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The Privileges of God's Children.

The Privileges of God's Children.

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1 John", hi. 2. — "Beloved, now are ive the sons of God; and it
doth not yet appear what we shall be, but toe know that ivhen He shall
appear, toe shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is."

1 John", hi. 2. — "Beloved, now are ive the sons of God; and it
doth not yet appear what we shall be, but toe know that ivhen He shall
appear, toe shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is."

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THE PRIVILEGES OF GOD'S CHILDRE. BY REV. CHARLES SIMEO, Rom. viii. 17. Jf children, then heirs; heirs of God, afid joint - heirs with Christ : if so be ive suffer ivith him, that we may be also glorified togethe): THERE are many high-sounding titles among men, which are no otherwise profitable to the pos- sessors of them, than as they please their fancy, and gratify their pride. But the honourable appellations given to the true Christian, are connected with real and substantial benefits, which every one who is counted worthy of them shall infallibly enjoy. Be- lievers are called in Scripture, '* Children of God." ow 925.] PllIVILEGES OF cod's CHILDRE'. 121 ow this name is not a mere Hebraism, or figure of speech pecuhar to Scripture : for though it is true that the Scriptures speak of childrer* of promise, child- ren of disobedience, children of the curse, importing only that the persons so called are of such or such a character; yet the term " Children of God" is of a more determinate meaning: it imports a relation to God as a Father ; and includes all that is compre- hended in that relation. Hence the Apostle, having spoken of Believers under this term, immediately draws this inference from it ; " If children, then heirs ; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ." In considering- these words, we shall set before you, I, The privileges of Believers —
It is here taken for granted, that Believers are Children of God : we therefore pass over that, and notice only the privileges attached to that relation. And here we find them, 1 . Briefly stated — [We know what is usually understood by the term ** heir." An heir is one who has a title to an estate, not as having earned or merited it, but simply by right of primo- geniture. He comes to the full possession of it as soon as he is of age ; and in the mean time he is supported out of it agreeably to the rank of life he is hereafter to sustain. ow from hence we may see what is" implied in the term, when applied to the Children of God. They have a claim to heaven itself as their inheritance ^ But their right does not at all arise from any thing they have done to deserve or pur- chase it: it is founded solely on their having been born of God through the operations of the Holy Spirit upon their souls'*. They come to the full possession of it at the time appointed of the Father : but, while they continue minors, they are educated, and maintained, in a manner suited to their high and heavenly birtli : they have the Holy Ghost himself for their teacher '^ ; they have manna from heaven, even " angels* food," for their support '^ ; they have the garments of salvation for their clothing*"; and angels for their attendants to minister unto them^ In some respects indeed the parallel does not hold : for, amongst • 1 Pet. i. 3, 4. '' John i. 13. • 1 John ii. 27. * John vi. 53 — 55* Ps. Ixxviii. 25. • Isai. Ixi. 10. ' Heb. i. U.
122 ROMAS, 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"^.

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