476 THE EXPECTATIO OF THE CHRISTIA.ow let us, in the first place, inquire, what is the Expectation op theChristian. The Psalmist will tell us what it is in Psalm Ixii. : " My soul,wait thou only upon God ; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock anil my salvation." If then, my dear bretliren, your expectation ever has beenfrom the preacher, or the place, or the sermon, or the book, apart from God, itshall be cut off: if our expectations in religion are to be realized, they must everyone of them centre in God.Let me remark to you, then, that the real Christian is in expectation of threethino's. He is in expectation, first, of the enjoyment which true believers have :he is in expectation, secondly, of the rich treasures which true believers possess :and he is in expectation, thirdly, of the free, the full, and the eternal salvationto which true believers are entitled. These are the three sources of his expecta-tion ; let us just glance at these.He is, in the first place, in expectation of the enjoyment ivhich true believerspossess. And these arise out of a sense of forgiveness, a humble assurancethat God has blotted out their sins, and sees them righteous in the merits of hisSon ; aye, and sees them as righteous as he sees his Son. In the hearing of someof you, that may seem to be a strange and strong remark ; but I beseech youto consider it, and examine whether it be a true or a false one. If I stand in thepresence of God in my own righteousness, I am not as innocent and righteousas his Son; but if I stand (and every believer must stand) in the righteousnessof his Son, I see not how God can look on me otherwise than as righteous ashis Son, because there is nothing in me but in his Son. If he looks at me inmyself, he sees nothing but pollution, and guilt, and misery ; but when he looksat me, 1 cast aside all my self-righteousness, and by faith I put on the garmentof salvation, that rich mantle of righteousness which my Lord wrought outfor me; and I sit down fearlessly in that marriage supper of the Lamb: Godnever can say to me, "Friend, how camest thou in hither?" He sees me in hisonly beloved Son, and he accepts me in the Beloved, not in myself. This thenis the nature of the blessing and privileges wliich believers enjoy.Then they have also not only this freedom of pardon and this justifyingrighteousness, but they have adoption privileges. I need not tell you what theyare. We are not naturally children of God, we are children of wrath: but webecome his children by a second birth : a spiritual birth, passing upon our cha-racters, nuikes us children of God. lliis second birth admits us into his family ;not merely into his house, and not merely as servants and domestics, but assons. We have liberty of access to the table of the Master ; we are fed withthe finest of the wheat flour ; we sit down with him, we are fed from his hands ;we have liberty of access at all times to the presence chamber of our Father whois in heaven. 'J'licse are the enjoyments that the believing, penitent, humblesoul is in expectcition of.