For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Verse 29 of Galatians chapter 3 calls the children of God “heirs according to the promise.” This divine promise has always been the chief inheritance of the people of God. Their earthly state can be nothing but inferior, limited, and unsatisfying; their hearts constantly desiring something beyond the earth. Accordingly, they have always held the divine promise as their comfort and most prized possession. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all of the Old Testament saints looking forward, not having received the promises in their fulfillment, are heirs together of the same promise with us. The great promise to them was that of a Savior and it is ours as well – a Savior to us who is salvation – a personal Savior – who in proper time was born to be the man Jesus Christ. The possessions of man consist of his attainments and his expectations. A Christian’s earthly attainments are very little; however, it is his expectations which constitute his main and most important wealth. These are divine promises of which you have become an heir! We are all partakers of the same great and precious promises. For the accomplishment of these, we wait, and look, and labor.
Are you an heir according to the promise? This week meditate upon your inheritance very carefully. Consider first, that it is all of grace; as such secondly, your condition is a sure one, which should fill you with an overflowing joy. Thirdly, consider that your state is a most exalted one; you are seated in heavenly places, so you ought to be holy. Lastly set your affections upon your sure inheritance looking forward to the day of its consummation in faith. Take to heart the four traits just mentioned – grace, joy, holiness, and faith; are these traits distinctive in your life?
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