[This second set of questions is to help in reading John Owen’s treatise on Spiritual Mindedness. These are based on Part 1, chapter 2 and chapter 3 and chapter 4, accessible at the links highlighted.]
Q8 How is spiritual mindedness evidenced in our thoughts?
We can measure the character of our thoughts best by examining what we like to think about naturally and voluntarily. Are they as a spring of living water bubbling up naturally with that which is spiritual? (Ps 45:1; Jn 4:10).
Q9 What evidences are not sufficient proof of spiritual mindedness?
It is not sufficient proof that we are frequently engaged in spiritual duties even though we may have some giftedness in them. Neither is time spent thinking and talking about spiritual subjects sufficient proof if there is no discernible spiritual benefit arising from it.
Q10 What discernable spiritual effects should we expect in these things?
Real spiritual delight in communion with God, humility, watchfulness, growth in grace and practical duty.
Q11 How do we know when thoughts of spiritual things come from a true spiritual principle and inclination?
When our minds are filled with them in abundance, for where our treasure is there will our heart be also.