)Affections rightly placedW. WHAT, THEN, MAY BE TAKEN AS PROOFS THAT WE HAVE THE REQUIRED PREPONDERANCE OF AFFECTION FOR THINGS ABOVE. (6)This will make you willing to die (Philippians 1:23). Examination. (2) We cannot depend on friend ships. Anderson, LL. Spence. (4)The more you affect them, the less comfort you will have in them (Psalm 106:15). Then nothing would attract it that ought not; it would be in repulsion to all evil, and both in the right degrees.2. 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. 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. )The death of MelancthonIs there anything else you want?" On the first occasion ten thousand taels were actually brought into his room, but he drove out the bearers of the treasure, and would not even look at it. Spurgeon. 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. De Witt Talmage, D. D.)Drawings toward heavenT. 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. (1)What do you most think of? 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? )Love of the worldFrom the Hindustani.— A dervish once went into a confectioner's shop. (1) The answer can but be that there must be, at the lowest, a decided preponderance in favour of the spiritual and the eternal. Then they would always carry these things about with them in their minds.5. Man's heart never acts without being acted upon. 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 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. First a man wants to make a living, then a competency, then a superfluity, then he wants more. 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. (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. But how sad it is that the relations of the present are all which many recognize. Does he check his temporal pursuits directly they interfere with heavenly, and double his diligence in regard to the latter.7. But where is the worldling after every earthly gratification then?(W. Inglis.If you will go to the banks of a little stream and watch the flies that come and bathe in it you will notice that while they plunge their bodies in the water, they keep their wings high out of it; and after swimming about a little while they fly away with their wings unwet through the sunny air. (4)Hope (Romans 5:2). Spurgeon. was asked Melancthon on his deathbed. (2) You will never own Him. So they are the movings of the soul whereby the heart is sensibly carried out upon what is good or evil.3. The dervish noticed this, and remarked, "That honey-dish is like the world, and the honey like its pleasures. 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. How? Under its enchanting spell bolt after bolt of good resolution, clamp after clamp of Christian obligation, are stealthily drawn out. A good name is, of course, an immense power for good: but thousands have gone down under worldly applause. (3) Our affections will never be drawn from things beneath. 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. A good name is, of course, an immense power for good: but thousands have gone down under worldly applause. Men demean themselves, defraud, and lie for money, and think of nothing else. Surely our Creator does not desire the pleasure denied or the pain endured more than is inevitable, or disciplinary. When he is greatly pleased with something, and his thoughts suddenly turn to higher objects, is he then more pleased?3. If men's affections were set on things above they would not be so indifferent in the things of God as they are. The approval of the world while it pleases it damns.3. "O yes, sir," he replied, "I cannot see it, but I can feel it pull." Bridge, M. )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, (5)Joy (Psalm 4:6-7; 1 Peter 1:8).3. Exhortation. )Affections the wings of the soulJ. You who have chosen the earthly consider what a gambler's work you make of the pursuit of happiness. Its attraction is subtle, silent, slow, but fearfully powerful on every soul that floats within its range. 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? Up, then, my heart. (2) You will never own Him. De Witt Talmage, D. D.)Drawings toward heavenT. They will remember that magnetic rock that rose from the surface of the placid waters. 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. 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. Men demean themselves, defraud, and lie for money, and think of nothing else. 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. 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. 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. WHAT, THEN, MAY BE TAKEN AS PROOFS THAT WE HAVE THE REQUIRED PREPONDERANCE OF AFFECTION FOR THINGS ABOVE. 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. 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. Inglis.If you will go to the banks of a little stream and watch the flies that come and bathe in it you will notice that while they plunge their bodies in the water, they keep their wings high out of it; and after swimming about a little while they fly away with their wings unwet through the sunny air. Good men have used an indiscreet language almost of requiring an indifference to or contempt for earthly things; and according to this there is one essential inconsistency between our duty and the condition in which God has placed us. 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. So stands the magnetic rock of worldliness athwart the Christian's path. 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. First a man wants to make a living, then a competency, then a superfluity, then he wants more. (1) Take riches; there is no harm in preferring them to poverty; but thousands are destroyed by the pleasure of their accumulation, bodily, spiritually, and eternally. They would seek them first, of their age, day, and competition; in youth, morning, and before all.6. H. It has been drawn out of him by that mighty loadstone of attraction, a sinful, godless, self-pampering, Christ-rejecting world.(Cuyler. By one we follow what is good and the other shun what is evil. 3. So stands the magnetic rock of worldliness athwart the Christian's path. Bridge, M. )The death of MelancthonIs there anything else you want?" When your pleasures end in horror, and go out like a taper, the pleasures of the saints are then at their best.(R. Or is he solicitous that this temporal good may not injure his spiritual interests?4. (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. lnglis. Yes, ye may desire them, and grieve at the loss of them, and both desire and grief are affections. H. (Mark 4:19).2. 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. 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. (3) We cannot build on domestic enjoyments, pure and holy though they be.II. (4)The more you affect them, the less comfort you will have in them (Psalm 106:15). And further, this is the only way of finding satisfaction in earthly things, and without that satisfaction they are worthless.2. Let, then, the most depressing view of life be taken, it is soon over, and then the Christian is for ever with the Lord. (Bishop Reynolds. Its necessity to our happiness is another weighty consideration. Its intrinsic value would outweigh all adverse considerations. Baxter.)Earthly-mindednessJ. A. 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. 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. Good men have used an indiscreet language almost of requiring an indifference to or contempt for earthly things; and according to this there is one essential inconsistency between our duty and the condition in which God has placed us. Do not think I am ill-tempered, but I do not care one jot about my promotion, or what people may say. 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. 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. SUPREME AFFECTION SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR THINGS ABOVE.1. It has been drawn out of him by that mighty loadstone of attraction, a sinful, godless, self-pampering, Christ-rejecting world.(Cuyler. "Let him that rejoiceth be as though he rejoiced not." Do heavenly things grow increasingly attractive the nearer he gets to them? )The affections to be habitually heavenwardT. They would be most indulgent and tender of them.8. 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. Inglis.If you will go to the banks of a little stream and watch the flies that come and bathe in it you will notice that while they plunge their bodies in the water, they keep their wings high out of it; and after swimming about a little while they fly away with their wings unwet through the sunny air. Then they would always carry these things about with them in their minds.5. WHAT, THEN, MAY BE TAKEN AS PROOFS THAT WE HAVE THE REQUIRED PREPONDERANCE OF AFFECTION FOR THINGS ABOVE. SUPPOSE TWO OBJECTS ADMITTED TO BE OF EQUAL VALUE PRESENTED THEMSELVES IN COMPETITION FOR OUR FAVOUR.1. )Attractions of the worldCuyler.Nearly all can recall that favourite fiction of their childhood, the voyage of Sinbad the sailor into the Indian Sea. And happiness, according to your estimate, depends on such chances as these. (d)Your affections were made on purpose for these things (Proverbs 16:4). (2) But if no more than barely this is attained, how often it is likely to be put in doubt. We have a throne there, a multitude to greet us, and Jesus.2. 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. 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. (4) One would imagine the terror of this to make the doctrine of Divine grace welcome. Inglis.If you will go to the banks of a little stream and watch the flies that come and bathe in it you will notice that while they plunge their bodies in the water, they keep their wings high out of it; and after swimming about a little while they fly away with their wings unwet through the sunny air. Or is he solicitous that this temporal good may not injure his spiritual interests?4. If I hate a thing I shun it or am angry with it.II. "Nothing but heaven," was the reply.Not on things on the earthE. The reason for David's great gift was his affection (1 Chronicles 29:3). Cancel. The apostle had such an idea of heaven that it made the troubles of life seem insignificant. THE AFFECTIONS ARE TO BE SET ON THINGS ABOVE, AND NOT ON THINGS ON THE EARTH.1. Yes, ye may desire them, and grieve at the loss of them, and both desire and grief are affections. If you have never found out the true secret of life — the love of God and His service, you are not so happy. 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? But how sad it is that the relations of the present are all which many recognize. But what will you do for pleasure when these are gone? When he is greatly pleased with something, and his thoughts suddenly turn to higher objects, is he then more pleased?3. (4)The more you affect them, the less comfort you will have in them (Psalm 106:15). Yes, ye may desire them, and grieve at the loss of them, and both desire and grief are affections. But where is the worldling after every earthly gratification then?(W. "Nothing but heaven," was the reply.Not on things on the earthE. (7)And fit you for the enjoyment of God after death. Spurgeon. (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. Inglis.If you will go to the banks of a little stream and watch the flies that come and bathe in it you will notice that while they plunge their bodies in the water, they keep their wings high out of it; and after swimming about a little while they fly away with their wings unwet through the sunny air. )Spirituality a safeguard against temptationC. Baxter.)Earthly-mindednessJ. Consider if ye do set your affections on things below —(1)Ye cross God's end in giving them. Beauty, genius, everything that men and women have have been sacrificed for this, and as they went up in fame went down in character. 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. Anderson, LL. If I hate a thing I shun it or am angry with it.II. H. (d)Your affections were made on purpose for these things (Proverbs 16:4). III. 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. 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. was asked Melancthon on his deathbed. I love a thing and, if absent, desire it; if present, delight in it. There are several affections, but all are ministers of love. What? I love a thing and, if absent, desire it; if present, delight in it. When Jerusalem was much affected about the tidings of Christ's birth it is said that "all Jerusalem was moved." Why are we to set our affections on things above? If I hate a thing I shun it or am angry with it.II. The apostle had such an idea of heaven that it made the troubles of life seem insignificant. Spurgeon. )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, (8)You have better things to mind (Matthew 6:33; Colossians 3:1).V. 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. Affection is inevitably and justly set on health, near relatives, and as a matter concerning him and them, on his temporal condition. They would seek them first, of their age, day, and competition; in youth, morning, and before all.6. 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. By (4)What little cause men have to be troubled for the want of such things. The apostle had such an idea of heaven that it made the troubles of life seem insignificant. Because, if they are not set on Christ and the things of Christ —(1) You will not be found marriageable unto Him. THE FOLLY OF SETTING OUR AFFECTIONS ON THINGS ON THE EARTH.1. The apostle had such an idea of heaven that it made the troubles of life seem insignificant. And happiness, according to your estimate, depends on such chances as these. When he is greatly pleased with something, and his thoughts suddenly turn to higher objects, is he then more pleased?3. (2) But if no more than barely this is attained, how often it is likely to be put in doubt. THE AFFECTIONS are —1. (Bishop Beveridge. And as it is sensibly carried out towards, so it must embrace the same. (8) We shall not be safe from apostasy. )Spirituality a safeguard against temptationC. Affection is inevitably and justly set on health, near relatives, and as a matter concerning him and them, on his temporal condition. Both alike are guilty of the same fundamental error; both alike concentrate their thoughts on material, mundane things. Spence. Philippians 3:19, 20.) The dervish noticed this, and remarked, "That honey-dish is like the world, and the honey like its pleasures. (4)It will make you more active in all duties (Acts 20:24). They would be most indulgent and tender of them.8. The approval of the world while it pleases it damns.3. 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. D.I. Under its enchanting spell bolt after bolt of good resolution, clamp after clamp of Christian obligation, are stealthily drawn out.