122 ROMAS, vrii. 17. [925^ amongst men, the eldest only is the heir, and the younger have smaller portions allotted to them : but, of the Children of God, every one has an equal right to the whole inheritance. Besides, the heirs of men may die, or be defrauded of their inheritance : but the Children of God have their inheritance reserved for them; and they are kept for it^. Moreover, the heirs of men retain their possessions but a little time, and lose them entirely at death : but the Children of God come to tiie full enjoyment of their inheritance, when they die ; and then possess it for ever and ever.] 2. Strongly amplified — [When the Apostle says, " heirs ; heirs of God," he does not intend merely to repeat the idea, but to enlarge and am- })lify it by a very important addition. The children of men, though denominated heirs of such or such a person, can only inherit the svibstance belonging to that person : but the Child- ren of God inherit all that God lias, and, if we may so speak, all that he is. To them belong " ail things,'' whether present or future, whether temporal or eternal ^ To them belong also all the perfections of the Deity, so far at least as they need to have them exercised for their good in this world, and for their happiness in the next : they can say with David, " The Lord himself is the portion of mine inheritance '." Further light is thrown upon this subject by the additional expression, "joint-heirs with Christ." Christ is the Lord and *^ Heir of all things''." But " he is not ashamed to call us brethren'." By virtue of this relation to him, we are par- takers of all that he inherits. Has " his Father appointed unto him a kingdom? Such is appointed to us" also™. Has his Father called him ,to a throne ? We also are seated on it tooether with him". Does he, agreeably to his Father's will, possess a glory and felicity infinitely surpassing our highest conceptions ? The same also is given to us for our everlasting portion"^.