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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. D.I. not on things on the earth; not mind earth and earthly things, temporal enjoyments, riches, and honours; and though food and raiment, and the necessaries of life, are to be sought after, and cared and provided for, yet not with anxiety and perplexity of mind, in an over thoughtful and distressing manner; nor should the heart be set on those outward things, or happiness placed in the possession of them. 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. Extremes meet. F. B. Tinling, B. In pursuing one of them we can only gain itself, but in pursuing the other we gain it and a large share of its competitor — who could hesitate about making an election? Because, if they are not set on Christ and the things of Christ —(1) You will not be found marriageable unto Him. The motions of the reasonable soul. Earthly things are only at best a temporary convenience; but without the heavenly a man perishes for ever. (7) We shall never please God in anything we do (Romans 12:11). The motions of the reasonable soul. When he is greatly pleased with something, and his thoughts suddenly turn to higher objects, is he then more pleased?3. Consider if ye do set your affections on things below —(1)Ye cross God's end in giving them. H. Bridge, M. A.I. D.I. Think in how many ways we derive pleasure or pain from earthly things. )The affections to be habitually heavenwardT. Its intrinsic value would outweigh all adverse considerations. )The heavenly inheritance preferredW. Otherwise how is the great purpose of Christ accomplished who came to redeem us to them? He cannot hold together in a tempest of trial, he cannot go out on any cruise of Christian service, because he is no longer held together by a Divine principle within. I know that I am doing a great deal of good, and, liking my profession, do not mind going on with my work. Except in reliance on this we should hear the text with despair.II. "(From the Hindustani. The apostle had such an idea of heaven that it made the troubles of life seem insignificant. (e)Setting your affections on them now is the way to come to their enjoyment hereafter.2. )Earthly and heavenly thingsR. And further, this is the only way of finding satisfaction in earthly things, and without that satisfaction they are worthless.2. 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. H. Men demean themselves, defraud, and lie for money, and think of nothing else. 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. A good name is, of course, an immense power for good: but thousands have gone down under worldly applause. The motions of the reasonable soul. Except in reliance on this we should hear the text with despair.II. The reason for David's great gift was his affection (1 Chronicles 29:3). )Earthly and heavenly thingsR. (3) We cannot build on domestic enjoyments, pure and holy though they be.II. (John Foster. Then nothing would attract it that ought not; it would be in repulsion to all evil, and both in the right degrees.2. was asked Melancthon on his deathbed. 1999. (2)This will keep you from doating on the world (Philippians 3:8). They would not be put off with any slight evidence of their interest in them.(W. TRANSFER, THEN, YOUR AFFECTIONS TO THINGS ABOVE.1. (3) Our treasure is there. Affection is inevitably and justly set on health, near relatives, and as a matter concerning him and them, on his temporal condition. 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. And as it is sensibly carried out towards, so it must embrace the same. But the happiness of him that seeks the things above is independent of these, and is assured not only now, but for ever.3. (Bishop Reynolds. Uses:1. 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. (1) The answer can but be that there must be, at the lowest, a decided preponderance in favour of the spiritual and the eternal. WE ARE TO SET OUR AFFECTIONS ON THINGS ABOVE.1. 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." Let, then, the most depressing view of life be taken, it is soon over, and then the Christian is for ever with the Lord. Under its enchanting spell bolt after bolt of good resolution, clamp after clamp of Christian obligation, are stealthily drawn out. "This light affliction."(T. Beauty, genius, everything that men and women have have been sacrificed for this, and as they went up in fame went down in character. When Jerusalem was much affected about the tidings of Christ's birth it is said that "all Jerusalem was moved." These, then, are to occupy our supreme regard; and every thing else must give way to them. 2. What madness would be charged. How happy it were if affection might go just at its own pleasure and all be right and safe, i.e., that an infallible perception accompanied it with which the moral taste strictly agreed. D.)The vital transferenceT. We ought to do so. De Witt Talmage, D. D.)The antidote to asceticism and sensualismBishop Lightfoot.You must not only seek heaven; you must also think heaven. 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. (5) We shall never be zealous for God, for zeal is the heat of Divine love. We should aspire to have therefore more than a preponderance.IV. 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. )Spirituality a safeguard against temptationC. SUPREME AFFECTION SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR THINGS ABOVE.1. (1) Where is the man who has been made happy by temporal success. (1) Where is the man who has been made happy by temporal success. Exhortation. "Nothing but heaven," was the reply.Not on things on the earthE. The earthly is mainly for the body and fortune, the heavenly for both body and soul and for eternity.2. We should aspire to have therefore more than a preponderance.IV. Anderson, LL. Herod heard John gladly, and the stony ground received the Word with joy.3. That woman is not fit to be married to a man whose affections are not knit to him. Spurgeon. Men demean themselves, defraud, and lie for money, and think of nothing else. The confectioner then took up s whisk to drive them off, when those upon the side flew away with ease, but the others were prevented from rising, the honey clinging to their wings, and were involved in ruin. A MEASURE OF AFFECTION FOR THINGS ON EARTH IS LEGITIMATE. Hake. (Mark 4:19).2. PROGRESS! TRANSFER, THEN, YOUR AFFECTIONS TO THINGS ABOVE.1. So our converse with heaven should affect our attitude in looking at the things of earth.(T. And as it is sensibly carried out towards, so it must embrace the same. )The death of MelancthonIs there anything else you want?" F. B. Tinling, B. When your pleasures end in horror, and go out like a taper, the pleasures of the saints are then at their best.(R. The reason for David's great gift was his affection (1 Chronicles 29:3). )Earthly and heavenly thingsR. And further, this is the only way of finding satisfaction in earthly things, and without that satisfaction they are worthless.2. AFFECTION IS THE GOING OUT OF THE SOUL TOWARD OBJECTS WITHIN ITS VIEW.1. A. (3) We cannot build on domestic enjoyments, pure and holy though they be.II. Men demean themselves, defraud, and lie for money, and think of nothing else. What matters it how long or how fair has been the man's profession of religion, or how flauntingly the flag of his orthodoxy floats from the masthead? Self-culture always means a good deal of effort. Extremes meet. Anderson, LL. (5)Joy (Psalm 4:6-7; 1 Peter 1:8).3. Its necessity to our happiness is another weighty consideration. "Set your affections," etc. (5)By so doing you will partly enjoy them (2 Corinthians 12:2, 3). The approval of the world while it pleases it damns.3. THE AFFECTIONS ARE TO BE SET ON THINGS ABOVE, AND NOT ON THINGS ON THE EARTH.1. The confectioner, to honour him, poured some honey into a dish before him. So they are the movings of the soul whereby the heart is sensibly carried out upon what is good or evil.3. (5)Joy (Psalm 4:6-7; 1 Peter 1:8).3. But where is the worldling after every earthly gratification then?(W. Do not think I am ill-tempered, but I do not care one jot about my promotion, or what people may say. The approval of the world while it pleases it damns.3. 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. That woman is not fit to be married to a man whose affections are not knit to him. Earthly things are only at best a temporary convenience; but without the heavenly a man perishes for ever. WE ARE TO SET OUR AFFECTIONS ON THINGS ABOVE.1. If I hate a thing I shun it or am angry with it.II. 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. So stands the magnetic rock of worldliness athwart the Christian's path. 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. Up, then, my heart. (V)11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew,(W)circumcised or uncircumcised,(X)barbarian, Scythian, slave or free,(Y)but Christ is all,(Z)and is in all. Oh that we would remember this, and never tarry long on the ground lest the fowler ensnare us. What matters it how long or how fair has been the man's profession of religion, or how flauntingly the flag of his orthodoxy floats from the masthead? Fleeting and unconstant (Proverbs 23:5; 2 Samuel 19:43; 2 Samuel 19:21.; Belshazzar; Luke 12:19-20). 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. But how sad it is that the relations of the present are all which many recognize. The mockeries of the world are many, and those who are deluded by them not only miss the joys they looked for, but in their eager pursuit of vanity bring ruin upon their souls. "This light affliction."(T. Spence. (b)Our Husband (Hosea 2:16; Isaiah 54:5). There are several affections, but all are ministers of love. We ought to do so. Herod heard John gladly, and the stony ground received the Word with joy.3. "O yes, sir," he replied, "I cannot see it, but I can feel it pull." (1)What do you most think of? Think of Byron, Sheridan, Burns, etc. (Bishop Lightfoot. 2. Exhortation. Do you not think of that? The dervish noticed this, and remarked, "That honey-dish is like the world, and the honey like its pleasures. It has been drawn out of him by that mighty loadstone of attraction, a sinful, godless, self-pampering, Christ-rejecting world.(Cuyler. Let a man examine when he is strongly interested in some temporal concern whether he can say more than all this is the interest I feel in things above.2. 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. Note the Apocalyptic figures of them. (5) We shall never be zealous for God, for zeal is the heat of Divine love. It is one thing to affect the best things and have some affections for them, and another thing to set our affections on them. Hake. The confectioner, to honour him, poured some honey into a dish before him. (2) But if no more than barely this is attained, how often it is likely to be put in doubt. "This light affliction."(T. (b)Upon Christ (Luke 22:11-19). (5)Joy (Psalm 4:6-7; 1 Peter 1:8).3. )Earthly and heavenly thingsR. (2) But if no more than barely this is attained, how often it is likely to be put in doubt. Do heavenly things grow increasingly attractive the nearer he gets to them? 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." )Vanity of earthly thingsC. But where is the worldling after every earthly gratification then?(W. The Calm: Live Each Day In The Calm Amid The Storm . )Attractions of the worldCuyler.Nearly all can recall that favourite fiction of their childhood, the voyage of Sinbad the sailor into the Indian Sea. The confectioner, to honour him, poured some honey into a dish before him. IV. I know that I am doing a great deal of good, and, liking my profession, do not mind going on with my work. But what will you do for pleasure when these are gone? The confectioner then took up s whisk to drive them off, when those upon the side flew away with ease, but the others were prevented from rising, the honey clinging to their wings, and were involved in ruin. (b)Upon Christ (Luke 22:11-19). So stands the magnetic rock of worldliness athwart the Christian's path. 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. A good name is, of course, an immense power for good: but thousands have gone down under worldly applause. The confectioner then took up s whisk to drive them off, when those upon the side flew away with ease, but the others were prevented from rising, the honey clinging to their wings, and were involved in ruin. The snow is melted by the warm beams of the sun, and the more your hearts are warmed with love to Christ, the easier will earthly affections fall away. H. Spurgeon.— AEsop's fable says: — "A pigeon oppressed by excessive thirst, saw a goblet of water painted on a sign-board. Do not think I am ill-tempered, but I do not care one jot about my promotion, or what people may say. You have not got so far as that? When he is greatly pleased with something, and his thoughts suddenly turn to higher objects, is he then more pleased?3. (c)Brethren (Hebrews 2:11; Romans 8:29). Its intrinsic value would outweigh all adverse considerations. 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. When your pleasures end in horror, and go out like a taper, the pleasures of the saints are then at their best.(R. When Jerusalem was much affected about the tidings of Christ's birth it is said that "all Jerusalem was moved." When your pleasures end in horror, and go out like a taper, the pleasures of the saints are then at their best.(R. Does he check his temporal pursuits directly they interfere with heavenly, and double his diligence in regard to the latter.7. (3) We cannot build on domestic enjoyments, pure and holy though they be.II. (1)In the most intense degree (Luke 14:26).(2)Constantly. Surely our Creator does not desire the pleasure denied or the pain endured more than is inevitable, or disciplinary. (b)Honours (1 Samuel 2:30). Exhortation. Besides, if they had all that they profess, we cannot keep them. )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)Desire (Psalm 73:25; Philippians 1:23). )Earthly and heavenly thingsR. 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. That woman is not fit to be married to a man whose affections are not knit to him. Up from the weedy ditches and briery hedges of the world into the clear atmosphere of heaven. 1599-1645. (1)What do you most think of? Herod heard John gladly, and the stony ground received the Word with joy.3. When he thus captivates the soul, and draws it up, then the affections flow unto him as the source and fountain of all blessings. (6)This will make you willing to die (Philippians 1:23). 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. 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. 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. Its attraction is subtle, silent, slow, but fearfully powerful on every soul that floats within its range. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart."2. 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. It has been drawn out of him by that mighty loadstone of attraction, a sinful, godless, self-pampering, Christ-rejecting world.(Cuyler. "This light affliction."(T. So they are the movings of the soul whereby the heart is sensibly carried out upon what is good or evil.3. (7)It is gross idolatry (Colossians 3:5). "Set your affections," etc. The man said, "Is it any satisfaction to you, my lad, to fly that kite, when you cannot see it?" The Chinese Government twice offered him a fortune. (Cf. (6)This will make you willing to die (Philippians 1:23). We shall be wise if we prefer that which we are sure of attaining, and resist that of which it is doubtful if we ever gain it. "Commentary on Colossians 3:2". 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. 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. 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. 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. THE AFFECTIONS are —1. (2) We cannot depend on friend ships. If I hate a thing I shun it or am angry with it.II. WHAT, THEN, MAY BE TAKEN AS PROOFS THAT WE HAVE THE REQUIRED PREPONDERANCE OF AFFECTION FOR THINGS ABOVE. There are several affections, but all are ministers of love. Spence. (1)How sin hath debased and infatuated mankind. 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. AFFECTION IS THE GOING OUT OF THE SOUL TOWARD OBJECTS WITHIN ITS VIEW.1. Lit., be minded, think. They destroy while they please. (b)Upon Christ (Luke 22:11-19). 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. They are unsatisfactory. Under its enchanting spell bolt after bolt of good resolution, clamp after clamp of Christian obligation, are stealthily drawn out. 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. Spurgeon. )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. It seems obvious, it seems easy in theory; in practice it is really very difficult. Spurgeon. Philippians 3:19, 20.) “Set your affections,” etc. )Earthly and heavenly thingsR. 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. (2) We cannot depend on friend ships. How is it with you now with your large house of twenty rooms sumptuously furnished; are you any happier than when you had only two? And therefore He has ‘gone up on high,’ that He may draw you higher. (1) When the affections are habitually set on things above, the surest evidence of regeneration, and of being in a state of grace, is afforded. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. The man said, "Is it any satisfaction to you, my lad, to fly that kite, when you cannot see it?" The apostle had such an idea of heaven that it made the troubles of life seem insignificant. )The death of MelancthonIs there anything else you want?" Except in reliance on this we should hear the text with despair.II. 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. Philippians 3:19. "Birds," says Manton, "are seldom taken in their flight; the more we are upon the wing of heavenly thoughts the more we escape snares." De Witt Talmage, D. D.)Drawings toward heavenT. (1) Our thoughts (Philippians 4:8). Hake. They destroy while they please. Earthly satisfactions of any kind, if they stand in competition with them, must all be sacrificed without hesitation and without regret. (1)There is nothing else worthy of them (1 John 2:15). Think how much care is necessary to avoid the ills of life, and that we may have the most benefit of its relations. WHAT THINGS ON EARTH? "(2) In comparison with spiritual things your affection for them is to be as no affection. Its necessity to our happiness is another weighty consideration. (1) Our nature, composed of two kinds of being, places us in strict relation to two different economies. But this is not so. THEY CAST DOWN UPON US A TRANSFORMING BEAUTY. (3) Our affections will never be drawn from things beneath. 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. We have a throne there, a multitude to greet us, and Jesus.2. D.I. (8)You have better things to mind (Matthew 6:33; Colossians 3:1).V. (b) it is hid, as an experience, from the world; (c) it is hid from the believer himself in times of spiritual desertion; (d) the full glory of this life is hidden even from the believer (1 John 3:1). THE AFFECTIONS ARE TO BE SET ON THINGS ABOVE, AND NOT ON THINGS ON THE EARTH.1. ", 1. The dervish noticed this, and remarked, "That honey-dish is like the world, and the honey like its pleasures.

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