs 16:4). (b)Upon Christ (Luke 22:11-19). Bridge, M. A.I. May 31, 1995. Thus the believer is doubly secure. (5)By so doing you will partly enjoy them (2 Corinthians 12:2, 3). Think of Byron, Sheridan, Burns, etc. )Affections rightly placedW. But this is not so. Do not think I am ill-tempered, but I do not care one jot about my promotion, or what people may say. lnglis. (a)Upon God (Psalm 10:4; Psalm 139:18). Not that the life of the heavenly seeker is one of sloth, but his heavenly-mindedness enables him to go through the same work without the same disturbance, and to add others of a benevolent character by way of pastime.II. A child if he have no affection for his book will never make a scholar. H. Spurgeon.— AEsop's fable says: — "A pigeon oppressed by excessive thirst, saw a goblet of water painted on a sign-board. WE ARE TO SET OUR AFFECTIONS ON THINGS ABOVE.1. What, may we not at all affect the things of earth? And as it is sensibly carried out towards, so it must embrace the same. What then should be the comparative state of the affections as towards the former and the latter? They would be often speaking of them, and would love to hear others (Psalm 45:1).7. How many dollars is Croesus worth now? But where is the worldling after every earthly gratification then?(W. (8)You have better things to mind (Matthew 6:33; Colossians 3:1).V. So they are the movings of the soul whereby the heart is sensibly carried out upon what is good or evil.3. Ardent love is required for faithful testimony, and those who are ashamed of Christ, of them will He be ashamed. )The supreme attachment due to spiritual objectsJohn Foster.I. But you will acknowledge that during the week if you hewed away all that was given to earthly things there would not be much left. Affection is inevitably and justly set on health, near relatives, and as a matter concerning him and them, on his temporal condition. "Set your affections," etc. The Chinese Government twice offered him a fortune. We are, therefore, cut loose from "things on the earth. (1) Our nature, composed of two kinds of being, places us in strict relation to two different economies. (6)This will make you willing to die (Philippians 1:23). Its attraction is subtle, silent, slow, but fearfully powerful on every soul that floats within its range. Under its enchanting spell bolt after bolt of good resolution, clamp after clamp of Christian obligation, are stealthily drawn out. TRANSFER, THEN, YOUR AFFECTIONS TO THINGS ABOVE.1. Colossians teaches principles for living a Christian life in the midst of a non-Christian culture. (2) By the output of our nature our relation to one class of interests is immediate and sensible, while the relation to things spiritual is only through thought and faith. )The death of MelancthonIs there anything else you want?" The earthly is mainly for the body and fortune, the heavenly for both body and soul and for eternity.2. So if a man choose the earthly he can gain none of the heavenly; whereas if he choose the heavenly, besides securing it, he gains the best of the earthly. I know that I am doing a great deal of good, and, liking my profession, do not mind going on with my work. Do you not think of that? Think how much care is necessary to avoid the ills of life, and that we may have the most benefit of its relations. (d)Your affections were made on purpose for these things (Proverbs 16:4). Here we are immersed in the cares and business of the world; but let us keep the wings of our soul, our faith and our love, out of the world, that with these unclogged we may be ready to take our flight to heaven.(J. How many dollars is Croesus worth now? (c)Pleasures (Psalm 16:11). )The supreme attachment due to spiritual objectsJohn Foster.I. (3) Our affections will never be drawn from things beneath. )Affections the wings of the soulJ. Under its enchanting spell bolt after bolt of good resolution, clamp after clamp of Christian obligation, are stealthily drawn out. Philippians 3:19, 20.) The Chinese Government twice offered him a fortune. A sad thing it is for men to be so bent, and their hearts so set on the things of this world, as not to cast up a look to the things that are in heaven; nay, not to regard though God brings heaven down to them in His Word and sacraments. Let, then, the most depressing view of life be taken, it is soon over, and then the Christian is for ever with the Lord. How many dollars is Croesus worth now? What, may we not at all affect the things of earth? A sad thing it is for men to be so bent, and their hearts so set on the things of this world, as not to cast up a look to the things that are in heaven; nay, not to regard though God brings heaven down to them in His Word and sacraments. (6)This will make you willing to die (Philippians 1:23). Or is he solicitous that this temporal good may not injure his spiritual interests?4. (2) But if no more than barely this is attained, how often it is likely to be put in doubt. (2) Our chief relations are three. A good name is, of course, an immense power for good: but thousands have gone down under worldly applause. (1)There is nothing else worthy of them (1 John 2:15). That woman is not fit to be married to a man whose affections are not knit to him. (2)What are you most loath to part with? Beauty, genius, everything that men and women have have been sacrificed for this, and as they went up in fame went down in character. (1)What do you most think of? Anderson, LL. How many dollars is Croesus worth now? (d)Your affections were made on purpose for these things (Proverbs 16:4). For this is described as hungering and thirsting.4. And happiness, according to your estimate, depends on such chances as these. Wisdom will prefer that which requires less labour. III. )The heavenly inheritance preferredW. Think how much care is necessary to avoid the ills of life, and that we may have the most benefit of its relations. We need to be much taken up with Divine things, rising in thought above these temporal matters, or else the world will entangle us, and we shall be like birds held with limed twigs, or encompassed in a net. Having broken her wings by the blow, she fell to the ground, and was killed by one of the bystanders." Because —(1) They are suitable for our affections (Psalm 17:15). We ought to do so. You who have chosen the earthly consider what a gambler's work you make of the pursuit of happiness. The husks of this wilderness can never satisfy the hunger of the soul. Date Title Scripture Reference; 2020-09-02 Clothed with Christ: Colossians 3:1-17: 2020-05-18 Community Is . When your pleasures end in horror, and go out like a taper, the pleasures of the saints are then at their best.(R. Is he more pleased to give earnest application to higher things than to inferior, and that he would sacrifice more for one than for the other?6. (5)They will divert your thoughts from heaven (Psalm 10:3, 4). Or is he solicitous that this temporal good may not injure his spiritual interests?4. lnglis. (b)Upon Christ (Luke 22:11-19). Herod heard John gladly, and the stony ground received the Word with joy.3. (2) Take the approval of the world. What? On the second occasion the sum was still larger, but this also he declined, and afterwards he wrote home: — "I do not want anything, either money or honours, from either the Chinese Government or our own. (Bishop Reynolds. The apostle had such an idea of heaven that it made the troubles of life seem insignificant. (Bishop Reynolds. Wisdom will prefer that which requires less labour. The husks of this wilderness can never satisfy the hunger of the soul. (1)There is nothing else worthy of them (1 John 2:15). The man said, "Is it any satisfaction to you, my lad, to fly that kite, when you cannot see it?" Hake.In return for his splendid services to China, Gordon would accept only the distinctions of the "Yellow Jacket" and the "Peacock's Feather," which correspond to our own orders of the Garter and the Bath. De Witt Talmage, D. D.)Drawings toward heavenT. There are several affections, but all are ministers of love. - T. C. I. (a)Upon God (Psalm 10:4; Psalm 139:18). (7) We shall never please God in anything we do (Romans 12:11). )LinksColossians 3:2 NIVColossians 3:2 NLTColossians 3:2 ESVColossians 3:2 NASBColossians 3:2 KJVColossians 3:2 Bible AppsColossians 3:2 ParallelColossians 3:2 Biblia ParalelaColossians 3:2 Chinese BibleColossians 3:2 French BibleColossians 3:2 German BibleColossians 3:2 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)See the easiness of charity. (Bishop Lightfoot. Herod heard John gladly, and the stony ground received the Word with joy.3. (1) Where is the man who has been made happy by temporal success. "This light affliction."(T. "This light affliction."(T. De Witt Talmage, D. D.A man was passing along the street, and saw a blind boy seated on his father's knee, holding in his hand a kite-string, the kite flying away in the air. And then a man that looks on the conduct of public affairs, by which his own, his family's, and his fellow-citizens' welfare are affected, will necessarily feel consider able interest in that direction. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart."2. Think how much care is necessary to avoid the ills of life, and that we may have the most benefit of its relations. De Witt Talmage, D. D.I. And so out of this dark world, and amid this blindness of sin, we feel something drawing us heavenwards; and though we cannot see the thrones, and the joy, and the coronation, blessed be God, we can feel them pull.(T. And as it is sensibly carried out towards, so it must embrace the same. "Nothing but heaven," was the reply.Not on things on the earthE. Of these rewards he wrote to his mother: "I do not care twopence about these things, but know that you and my father like them." So our converse with heaven should affect our attitude in looking at the things of earth.(T. In most cases this is a matter of prompt and unequivocal consciousness; but in this the best men find tests valuable. When Jerusalem was much affected about the tidings of Christ's birth it is said that "all Jerusalem was moved." And so out of this dark world, and amid this blindness of sin, we feel something drawing us heavenwards; and though we cannot see the thrones, and the joy, and the coronation, blessed be God, we can feel them pull.(T. H. But how sad it is that the relations of the present are all which many recognize. Its necessity to our happiness is another weighty consideration. The dervish noticed this, and remarked, "That honey-dish is like the world, and the honey like its pleasures. (3) We cannot build on domestic enjoyments, pure and holy though they be.II. (2) We cannot depend on friend ships. If he suffers in goods or body does he feel that he would far rather suffer so than in soul, and does he feel a strong overbalancing consolation from above.5. By one we follow what is good and the other shun what is evil. Baxter.)Earthly-mindednessJ. (3) Our affections will never be drawn from things beneath. 2. Change Language {{#items}} {{local_title}} Yet so it is: most men are of this Spanish general's mind; witness the oxen, the farms, the pleasures, the profits and preferments, that men are so fast glued unto, that they have hardly leisure to entertain a thought of any goodness.(J. Think of Byron, Sheridan, Burns, etc. It is one thing to affect the best things and have some affections for them, and another thing to set our affections on them. lnglis. (c)Pleasures (Psalm 16:11). A sad thing it is for men to be so bent, and their hearts so set on the things of this world, as not to cast up a look to the things that are in heaven; nay, not to regard though God brings heaven down to them in His Word and sacraments. Think of Byron, Sheridan, Burns, etc. Sin is mortified by the contrary good; the joy and grief of the world by spiritual joy and grief. (2)See the folly of covetous worldlings. Immediately a swarm of flies settled, as was their wont, upon the honey; some upon the edge of the dish, but the greater number in the middle. Some play us false; the truest leave us. By the nobler part of our nature we are placed in solemn relations with another economy comporting with its immortality — to God, the one infinite Being; to the Redeemer, the Lord of the new economy; to an unseen state of holy companionships and endless felicity. 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