By believing the testimony of the Word, which declares that all those who thus repent and believe are acknowledged to be the children of God.3. Many are the troubles of the righteous. THE NATURE OF THE BELIEVER'S SUFFERINGS.1. Robinson, D.D.Believers suffer with Christ —I.IN THE SAME CAUSE — that of truth and righteousness.II.FOR THE SAME END — the glory of God and the good of His Church.III.FROM THE SAME HAND — Satan, their common enemy, and the world.IV.IN THE SAME MANNER, and with the same spirit of patience and resignation.(T. Secondly, not suffering in a way of public, justice, which an evil man may do. Further particulars are included in the phrase, "joint-heirs with Christ," and "glorified together," viz: —(1) That we are altogether indebted to God's mercy in Christ, for our title to the inheritance. But the children of God have nothing to apprehend from reverses. Then saints with little glory means Christ with little. In some trackless lands, when one friend passes through the pathless forests, he breaks a twig ever and anon as he goes, that those who come after may see the traces of his having been there, and know that they are not out of the road. Maclaren, D.D.I. By the consciousness we have that we have complied with those conditions of repentance and faith, on the fulfilment of which the privilege is suspended.2. The second is the conjunction of the persons in reference to these conditions. A special resemblance to Him.2. Measure the greatness of the glory by what has preceded it. "If children, then heirs." Those whom men hate, they will afflict and disturb, if it lies in their power. "In all their afflictions He was afflicted. (2) "An inheritance of the saints in light." "In all their afflictions He was afflicted. As possessing a corrupt nature men need to be regenerated, in virtue of which they become God's children, not merely by a legal or declaratory act, but by the positive sanctification of their nature, and then heirship results by way of natural consequence. "If children" — it matters not whether sons or daughters — "then heirs." But yet there are none but in some kind or other, at some time or other, in some sense or other, have the experiment of this truth upon them. That is a past act. THE DISTINGUISHED PRIVILEGE.1. Wherefore murmur not and faint not. If all men, without exception, were the children of God there would be no "if" about it, just as any hypothetical expression is unknown in heaven; or if all men were so placed that it was impossible for them ever to sustain any relation to God, but the general one of creatures, then, also, there would be no room for question, just as there is none in respect to the brutes that perish, or to the devils and the damned in hell. A stranger may be constituted such, in virtue of the will and deed of another; a child may be such from natural relationship. )The reward of glorySamuel Rutherford used to say, "I wonder many times that ever a child of God should have a sad heart, considering what the Lord is preparing for him." There may want glory as to either of these things. The circumstances of earthly parents may be suddenly reversed, and their children therefore deprived of the inheritance. How, then, shouldst thou love, praise, own, obey, and serve Him! THE SUPPOSITION. )The reward of glorySamuel Rutherford used to say, "I wonder many times that ever a child of God should have a sad heart, considering what the Lord is preparing for him." His glory shall reflect upon us and be transmitted to us. "Ask of Me, and I will give thee the heathen for thine inheritance," etc. WHAT BECOMES OF GOOD MEN IN THE FUTURE? No doubt there is a sense in which His intelligent creatures generally may be regarded as His offspring. )The reward of glorySamuel Rutherford used to say, "I wonder many times that ever a child of God should have a sad heart, considering what the Lord is preparing for him." In some trackless lands, when one friend passes through the pathless forests, he breaks a twig ever and anon as he goes, that those who come after may see the traces of his having been there, and know that they are not out of the road. III. We are not heirs except with Christ, through Christ, and in Christ.2. Nor can any creature accuse His saints, nor infringe upon our title so long as His title stands. Now there is a various account which may be given hereof unto us. There is a sense in which this is the only way whereby we can be partakers of His suffering — in which, therefore, lie is alone in suffering (Isaiah 63:3). (1) If you have faith enough, you may this morning be raised up to sit together in heavenly places with Christ Jesus,(2) God has given Christ the heathen for His inheritance, and the uttermost ends of the earth for His possession, and we are co-heirs with Him. Bunting, D.D. The second is the conjunction of the persons in reference to these conditions. THE DISTINGUISHED PRIVILEGE.1. Secondly, suffering goes before glory, thereby to set a greater price upon glory itself, and to make it so much the more glorious. Could we, if called to it, bear imprisonment and torture, and final execution, for the Lord's sake? This men may or may not sustain. The one may be dispensed with, the other cannot. If we are joint heirs with Christ, we legally have no inheritance apart from Him. The apostle does not mean that if a son of God have no occasion, by brevity of life or other causes, for passing through the discipline of sorrow, his inheritance would be forfeited. Robinson, D.D.Believers suffer with Christ —I.IN THE SAME CAUSE — that of truth and righteousness.II.FOR THE SAME END — the glory of God and the good of His Church.III.FROM THE SAME HAND — Satan, their common enemy, and the world.IV.IN THE SAME MANNER, and with the same spirit of patience and resignation.(T. Christ, as co-heir, has so identified Himself with us, that His rights are not to be viewed apart from ours. "The world is ours," because it is Christ's by right of inheritance. (1) As co-heirs with Christ, we are heirs of God (Psalm 16:5; 63:26). We seem more frequently to have promised to us relief from sufferings — no more sickness, night, curse, nor death — all of which we shrink from as if their absence was enough to make our bliss. THE WAY IN WHICH WE ARE TO WALK SO AS TO SECURE THE ACTUAL BESTOWMENT OF THIS PRIVILEGE. There is nothing here below which does not belong to a believer. The ultimate security of the Church.3. With Christ fully revealed to us we could be happy anywhere.II. Doth Christ call Himself a King? So when we are journeying through the murky night, and the dark woods of affliction, it is something to find here and there a spray broken, or a leafy stem bent down with the tread of His foot and the brush of His hand as He passed; and to remember that the path He trod He has hallowed, and thus to find lingering fragrances and hidden strengths in the remembrance of Him as "in all points tempted like as we are," bearing grief for us, with us, like us.4. The servant is not above his lord. The promises are yea and amen, but only in Christ Jesus, in whom also we have obtained an inheritance.3. Secondly, God orders afflictions to His children, thereby to wear off that rust which is in them, and to take away their defilements from them, as it is in Isaiah 27:9. Horton. In the glorifying of Christ, our glorifying is involved.4. You have no right to heaven in yourself; your right lieth in Christ. 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