Anderson, LL. 1. (John Foster. (1) Our nature, composed of two kinds of being, places us in strict relation to two different economies. "(From the Hindustani. Oh that we would remember this, and never tarry long on the ground lest the fowler ensnare us. Affection is inevitably and justly set on health, near relatives, and as a matter concerning him and them, on his temporal condition. 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. (5)Or others to be proud of having them.2. We ought to do so. Spurgeon. (6) We shall never do any great thing for God. )Earthly and heavenly thingsR. Bridge, M. Having broken her wings by the blow, she fell to the ground, and was killed by one of the bystanders." (Mark 4:19).2. 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. THE AFFECTIONS ARE TO BE SET ON THINGS ABOVE, AND NOT ON THINGS ON THE EARTH.1. Think of Byron, Sheridan, Burns, etc. Ardent love is required for faithful testimony, and those who are ashamed of Christ, of them will He be ashamed. "This light affliction."(T. IX. The apostle had such an idea of heaven that it made the troubles of life seem insignificant. )The affections to be habitually heavenwardT. For this is described as hungering and thirsting.4. Contact with the good sanctifies; communion with the happy gladdens. (5) We shall never be zealous for God, for zeal is the heat of Divine love. By one we follow what is good and the other shun what is evil. Herod heard John gladly, and the stony ground received the Word with joy.3. Let sudden temptation smite the unbolted professor, and in an hour he is a wreck. (a)Riches (Matthew 6:19-21). Affection is inevitably and justly set on health, near relatives, and as a matter concerning him and them, on his temporal condition. The earthly is mainly for the body and fortune, the heavenly for both body and soul and for eternity.2. De Witt Talmage, D. D.I. What? Having broken her wings by the blow, she fell to the ground, and was killed by one of the bystanders." How many dollars is Croesus worth now? 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. Ardent love is required for faithful testimony, and those who are ashamed of Christ, of them will He be ashamed. Then nothing would attract it that ought not; it would be in repulsion to all evil, and both in the right degrees.2. SUPPOSE TWO OBJECTS ADMITTED TO BE OF EQUAL VALUE PRESENTED THEMSELVES IN COMPETITION FOR OUR FAVOUR.1. A child if he have no affection for his book will never make a scholar. So stands the magnetic rock of worldliness athwart the Christian's path. (b)Honours (1 Samuel 2:30). The approval of the world while it pleases it damns.3. (5) We shall never be zealous for God, for zeal is the heat of Divine love. Then they would always carry these things about with them in their minds.5. Think how much care is necessary to avoid the ills of life, and that we may have the most benefit of its relations. 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. But this is not so. But our interests here have claims that must be allowed.1. 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. But how sad it is that the relations of the present are all which many recognize. But this is not so. Think how much care is necessary to avoid the ills of life, and that we may have the most benefit of its relations. 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. Because, if they are not set on Christ and the things of Christ —(1) You will not be found marriageable unto Him. (2) Take the approval of the world. The reason for David's great gift was his affection (1 Chronicles 29:3). Uses:1. 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. Colossians 3:23(HCSB) Verse Thoughts Having set out all the many advantages of being in Christ in the first two chapters of Colossians, and laying before us the glories of God’s grace, and the heavenly privileges, of which we are all beneficiaries, Paul turns his attention to practical application in the final two chapters of his epistle. 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. The husks of this wilderness can never satisfy the hunger of the soul. They are unsatisfactory. (1) Where is the man who has been made happy by temporal success. (3)What do you spend most time about? Why are we to set our affections on things above? "Let him that rejoiceth be as though he rejoiced not." Its necessity to our happiness is another weighty consideration. And happiness, according to your estimate, depends on such chances as these. But the happiness of him that seeks the things above is independent of these, and is assured not only now, but for ever.3. SUPREME AFFECTION SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR THINGS ABOVE.1. If we did so it would change everything in us, and make us more gentle, loving, hopeful, and when we come to die we should need no Jacob's ladder or angel's wing.3. Therefore there is great difficulty in apportioning the regards towards these in due proportion. I love a thing and, if absent, desire it; if present, delight in it. (6)And so disturb you in duty (Ezekiel 33:31). Uses:1. H. Extremes meet. (4)It will make you more active in all duties (Acts 20:24). (4) One would imagine the terror of this to make the doctrine of Divine grace welcome. "(From the Hindustani. But what will you do for pleasure when these are gone? (5)Joy (Psalm 4:6-7; 1 Peter 1:8).3. At last he began to descend, and while doing so he looked down. Anderson, LL. Herod heard John gladly, and the stony ground received the Word with joy.3. Some play us false; the truest leave us. Hake. A child if he have no affection for his book will never make a scholar. 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. was asked Melancthon on his deathbed. But how sad it is that the relations of the present are all which many recognize. Oh that we would remember this, and never tarry long on the ground lest the fowler ensnare us. (Bishop Beveridge. (2) We cannot depend on friend ships. (5) We shall never be zealous for God, for zeal is the heat of Divine love. They destroy while they please. 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. THE AFFECTIONS are —1. Therefore there is great difficulty in apportioning the regards towards these in due proportion. "Birds," says Manton, "are seldom taken in their flight; the more we are upon the wing of heavenly thoughts the more we escape snares." (4)Hope (Romans 5:2). Conclusion: Do you set your affections on things above?1. D.)The vital transferenceT. Because —(1) They are suitable for our affections (Psalm 17:15). 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. 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. 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. 2. (Bishop Lightfoot. Think of Byron, Sheridan, Burns, etc. That woman is not fit to be married to a man whose affections are not knit to him. 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. (2) We cannot depend on friend ships. (1) Where is the man who has been made happy by temporal success. 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. BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. How? That woman is not fit to be married to a man whose affections are not knit to him. Think if they were exhorted to such an utter indifference to their temporal interests as they indulge respecting their eternal ones. 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. (8) We shall not be safe from apostasy. "Set your affections," etc. (c)Brethren (Hebrews 2:11; Romans 8:29). (5)Joy (Psalm 4:6-7; 1 Peter 1:8).3. SUPPOSE TWO OBJECTS ADMITTED TO BE OF EQUAL VALUE PRESENTED THEMSELVES IN COMPETITION FOR OUR FAVOUR.1. (4)Hope (Romans 5:2). A MEASURE OF AFFECTION FOR THINGS ON EARTH IS LEGITIMATE. Both alike are guilty of the same fundamental error; both alike concentrate their thoughts on material, mundane things. )The heavenly inheritance preferredW. )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. 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. This is a hard thing to do: for it means to have a sympathy with that against which we had an antipathy; and to change our sympathies into antipathies, and vice versa, is no easy matter.2. Spurgeon. 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 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. 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. Exhortation. They will remember that magnetic rock that rose from the surface of the placid waters. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/colossians-3.html. 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. (6) We shall never do any great thing for God. (1) Where is the man who has been made happy by temporal success. HEAVENLY MINDED = EARTHLY GOOD! Let, then, the most depressing view of life be taken, it is soon over, and then the Christian is for ever with the Lord. SUPREME AFFECTION SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR THINGS ABOVE.1. Extremes meet. Consider if ye do set your affections on things below —(1)Ye cross God's end in giving them. Besides, if they had all that they profess, we cannot keep them. The Chinese Government twice offered him a fortune. 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. 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. (c)Upon the Scripture that leads to them (Psalm 1:2). 3. Men demean themselves, defraud, and lie for money, and think of nothing else. Affection is inevitably and justly set on health, near relatives, and as a matter concerning him and them, on his temporal condition. 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. Its intrinsic value would outweigh all adverse considerations. 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. As Paul wrote to the Colossians who were being besieged by false teachers, he challenged them to make progress in at least 5 areas that would help them withstand false teachers. Men demean themselves, defraud, and lie for money, and think of nothing else. They would seek them first, of their age, day, and competition; in youth, morning, and before all.6. 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. Its intrinsic value would outweigh all adverse considerations. Extremes meet. 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? The husks of this wilderness can never satisfy the hunger of the soul. (6) We shall never do any great thing for God. Turning my head to one side, my eyes focused on some blades of grass within inches of my face. You must have the whole of your uncertain life in health; you must be pure amidst temptations without grace; you must have uninterrupted business prosperity; a wife who shall prove a helpmeet although chosen under dubious circumstances, and children who shall love and honour you in spite of a godless education. Men demean themselves, defraud, and lie for money, and think of nothing else. Baxter.)Earthly-mindednessJ. A. Herod heard John gladly, and the stony ground received the Word with joy.3. "This light affliction."(T. In most cases this is a matter of prompt and unequivocal consciousness; but in this the best men find tests valuable. (Bishop Beveridge. H. (1) Our nature, composed of two kinds of being, places us in strict relation to two different economies. 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. First a man wants to make a living, then a competency, then a superfluity, then he wants more. (8) We shall not be safe from apostasy. (4) One would imagine the terror of this to make the doctrine of Divine grace welcome. Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth. (4) We shall never press much after the knowledge and enjoyment of heavenly things. When your pleasures end in horror, and go out like a taper, the pleasures of the saints are then at their best.(R. 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. Men demean themselves, defraud, and lie for money, and think of nothing else. Why are we to set our affections on things above? ‘True love must come from God Himself, Who is love. You who have chosen the earthly consider what a gambler's work you make of the pursuit of happiness. What, may we not at all affect the things of earth? And when the fated vessel drew so near that every bolt and clamp was unloosed, the whole structure of bulwark, mast, and spars tumbled into ruin on the sea, and the sleeping sailors awoke to their drowning agonies. Anderson, LL. The reason for David's great gift was his affection (1 Chronicles 29:3). (c)Pleasures (Psalm 16:11). By one we follow what is good and the other shun what is evil. OURS. Its intrinsic value would outweigh all adverse considerations. And further, this is the only way of finding satisfaction in earthly things, and without that satisfaction they are worthless.2. "Birds," says Manton, "are seldom taken in their flight; the more we are upon the wing of heavenly thoughts the more we escape snares." (Bishop Lightfoot. (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. (2) We cannot depend on friend ships. De Witt Talmage, D. D.)The antidote to asceticism and sensualismBishop Lightfoot.You must not only seek heaven; you must also think heaven. 2. τὰ ἄνω φρονεῖτε. THE AFFECTIONS are —1. A. Colossians 3:2: The Antidote to Asceticism and Sensualism: Bishop Lightfoot. Sin is mortified by the contrary good; the joy and grief of the world by spiritual joy and grief. But this is not so. THESE AFFECTIONS ARE NOT TO BE SET ON THINGS UPON EARTH (Psalm 62:10).1. Under its enchanting spell bolt after bolt of good resolution, clamp after clamp of Christian obligation, are stealthily drawn out. Earthly things are only at best a temporary convenience; but without the heavenly a man perishes for ever. They would be often speaking of them, and would love to hear others (Psalm 45:1).7. When your pleasures end in horror, and go out like a taper, the pleasures of the saints are then at their best.(R. Both alike are guilty of the same fundamental error; both alike concentrate their thoughts on material, mundane things. (3)Desire (Psalm 73:25; Philippians 1:23). Men demean themselves, defraud, and lie for money, and think of nothing else. 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. So they are the movings of the soul whereby the heart is sensibly carried out upon what is good or evil.3. Uses:1. (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. Colossians 3:2. Think of Byron, Sheridan, Burns, etc. We ought to do so. When I reached the top, I stretched out on the grass to relax. (7) We shall never please God in anything we do (Romans 12:11). AFFECTION IS THE GOING OUT OF THE SOUL TOWARD OBJECTS WITHIN ITS VIEW.1. And as it is sensibly carried out towards, so it must embrace the same. 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. 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. The reason for David's great gift was his affection (1 Chronicles 29:3). Up from the weedy ditches and briery hedges of the world into the clear atmosphere of heaven. And when the Jews were affected against Paul they "were moved with envy.2. (5) We shall never be zealous for God, for zeal is the heat of Divine love. (4) One would imagine the terror of this to make the doctrine of Divine grace welcome. H. First a man wants to make a living, then a competency, then a superfluity, then he wants more. (1) Our thoughts (Philippians 4:8). Bridge, M. They would be often speaking of them, and would love to hear others (Psalm 45:1).7. Herod heard John gladly, and the stony ground received the Word with joy.3. The dervish noticed this, and remarked, "That honey-dish is like the world, and the honey like its pleasures. THE FOLLY OF SETTING OUR AFFECTIONS ON THINGS ON THE EARTH.1.