“Joint heirs with
Christ.” — Romans 8:17
realms of His Father’s universe are Christ’s by prescriptive right. As
“heir of all things,” He is the sole proprietor of the vast creation
of God, and He has admitted us to claim the whole as ours, by virtue of that
deed of joint-heir-ship which the Lord hath ratified with His chosen people.
The golden streets of paradise, the pearly gates, the river of life, the
transcendent bliss, and the unutterable glory, are, by our blessed Lord, made
over to us for our everlasting possession. All that He has He shares with His
people. The crown royal He has placed upon the head of His Church, appointing
her a kingdom, and calling her sons a royal priesthood, a generation of priests
and kings. He uncrowned Himself that we might have a coronation of glory; He
would not sit upon His own throne until He had procured a place upon it for all
who overcome by His blood. Crown the head and the whole body shares the honour.
Behold here the reward of every Christian conqueror! Christ’s throne, crown,
sceptre, palace, treasure, robes, heritage, are yours. Far superior to the
jealousy, selfishness, and greed, which admit of no participation of their
advantages, Christ deems His happiness completed by His people sharing it.
“The glory which thou gavest me have I given them.” “These
things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your
joy might be full.” The smiles of His Father are all the sweeter to Him,
because His people share them. The honours of His kingdom are more pleasing,
because His people appear with Him in glory. More valuable to Him are His
conquests, since they have taught His people to overcome. He delights in His
throne, because on it there is a place for them. He rejoices in His royal
robes, since over them His skirts are spread. He delights the more in His joy,
because He calls them to enter into it.