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The Christians Heritage.

The Christians Heritage.

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BY MELANCTHON W. JACOBUS, D.D., LL.U.

" For all things are yours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas,
or the World, or Life, or Death, or things present, or things to come;
all are yours; and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's." — I CoR.
iii. 21-23.
BY MELANCTHON W. JACOBUS, D.D., LL.U.

" For all things are yours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas,
or the World, or Life, or Death, or things present, or things to come;
all are yours; and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's." — I CoR.
iii. 21-23.

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THE CHRISTIAS HERITAGE.BY MELACTHO W. JACOBUS, D.D., LL.U." For all things are yours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas,or the World, or Life, or Death, or things present, or things to come;all are yours; and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's." — I CoR.iii. 21-23.The apostle here takes an inventory of the be-liever's possessions, it' so be he may tempt him totlie enjoyment of the Christian's heritage. It isgiven in large figures. It is based on calculationswhich the world do not understand. It will seemto the uninitiated to be visionary; like those w41dreckonings, which are only on jjaper, and are notsustained by the facts. But it is as if a man hadbeen notified of immense estates, bequeathed tohim beyond the seas, from a long-forgotten rela-tive. And the man himself is slow to believe itall — has not even faith enough in the good newsto go and take possession, or even to enter hisclaim. And so the Christian, by the death of hisKinsman Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, has be-come heir to a patrimony in two worlds, whichtranscends all our arithmetic.How seldom do we think of the term Testament,as a legacy, and a legacy to you and me. It is2 THE christian's HERITAGE.not often noticed, liow this Gospel announcementis made as a 'preface to the Decalogue^ and must beread and received before any one of the command-ments can be understood or obeyed — "I am theLord thy God—ih?it have hrouglit thee out of theland of Egypt, and out of tlie house of bondage."
 
"Thou shalt have no other gods before me."The apostle reaches his point in the text byexhorting these Corinthians against their narrow jealousies, which divided their Christian interests.He advances the large idea, that instead of boast-ing ourselves against each other, as to our Chris-tian privileges, we ought rather to be sharers ineach other's joy. For this Cliristian treasure thatwe have in the cliurch and the ministry, is notsuch as is reduced by others sharing it. It is likethe lights which is its scriptural emblem. It be-comes brighter all around, by others lighting theirtorches from it. Therefore all that we have fromChrist is ours — and all that our brethren have fromChrist may be enjoyed as ours also, if we will onlyenter into their joy. Just as, even in worldly prop-erty, where the mine and the thine are so distinctlypressed, I may enter into the joy of my neighbor,and may share his possessions, by looking outupon his gardens and groves, and getting the com-fort of them, without the care of their keeping.Just as I may even enjoy his happiness, as asharer with him in all that blesses his lot, if Ihave only the large-heartedness to "rejoice withthem that do rejoice."I remember just such a man on Brooklyn Heights,THE christian's HERITAGE. 3looking out daily from his window upon that bean-tifiil bay, with its fairy scenes ; and he used oftento say to me, " I Avould not take a thousand dollarsfor my interest in Governor's Island." He made itdaily his own, by roaming over it with liis eye,and feeling all the charm of it, as an appendageof his grounds, and it was quite as though he had
 
the title deed for it, only without the taxes andthe care. For no one could carry it away from itslovely seat in the bosom of that glorious water,and no one could shut it out from his view. Andtherefore, though the government owned it for anarsenal grounds, it was his for all his better pur-pose of enchanting scenery.There are three couplets here — under which theall things are grouped.The Church and the World; Life and Death;The Present and the Future.The first item in the Christian's inventory is — that the Christian ministry is yours. Paul, Apollos,Cephas — they all belong to the believer. "Forwho is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministersby whom ye believed ? " What is their function,but to instruct, guide, and comfort you — to pro-claim to you the Gospel message, and to help youon to glory ? * ot alone your own pastor, noralone the ministers of your own denominationeven, whom you have cherished and boasted; butothers also, and the whole company of them, areyours for Christian service, and yours as boundup with you in the same great interest, which youand they together represent. They belong to you,4 THE CHRISTIAS HERITAGE.as they do not to the outside world, who w^ill havenone of their care and guidance. They belong toyou as the shepherd belongs to the flock — as theteacher belongs to the school. They are not yoursto set up one against another — not to criticise, andto neglect, and to condemn. But they are all yourswith their respective gifts and qualities, to profit

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