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All Things Are Yours.

All Things Are Yours.

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"All things are yours." — i Cor. hi, 21.

"All things are yours." — i Cor. hi, 21.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Apr 04, 2014
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ALL THIGS ARE YOURS. REV. WILLIAM McK. HESTER, D. D., "All things are yours." — i Cor. hi, 21. The: Bible is full of promises to the children of God. These promises have reference both to the life which now is and to that which is to come. They are abundant, rich, and full. So abundant are they that they can not be numbered; so rich are they that they excite our wonder; so full are they that they stagger our belief in their fulfillment. Take, for instance, the promise in regard to the things of this life: "All things work together for good to them that love and serve God." Though this is the language of an inspired apostle, how often do we doubt the correctness of his word! As we look back over the past, we imagine that we can enumerate many things that were not for our good. When we survey our present surroundings how many "things'' there are that seem to us possible to be changed for our good ! We often entertain the thought that had we the creation of our own en- vironments, had we the control of the events of our lives, we could make many of them much more con- ducive to our own good, much more efficient in pro- moting our own happiness. Then, take that other 24 Au, Things Are Yours. 25 promise: "Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the
things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen ; for the things which are seen are tem- poral, but the things which are not seen are eternal." How ready is unbelief to ask, "How can afflictions in time be for our good in eternity? How can the pains of the body here increase the joys of the soul there? How can the sufferings, the disappoint- ments, and the separations of this life enhance the glory of the life to come?" And, instead of meet- ings life's battles bravely and enduring its burdens and sorrows joyfully, we often murmur and com- plain of the lot that is ours. Take, again, the rich promise implied in the text, "All things are yours !" all things are helpful in the Divine life. "How can this be?" the doubting heart replies; and at once it is ready to reject the blessed assurance given. Indeed, the more abundant the promises, the richer and fuller that they may be, the more ready is the human heart to shrink back into the fog of unbe- lief, and willingly entertain doubts of their fulfill- ment. It is far better and more reasonable for us with faith to accept them in all their richness, and zealously perform all the conditions of their fulfill- ment; far better is it, without doubting, to receive them as Divine truth, as the legacy left us by the Spirit of God Himself. Paul does not claim for God's children, in the words of the text, the right of possession of all prop- 26 The Life of Faith. erty. He does not set up a title-deed to all the broad acres of earth, or refer to the supreme control of its gold and silver, or its flocks and herds. He is speaking of that which is of more importance to the Christian than ownership of lands or mines of pre- cious metals, or positions of earthly honor. And
yet, if permitted to turn aside for a moment from the important theme upon which he dwells, it would be safe to predict the coming of the time when even the material things of this world will belong to the children of God. The inspired prophet distinctly declares, "The saints shall inherit the earth." The good time is coming when the fertile fields of earth, the productive mines of gold and silver, the high offices of honor and trust, and "the cattle upon a thousand hills" shall belong to the saints of God; when this earth shall be under their sway, and "all things" shall be theirs. But the apostle is here pre- senting a richer thought. He is teaching a more im- portant lesson. "All things are yours," he asserts in reference to helps in the Divine life. All things are yours as means of grace to assist in serving God ; all things are yours to enable you to overcome the world and to make heaven your eternal home. He reproves the partisan spirit which was man- ifested in the Church at Corinth. Divisions and dis- sensions were springing up there that threatened great harm to the cause of Christ in that city. Dis- cussions as to the personal superiority of the dif- ferent apostles had become prevalent. Diverse opinions were held as to who should be chosen to All Things Ari; Yours. 27 administer there the truths of the Gospel. They were divided as to who should be their teacher in holy things, as to who should be the chief apostle of their Church. There was one party for Paul, another for Peter, and still another for Apollos. One party insisted that Paul, the great apostle to the Gentiles, who planted the Church at Corinth and had been instrumental in the conversion of its mem- bers, should be chosen ; and none put Paul would do.

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