‘to inherit the kingdom he promised to those who love him’ (James 2:5)
He raised the poor from the dust, and the beggar from the scrapheap; such were we by nature, but through rich grace we shall inherit the throne of glory. He has prepared for us, promised to us, and will bestow upon us a KINGDOM…
A kingdom in which His glory will be seen, felt, and enjoyed for ever; in which all His riches of grace, mercy, and glory will be displayed; in which peace, joy, and pleasure will eternally reign. A kingdom which cannot be moved, and will never know a change.
But who are the acknowledged heirs? The poor of this world, those who are poor in spirit. The rich in faith, who believe in God, in Jesus, who exercise faith on the precious promises, and whose faith is proved to be good by the works they produce. Those who love God from a knowledge of His love to them, and as the effect of His love being shed abroad in their hearts, by the Holy Spirit.
Am I an heir? Are you, my friend? If so, rejoice and be exceedingly glad; imitate those who through faith and patience now inherit the promises, and the end will crown the whole.
There shall your eyes with rapture view
The glorious Friend who died for you;
That died to ransom, died to raise
To crowns of joy, and songs of praise;
Jesus, to Thee I breathe my prayer!
Reveal, confirm my interest there.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
Continue in September.