Friday, April 11, 2008

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment Chap. 1

Can you say with the Apostle Paul, "I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content'? It is the hope of Jeremiah Burroughs that through expositing this text, that we may, along with Paul, learn the mystery of Christian contentment. The doctrine which comes from this text, and that which will guide this work, is that "to be well skilled in the mystery of Christian contentment is the duty, glory, and excellence of a Christian".

Burroughs goes on to further define what he means by Christian contentment: "Christian contentment is that sweet inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God's wise and fatherly disposal in every condition." The entire first chapter is given to its description. "Nine distinct things are opened up" in accordance with this definition:
  1. Contentment is a sweet, inward heart-thing
  2. It is the quiet of the heart
  3. It is an inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit
  4. Contentment is the gracious frame of the heart
  5. It freely submits to and takes pleasure in God's disposal
  6. Contentment is freely submitting to and taking pleasure in God's disposal
  7. Contentment is taking pleasure in God's disposal
  8. Submitting, and taking pleasure in God's disposal
  9. True contentment is in every condition

Hopefully, after the first chapter you feel a little overwhelmed. Take heart, this is our author's goal. He hopes to show that this is, indeed, a great mystery. This mystery is where Burroughs will spend his time in the second chapter.

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