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lay up your earthly treasures in heaven : you cannot lay them up in a safer place.
But you will say, “ How may that be done?” Why, if you lay them out for the honour and glory of God and in his service, you shall thereby lay them up in heaven : this is the way to carry earth to heaven; yea, to make earthly comforts and enjoyments to tend upon you farther than the grave. We say commonly, “ These things will go no farther than the grave with us: there we must part with them:" no, lay up these earthly things in heaven, by employing them for the honour and glory of God, and they shall and will go farther with you than the grave; and, though you brought nothing with you into the world, yet you shall carry them out of the world with you. See Rev. xiv. 13. Their works do follow them : they enter into heaven with them. And Luke xvi. 9. Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. Mummon of unrighteousness : that is, earthly enjoyments; so called, be. cause usually abused to unrighteousness. Make you friends of them : that is, so lay them out for the glory of God and the good of others, that, when ye fail, that is, when you die, you may be received into everlasting habitations, that is, into everlasting glory.
And thus I have finished this subject of Laying up Treasure in Heaven. The Lord make what hath been spoken profitable to your souls !
IN WORKING OUT
PHIL. ii. 12, 13.
WHEREFORE, MY BELOVED, AS YE HAVE ALWAYS OBEYED, NOT AS
IN MY PRESENCE ONLY, BUT NOW MUCH MORE IN MY ABSENCE, WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING : FOR IT IS GOD, WHICH WORKETH IN YOU, BOTH TO WILL AND TO
DO, OP HIS GOOD PLEASURE.
The whole sum of Christianity is comprehended in two points; Knowledge and Obedience. The one is conversant about things supernaturally revealed; and the other, about duties supernaturally performed.
Now, although there be so, wide a difference between these two: yet, where they are suffered to run on in a course, they will one fall into the other; and Gospel Revelations will make way for and lead unto Gospel Obedience.
Indeed, there is no divine truth, how abstracted, how sublime and speculative soever it may seem to be, but, by the help of one or two consequences, may be handed down along to clear and direct our practice.
And therefore the Apostle, speaking of the whole of Christian Religion, calls it the mystery of godliness : 1 Tim. iii. 16.; 'and, the truth according to godliness : Titus i. 1. He calls it not a mystery and godliness, or truth and godliness; but he knits and joins them both together, the mystery and truth of godliness: a truth, yea and a truth wrapt up in a mystery, because discovered only by a divine light; and yet a mystery of godliness, because it is a truth that tends to incline the will and raise the affections, and so direct the conversations of men, unto godliness and obedience.