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In Ephef. i. 11. The Apostle speaking of Christ, says, In whom also we have obtained an Inberitance : Not the actual Possession of it, but a Title to it.
In Colof. iii. 24. He fays to the Saints, Knowing that of the Lord, ye shall receive the Reward of the Inheritance, for ye serve the Lord Christ. Which Words shew, that the Inheritance was not then in the Poffeffion of the Saints, but that they shall surely have it in due Time: And likewise it will be given them as a Reward, although they deserve nothing. A Reward it will be, not of Debt but of Grace, the free Gift of God.
The Inheritance (so much spoken of in the Holy Scriptures,) is not to be possessed in this World; but serious Christians should pray for it, and hope for it, and bless God, that they have in themselves the Earnest of it.
The Apostle says, to the Saints at Ephesus, After that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of Promise, which is the Earnest of our Inheritance, until the Redemption of the purchased Polefron, unto the Praise of bis Glory. Ephe. i. 13, 14.
All sincere Christians have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them, and his Indwelling may be known to their Consciences, by observing his Fruits in their Souls; and this Indwelling of the Holy Spirit is an Earnest, that they shall hereafter be put into the Possession of the promised Inheritance.
It is a glorious Inheritance; but it cannot be enjoyed on Earth, No; it is reserved in Heaven for them: And at the Day of Judgment Christ will say unto them, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the Foundatión of the World. Mat. xx. 34.
Christ (when fitting upon his Throne of Judgment,) will say to the Sheep on his right Hand,
(that is, to all the Saints,) Come ye Blessed.
in. herit the Kingdom prepared for you; (which implies,) that a Kingdom is the Inheritance preparde for them.
In Luke xii. 32. Christ says to his Disciples, to those who believed on him, Fear not little Flock, for it is your Father's good Pleasure to give you the Kingdom. Not immediately, but at the Day of Judgment ; when Christ Thall say to them, Come, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you.
The Apostle James says, Hearken my beloved Brethren, hath not God chosen the Poor of this World, rich in Faith, and Heirs of the Kingdom, which God hath promijed to them that love him. James ii. 6.
And suitable to such an Inheritance, it is foretold, that they shall have a Crown; for 2 Tim. iv. 8. The Apostle says, Henceforth there is laid up for me, a Crown of Righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will give me at that Day, (the Day of Judgment,) and not to me only, but unto all ihem also that love his appearing.
In Rev. ii. 10. Christ says, Be thou faithful unto Death, and I will give thee a Crown of Life.
In James i. 12. It is said, Blessed is the Man that endureth Temptation, for when he is tried, be mall receive a Crown of Life, which the Lord hath promised to (all) them that love him.
It is also predicted, that the Saints shall reign in Life, in Rom. v. 17. Where the Apostle says, For if by cne Man's Offence, Death reigned by one, much more they which receive abundance of Grace, and the Gift of Righteousness, fall reign in Life by one Jesus Christ.
In Rev. xxii. 5. It is said, They shall reign for ever and ever. That is, in the new Jerusalem, See the Context.
In Heb. xii. 28. The Apostle speaking in the Name of all true Believers, says, Wberefore we receiving (the Promise of ) a Kingdom, which can. not be moved, let us have Grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with Reverence, and God'y Fear.
From these Predictions it evidently appears, that all true Believers at the Day of Judgment, will receive from Christ their faithful Redeemer, and righteous Judge, an Inheritance; an Inheritance that fadeth not away; a Kingdom that shall not be moved, and a Crown of Righteousness, a Crown of Life, and shall reign in Life by our Lord Jesus Christ.
But who can describe the glorious Inheritance ? Who can give an Account of the Nature, and Extent of ihe Kingdom which the Saints shall hereafter poffess?
A Crown is a Sort of Cap, constructed with Jewels, and other costly Materials, which is fet on the Heads of Kings, as a Badge or Sign of Majesty, Authority and Power : But the Crowns that will be given to the Heirs of God, when they shall receive the Kingdom prepared for them, will be no such material Ornament: But they will have Crowns more excellent and glorious : But who can explain them?
The Holy Scriptures have not unfolded these Things. Things of transcendent Value and Glory. Eye hath not seen them, nor hath the Ear heard
Revelation from God, what they are ; nor is it possible for human Minds to form any certain Ideas of them.
We cannot live by Sight, we must live by Faith: The Things which God hath prepared for them that love him, are far more excellent, than can be expreffed by the Words Inberitance, a Kingdom, and a Crown. But while we remain in this World, chey remain under a Veil. Never
theless they are proposed to us as Objects of our Desire and Hope, and we should be preparing, and praying, and hoping for them.
But although the future Happiness of the Saints does in Part remain a Mystery, yet there is so much of it revealed in the Holy Scriptures, as may well make us astonished at the Riches of the divine Goodness, and as may excite in us earneft Longings to be Partakers of them. We that believe in Christ, have in Possession,
now while we are passing through the Wilderness of this World, much to rejoice in, and comfort our Souls. For we have an Almighty and a most loving Saviour, a faithful Redeemer, who will keep what we have committed to him. - We have an Interest in all the Promises of the Gospel : Many and precious Promises, which are yea, and amen, sure and certain in Christ Jesus. We have God for our Father, and are made his Children and Heirs.
The Lord is my Portion saith my Soul, therefore will I hope in him. Lament. iii. 24.
O how many joyous Predictions concerning the Saints, do we find in the Word of God ? They shall have Treasures in Heaven, as we may conclude from Christ's saying to the Multitude, who heard his Sermon on the Mount, Mar. vi. 19, 20. Lay not up for yourselves Treasures upon Earth, where Moth, and Rust doth corrupt, and where Thieves break thrcugh and steal : But lay up for yourfelves Treasures in Heaven, where neither Moth, nor Rust doth corrupt, and where Thieves do not break through, nor steal.
The Instruction of our Saviour in these Words, import, that there are Treasures in Heaven, and a Prediction, that they who diligently use che Means shall obtain them.
It is also predicted, that the Saints shall judge the World, and judge Angels: In 1 Cor. vi. 2, 3. Where the Apostle says to the Church of God at Corinth, to chern that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, (chap. I. ver. 2.) Do ye not know, that the Saints shall judge the Wirld? - Know ye not that we Mall judge Angels ?
These Interrogations imply, that there was a Prediction, that the Saints shall judge the World, and judge Angels: And that the Truth predicted, was well known to the Christians at Corinth.
I do not pretend to explain the Things predicted, but observe, that they imply great Honour and Glory, intended for the Saints,
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