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Christ in Glory, The Object of Hope.

Christ in Glory, The Object of Hope.

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REV. WILLIAM HASLAM, M.A.,


" Our conversation is in heaven ; from whence also we
look for the Saviour^ the Lord Jesus Christ :

" Who shall change our vile body, that it may be
fashioned like unto his glorious body^ according to
the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things .
unto himself r — Phil. iii. 20-21.
REV. WILLIAM HASLAM, M.A.,


" Our conversation is in heaven ; from whence also we
look for the Saviour^ the Lord Jesus Christ :

" Who shall change our vile body, that it may be
fashioned like unto his glorious body^ according to
the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things .
unto himself r — Phil. iii. 20-21.

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CHRIST I GLORY, THE OBJECT OF HOPE.REV. WILLIAM HASLAM, M.A.," Our conversation is in heaven ; from whence also welook for the Saviour^ the Lord Jesus Christ :" Who shall change our vile body, that it may befashioned like unto his glorious body^ according tothe working whereby he is able even to subdue all things .unto himself r — Phil. iii. 20-21.| these words the apostle contrasts the characterand standing of the real with the false Christian,about whom he says, " Many walk of whom Ihave told you often, and now tell you even weeping, thatthey are the enemies of the cross of Christ : whose endis destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose gloryis in their shame, who mind earthly things." These, itwould appear,, were either Jews who had renouncedJudaism, or Gentiles who had turned from idolatry, and,it may be, at much sacrifice, and in the face of muchpersecution, had adopted Christianity, and come to walk with real believers, while their hearts were still unchangedby the Spirit. They were citizens of earth still, and theywere minding, however conscientiously, earthly things.78 CHRIST I GLORY, THE OBJECT OF HOPE.or things about religion ; but they were not citizens of heaven; they had not, by a new spiritual birth fromabove, been adopted into God's family, therefore theywere enemies and not friends of the cross, and their endwas destruction.But how different is the case of those who are realbelievers. Faith is associated inseparably with hope. If we have been justified by faith, we have peace with Godand acceptance. Also we rejoice in the hope of the gloryof God ; that is to say, if God has saved our souls. He willalso raise and glorify our bodies ; for whom He justifies,He also glorifies. The believer's hope, then, is *sure andcertain; and how could it be more fully, simply, and
 
definitely stated than by the text at the head of this chap-ter ? The apostle does not expect or look to die and go toheaven, for he has not yet been told that he is to die; buthe is expressly told to wait and look for the Lord'scoming. ot to be taken to the heaven where Jesus theSaviour now is at the right hand of God, but to expect thesame Lord Jesus to come from heaven, from His Father'sthrone, to sit on His own throne ; and when He does this,to gather His saints together imto Him — the one familyin heaven and earth named after Himself — ^those whosleep will He waken, and thos^ who are alive will Hechange, anti so shall they be for ever in a glorified state.St. Paul describes the real Christian as one who is lookingfor a changed body, because he has received the changedheart. The one hangs on the other, as surely as an inhe-ritance waits for the heir. If it is good and right for himto look well into his title-deeds, and the testament of hisfather, how much more is it good for us to look into theWord of prophecy. True, the prophecies tell us more thanTHE believer's HOPE. 79concern ourselves, but they do not tell of more than con-cerns Christ, and if we are one with Him now, and are tobe partakers of His glory and His throne hereafter, boneof His bone, flesh of His flesh, the very fulness of Christ,(Eph. i. 23), we may well say they do somewhat concernus ; and more, they concern the exaltation of One whomwe love more than ourselves. The apostle Peter (2 St. Pet-eri. 19) tells us, "We have a more sure word of prophecy,"more sure than was the Transfiguration of which he was aneye-witness ; not that he doubted that, but he means thatthe Word of God is surer and more to be relied on thanour experience, and he says we shall do well to take heedto it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the daydawn, and the day-star arise in our hearts — ^that is, untilChrist, who is the object of our faith, shall also become theobject of our hope, that we might be filled with joy andpeace in believing, and abound in hope through the powerof the Holy Ghost.The word of prophecy is as . essential for the glory of God as is the word of faith which we preach ; and it isgiven by inspiration of God, as well as the other, to revealto us things which are present before the mind of God
 
now, though they are future to us. Thje revelation of prophetic events is intended to be received in the samesimple, and childlike way as other words of God, andthey also are intended, not exclusively for the scholar orthe student of history, but for all who will believe andreceive them. We are apt to regard prophecy as a difficultand perplexing subject; but is not this so because wecome to the study of it with traditions of men or pre-conceived ideas ? In this respect it is with us as it waswith the disciples of our Lord ; their minds were occupied8o CHRIST I GLORY, THE OBJECT OF HOPE.with a theory that the Lord was then come as the Son of David to restore the kingdom to Israel and to reign,therefore they could not receive or understand the simplewords of grace and gospel revelation which the Lord wascontinually teaching.Remember that remarkable occasion when He was set-ting before His disciples the solemn fact of His approach-ing cross and passion. He began to teach them that theSon of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests and scribes, and bekilled, and after three days to rise again. He spake thatsaying openly, and Peter took Him and began to re-buke Him ; for Peter could not graft these things into histheory, they seemed rather to subvert it, and destroy thesecret hope he was cherishing in his bosom. So it is withus; we have traditions and theories, which have grownwith our growth, and strengthened with our years, andwhen we read of the Lord's coming to reign in this world,we cannot understand how this agrees with the " Day of Doom;" or when we read of the world becoming worseand worse, as it was in the days of oah, we cannot makeout how this can be, if we have some hope of convertingthe world by the gospel. It is not fair to any subjectto approach it with preconceived ideas. Strange to say,the thing that hindered the disciples from receiving, aswe do, the first coming of the Lord, was the secondcoming ; and the thing that hinders many Christians fromreceiving the second coming is the first coming. TheScripture tells us that He came the first time to put awaysin by the sacrifice of Himself, and He will come againthe second time without sin unto salvation ; but we too

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