Heirs…

Thomas Manton on James 2:5…

Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

“All God’s people are heirs; they are heirs, they are but heirs. They are heirs; that cometh to them by virtue of their sonship: Rom. vvvi. 17. ‘If children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ.’ Jesus Christ was the natural son and the natural heir; and we, being adopted sons, are adopted heirs. He is called, Heb. i. 2, ‘the heir of all things;’ and he hath invested us with his own privileges. Do but consider what an heir a child of God is, one that is received into the same privileges with Christ; and therefore the apostle saith, he is a ‘joint-heir.’ In a spiritual manner, and as we are capable, we shall possess the same glory that Christ doth. Again, they are heirs whose right is indefeasible. Men may appoint heirs, and alter their purpose, espceically concerning adopted heirs; but God never changeth. In assurance of it we have earnest, 2 Cor. i. 22, and we have first-fruits to show how good our inheritance is; a taste how good and a pledge how sure.”

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