Morning & Evening Devotional Reading–
January 30– Evening
by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and edited by W. C. Neff
“In (Christ) we have obtained an inheritance.”
When Jesus gave himself for us, he gave us all the rights and privileges which came with himself. As the eternal God, he has essential rights to which no creature may venture to pretend. Yet, as the Mediator, the federal head of the covenant of grace, he owns no heritage that he doesn’t share with us. All the glorious consequences of his obedience unto death are the joint riches of all who belong to him.
When Jesus entered into glory, he did not do so for himself alone. It is written, “Look where our Forerunner has entered for us.” (Heb 6:20). Does he stand in the presence of God? “He appears in the presence of God for us.” (Heb. 9:24). Consider this, believer. You have no right to heaven in yourself: your right lies in Christ. If you are pardoned from sin, it is through his blood; if you are declared righteous, it is through his righteousness. And in the future, if you will be kept from falling, it will be because you are preserved in Christ Jesus; and, when you are perfected at last, it will be because you are complete in him.
Jesus is to be magnified, for all is in him and by him. The inheritance is made certain to us because it is obtained in him. Blessing is sweeter and heaven itself is brighter because it is “in Christ” that we have obtained all.
Where is the man who will estimate the value of our divine inheritance? Weigh the riches of Christ on scales and his treasure on balances, and then you will know the treasures which belong to his saints. Reach the bottom of Christ’s sea of joy, and then you will understand the bliss which God has prepared for them that love him. Survey the boundaries of Christ’s possessions if you wish to find a limit to the inheritance of his elect. “All things are yours, for you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.” [M&E]