A Treatise on Heavenly Mindedness by Thomas Jollie (1629-1703)
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Thomas Jollie (1629-1703) was a zealous puritan preacher with superior abilities, an active spirit, and humble disposition. He was held in high esteem and influence in the churches of Christ, which he directed to the general good and the glory of God.
Few of Jollie’s works survive today. This puritan gem on heavenly mindedness is exceedingly rich with Scripture, and dripping with praise to Jesus Christ. Jollie covers in this work the primary doctrine that, “the saints’ holy calling out of the world, and their afflicted condition in it is, that they are heavenly both in profession and practice.” His text is Hebrews 11:16, “…they desire a better country.” He shows that it is the good pleasure of God to appoint this course for his saints though their lives might be filled with suffering and affliction.
Jollie teaches that Christians should learn this duty: that we freely subscribe and faithfully hold steadfast to God, no matter what our condition may be, and that we ought to drink down this bitter cup, knowing God will supply the needed grace.
There is no Christian that has ever lived that has been removed from suffering or affliction in their life. Such a view supposes that manifold dangers and necessities, temptations and tribulations, attend the people of God in this world. But with the Lord is plenteous redemption. Knowing this, we should keep in mind that it is the good pleasure of God to work all good to his people in such a way and manner as may be, “to the praise of the glory of his grace.”
This work is not a scan or facsimile, has been carefully transcribed by hand being made easy to read in modern English, and has an active table of contents for electronic versions.