Secondly, not suffering in a way of public, justice, which an evil man may do. This He does in His infinite wisdom and goodness, and as carrying a special comeliness and congruity with it (as 2 Thessalonians 1:6-8). But this is not the rule which God will adept. "It became Him," etc. )The heirs of GodT. It would seem to be impossible to have too high ideas of what may be anticipated by those who are the children and heirs of a Divine Parent; of Him who created and who possesses all things; whose paternal affection is measureless, and who even speaks of Himself as the portion of His people.3. There are many which are not associated with Christ, and which do not result from sympathy with Him. By the direct witnessing of the Spirit itself, with and to our spirits, that we are the children of God.II. " IF CHILDREN, THEN HEIRS." Thomas, D.D. Him. Men, considered as guilty, need pardon or justification, which is a legal as well as merciful act on the part of God, by which the relation of men to law is altered. This occurs at different periods of spiritual life, and under varying circumstances of purification and trial; for some are no sooner born of God than they are ready for translation, while others have, like the Captain of their salvation, to "be made perfect through suffering.". In all these passages the same principle is involved which is contained in the text. How unreasonable to see an "heir of God" so swallowed up in the world that he has neither taste nor time to pray, or make suitable efforts to get ready for His Heavenly inheritance.III. (Thomas Horton, D.D. An heir is one who, by legal or natural right, possesses a title to an inheritance. First, that herein we may be conformable to Christ our Head. When times are difficult for us. But with the sons of God, the clearer their views of future glory, the more astounded are they with the greatness of the gift of God; and this proportionally makes them feel their own unworthiness.2. It is in connection with this act that adoption is more especially to be regarded, and the heirship of the adopted as flowing from that act. )Suffering attends God's childrenThomas Horton, D.D.In the text itself there are two general parts considerable — the supposition and the inference. And that is, that it is a state of suffering, "If so be that we suffer." But the children of God have nothing to apprehend from reverses. Let us advance to take the property. Now the second is, as it is considerable relatively; and that is, that it is a suffering with Christ. Lastly, in Fatherly discipline, to keep His children regular and in good order, and to prevent them from worse things to come (1 Corinthians 11:32). But, after all, how light and little does this kind of trial appear in comparison with what our predecessors in the faith have endured. (4) Ensured. 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. "The Prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me." Let her, then, as Christ's queen, claim the earth as hers, and send her heralds forth from sea to sea to bid all men bow before Him, and confess Him to be their King. Such an inheritance as the Father gives to the well-beloved.4. "The villain's censure is the good man's praise."2. This occurs at different periods of spiritual life, and under varying circumstances of purification and trial; for some are no sooner born of God than they are ready for translation, while others have, like the Captain of their salvation, to "be made perfect through suffering."2. Not to stand upon the proof of that by testimony, which experience does so frequently evidence, we may take some account of it in these particulars. A stranger may be constituted such, in virtue of the will and deed of another; a child may be such from natural relationship. Thou canst tread no path of hardship which Jesus hath not hallowed by His footsteps. (4)Promise (Hebrews 6:17). The ground of mere compensation is a low one on which to rest the certainty of future bliss. But let us suppose the case to be otherwise. Of His love; for God is love. Then saints with little glory means Christ with little. A special resemblance to Him.2. Robinson, D.D. More than this God cannot promise or give.5. (a) If there be any flaw in the will, then it is no more valid for Christ than it is for us. The one may be dispensed with, the other cannot. We shall overcome and sit down with Him upon His throne. Do you think that man stood about the station touching his cap for tips any longer? And so learn to look upon all trial as being at once the seal of your sonship, and the means by which God puts it within your power to win a loftier throne, a nobler crown, a closer fellowship with Him "who hath suffered, being tempted," and who will receive into His own blessedness and rest them that are tempted.III. "In all their afflictions He was afflicted. )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." If you are ashamed to apply that Divine thought, "Christ bears this grief with me," to those petty molehills that you magnify into mountains sometimes, think it a shame to stumble over them. Many of you have realised these privileges. Wherefore murmur not and faint not. Doth Christ call Himself a King? We shall shine in His beams. There is something in this expression more than the idea of filial relationship to God. This joint heirship binds us faster to Jesus, since we are nothing, and have nothing apart from Him.Conclusion —1. "If we suffer with Him." (5) There is this difference, that whereas on earth the portion of each diminishes as the number of heirs is increased, in heaven it is quite the reverse. The cause of our sufferings as Christians is found in the simple fact that we are Christians.II. Do not suppose that I am forgetting the awful sense in which Christ's suffering stands as a thing by itself, incapable of, and needing no, repetition. The cause of our sufferings as Christians is found in the simple fact that we are Christians.II. (2) That the title of true believers is in the highest degree valid and satisfactory. "Children, then heirs."1. But then it is Christ's interest that is at stake as well as mine. With Christ fully revealed to us we could be happy anywhere.II. They are the tuning of the instruments, without which no harmony can be secured in the ultimate concert. Lastly, in Fatherly discipline, to keep His children regular and in good order, and to prevent them from worse things to come (1 Corinthians 11:32). Now the second is that emphasis which is inclusive. As in matters of wills everything should be proven and sworn to, let us have the evidence of God, that cannot lie. But here heaven is presented as "glorification with Christ."2. There are tradesmen who lose custom because they will be faithful to conscience. Be consistent, be heavenly minded.4. You can say, "God has given these souls to Christ; I am going to take them in Christ's name." First, I say, the malice and hatred of the world. (2) The other class are those which resemble the pangs of Jesus, when it pleased the Father to put Him to grief. We partake of them —(1) Beneficially. (2)Caused by sin. This word is used in allusion to the reception into a family of a slave or a stranger. In heaven we shall receive a great addition to our knowledge. Sometimes the servants of God are more troubled with inward conflicts than with outward afflictions. This joint heirship binds us faster to Jesus, since we are nothing, and have nothing apart from Him.Conclusion —1. The promises are yea and amen, but only in Christ Jesus, in whom also we have obtained an inheritance.3. Our inheritance has been purchased, or procured by the same means as His. All the sheep of the Great Shepherd are marked with the cross, and this not only in the fleece, but in the flesh. Ought the private soldier to complain of privations or perils to which his general submits? Believers are joined with Christ, and in particular joined with Him in glory. In this, too, Christ is your co-heir. Christ's property extends to all, and we are co-heirs. This process is described as being "born of the Spirit," "created anew," "quickened," "raised from the dead," etc., and we cannot suppose that this is accomplished by the mechanical agency of any outward rite. All those ideas are epitomised in the text. Is He everlasting? Suffering it is the beaten path to glory, and that common road which all take that come to that end. "If children, then heirs."1. This is all from the hand of a loving Father. (1) Just on the edge of your Father's great inheritance lies the swamp of affliction. Will He be received with triumph by His Father? Both have relation to sin; but while ours are connected with our own sins, His were endured for the sins of others. It is not suffering considered indefinitely that does entitle to glory. Horton. 2. Our afflictions are not for naught. )Suffering in relation to sonshipT. We must always take such passages as this in conjunction with the truth which completes them, that when a man has the love of God in His heart, there and then he is fit for the inheritance. Not that the sufferings of the saints are — like those of Christ — meritorious. Is He everlasting? Does He sit upon a throne? THE DISTINGUISHED PRIVILEGE.1. This ensures it to us; for Jesus will not lose it, and His title-deed and ours are one and indivisible. "We shall be glorified with Him"; that is, we shall be like to Him in glory (thus John 17:22). 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). A concomitancy both of fate and of time, there and then. But if any man is a child of God, then the Scripture teaches that this is his second state, not his first; that he has undergone, or been the subject of, a process by which he has passed from the one to the other.2. (c) And there is no fear that the Son of God, the infinitely rich, will have a trifling portion. If we are joint heirs with Christ, we legally have no inheritance apart from Him. Whereas we are said to be "heirs of God," it must mean that we are heirs of —(1)All that God possesses. )Suffering in relation to sonshipT. )The Christian's heirshipI was in a provincial town some time ago, when I was told of a nobleman who for many years worked as a porter in the railway station, because he did not know his true position in the world, till one day a gentleman entered the station, and after saluting him said, "Sir, may I ask your name?" Trials have no meaning, unless they are means to an end. THIS AFFORDS A TEST OF OUR SONSHIP —1. Yet Christ also learned obedience by the things which He suffered, in this respect our sufferings may resemble His. We must always take such passages as this in conjunction with the truth which completes them, that when a man has the love of God in His heart, there and then he is fit for the inheritance. God will at last make all His children amends for any troubles which here He lays upon them. Take your cross up and bear it with joy. Why cannot we administer also to the blessed part of the testament? The foundation of it is not that Christ shares in our sufferings; but that we, as Christians, participate in Christ's.2. "If ye be without chastisement whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards and not sons."2. This they are called, first, from that mystical union which is betwixt Him and us. 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. WHAT PRECEDES THIS BLESSEDNESS? He is already glorified. (b) Perhaps there may be a suit in law made against the will. Nor will this inheritance lose any value from being distributed among so many. A positive conception of the blessedness of heaven. Every man in heaven will feel himself much the happier, because he will know there are so many millions of ransomed spirits who share the same bliss.III. The supposition that is in these words, "If so be we suffer with Christ." And "all things are yours, for ye are Christ's, and Christ is God's."2. You can say, "God has given these souls to Christ; I am going to take them in Christ's name." This ensures it to us; for Jesus will not lose it, and His title-deed and ours are one and indivisible.5. Now let us march joyfully to the other part of the inheritance. Be humble. There are, indeed, differences between Christ's title and ours. (1) The sufferings of the Lord were not only those that were wrought upon Calvary. "Heirs of God." (2) 1 have been dwelling upon the black side in order to bring the bright one out by contrast. 4. There is nothing here below which does not belong to a believer. The heirs of earthly kingdoms are apt to be elated with pride in proportion to the magnitude of their prospective possessions. There are tradesmen who lose custom because they will be faithful to conscience. Maclaren, D.D. 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. Secondly, not suffering in a way of public, justice, which an evil man may do. (2)Caused by sin. We in happy England are exempt from the fiery trial. Now, it is not strange that God's children should also be heirs; for who is so rich and noble as their Heavenly Father?1. (a) If there be any flaw in the will, then it is no more valid for Christ than it is for us. A brute animal could not be adopted and made a child by man; nor if it were could it be made the subject of human sympathies and affections. What they suffer for as to the cause of their suffering; and how they suffer, as to the manner and carriage of their suffering — each of which have a necessary influence upon this business of suffering with Christ, and are most requisite ingredients to the making and constituting of it. Men may live and never be changed in the spirit of their minds; and they may die, and not rise after the likeness of the Lord's glorious body. (3) But not only is the life of Christ as a life of suffering a model for us, but His death, besides being an atonement, is a type of the Christian's life, which is to be one long and daily dying to sin, to self, to the world. If this be not yours, neither are the rest, for they are bequeathed to you in the same will. (1) Just on the edge of your Father's great inheritance lies the swamp of affliction. The possibility of using conditional language, in relation to men, involves the idea that while they may be, in the language of Scripture, "children of the wicked one," they may also be sons of God in the highest and most emphatic acceptation. If so, how is it that we are so soon offended when the least troubles arise in connection with our Christian profession? Hath He joy? Secondly, there is also the goodness of God, and His wise providence towards His servants, which has an influence hereupon likewise. Thomas, D.D. Secondly, we learn hence also to expect it and to prepare for it. If the mote in the eye be large enough to annoy you, it is large enough to bring out His sympathy; and if the grief be too small for Him to compassionate and share, it is too small for you to be troubled by it. First, here is the conjunction of conditions: glory joined with suffering. )Suffering attends God's childrenThomas Horton, D.D.In the text itself there are two general parts considerable — the supposition and the inference. Sometimes the servants of God are more troubled with inward conflicts than with outward afflictions. Elsewhere we are told what heaven is not, rather than what it is. In the glorifying of Christ, our glorifying is involved.4. They are all equally related to that great First-born Son through whom their heirship comes to them. Thirdly, that so by this means He may in some manner fit us for glory, and prepare us and dispose us thereunto (Colossians 1:12). "If we suffer with Him." Elsewhere we are told what heaven is not, rather than what it is. But never fear to be too familiar in the thought that Christ is willing to bear, and help me to bear, the most insignificant of daily annoyances. The signature of the one will not avail to alienate the estate, nor can he sell it by his own right, nor have it all at his own separate disposal. SUFFERING IS A COMMON CONDITION OF SONSHIP. But, secondly, not only so, but more particularly which is founded in grace, and that holy profession which they bear upon them. All that the Church wants to-day is courage and devotion. He Himself speaks of our drinking of the cup that He drank of, etc. But let us suppose the case to be otherwise. "LinksRomans 8:17 NIVRomans 8:17 NLTRomans 8:17 ESVRomans 8:17 NASBRomans 8:17 KJVRomans 8:17 Bible AppsRomans 8:17 ParallelRomans 8:17 Biblia ParalelaRomans 8:17 Chinese BibleRomans 8:17 French BibleRomans 8:17 German BibleRomans 8:17 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)Eternal life (Titus 3:7). How, then, shouldest thou prepare for it?(T. How, then, shouldst thou love, praise, own, obey, and serve Him!3. How unreasonable to see an "heir of God" so swallowed up in the world that he has neither taste nor time to pray, or make suitable efforts to get ready for His Heavenly inheritance.III. 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. As, first, for the trial and exercise of their graces. Be consistent, be heavenly minded.4. 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. "John — ," was the answer. The inheritance of suffering. (3) Non-meritorious. Secondly, we learn hence also to expect it and to prepare for it. WHAT PRECEDES THIS BLESSEDNESS? But if children, we are not to conclude that there is no further need of watchfulness or prayer. As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. God may try us, as He tried Him, for the simple purpose of teaching us to renounce our own wish and will, and to say, with Christ, "Father, not my will, but Thine be done."IV. Have we not, then, a direct interest in seeking to take others with us to glory?III. All the sheep of the Great Shepherd are marked with the cross, and this not only in the fleece, but in the flesh. "Oh that I had wings like a dove," etc., must often be the language of those who are like Him in spirit and in consequent sufferings. God's children have never more embracings and cherishings from Him than at such time as they are under greatest afflictions. Only such minds could suffer with Him, and the having such a mind is itself the blessed thing.(P. Because a large portion of the suffering of good people comes upon them in consequence of their devotedness to the truth, and cause, and service of Christ. This He does in His infinite wisdom and goodness, and as carrying a special comeliness and congruity with it (as 2 Thessalonians 1:6-8). Others, by teaching your children in the class. Thirdly, we learn from hence also to take heed of passing rash censure either upon ourselves or other men, occasionally from these conditions. The deeper God plunges the comet into the darkness, the closer does it come to the sun at its nearest distance, and the longer does it stand glowing in the full blaze of the glory from the central orb. (Thomas Horton, D.D. But, after all, how light and little does this kind of trial appear in comparison with what our predecessors in the faith have endured. 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