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Prophetic Expositions, vol. 1

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    VIII. THE SAINTS OF GOD WILL BE FELLOW-HEIRS WITH CHRIST

    The inheritance, by purchase and by promise, belongs to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. “But as many as receive him, to them he gives power or privilege to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” God sends forth the spirit of his Son into their hearts, crying, Abba, Father. And the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God; and because children, then heirs, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. Romans 8.PREX1 25.1

    Christ is the head, and the church the body composed of the members of Christ. He is the true vine for whom the goodly vineyard, the land promised to Abraham, and once occupied by the men of Judah, (see Isai. 5.) was prepared, and to whose use it is now soon to be devoted; his believing people are the branches of that vine, and with the vine and root, or good olive tree, they will be transplanted into that holy soil, to flourish in immortal bloom and vigor forever and ever. In the explanation of the vision of the four beasts, (Daniel 7:18,) it is said, “But the saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.” Also, in the 27th verse of the same chapter, “The kingdom and dominion and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High.” Again, (Matthew 25:34,) “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom.” These constitute the seed of Abraham. “If ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3. These, too, constitute the house of Jacob, over whom Jesus Christ is to reign forever and ever. Luke 1:33. They will reign with Christ as his subjects, and assist, under him their king and head, in the government of the kingdom; and enjoy all its immunities. The kingdom will be the same as when God originally gave it to Adam and his family. They had dominion, but Adam, by virtue of his relation to them, was their superior and head; but they were all children, and were to reign with him. “Let them have dominion.” Christ is the last Adam, and sustains a similar relation to the church as Adam did to the race. Adam gave them mortal life; Christ eternal life. Now if we suffer with him we shall also reign with him.PREX1 25.2

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