Evening, January 30, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance.” — Ephesians 1:11
When Jesus gave himself for us, he gave us all the rights and privileges which came to be his. This means now that in addition to the essential rights he has as eternal God, to which no creature may venture to pretend, as Jesus, the Mediator, the covenant head of the covenant of grace, he has no heritage apart from us.
All the glorious consequences of His willingness to die are the joint riches of all who are in him, and on whose behalf he accomplished the divine will. See, he enters into glory, but not for himself alone, for it is written, “Where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us.” (Heb. 6:20.) Does he stand in the presence of God? “He appears in the presence of God for us.” (Heb. 9:24.)
Consider this, believer. You have no right to heaven in yourself: your right lies in Christ. If you are pardoned, it is through his blood; if you are justified, it is through his righteousness; if you are sanctified, it is because he is made by God to you sanctification; if you shall be kept from falling, it will be because you are preserved in Christ Jesus; and if you are perfected at the last, it will be because you are complete in him. Therefore, Jesus is magnified—for all is in him and by him; therefore the inheritance is made certain to us—for it is obtained in him; therefore each blessing is the more precious, and even heaven itself the brighter, because it is Jesus our Beloved “in whom” we have obtained all. Where is the man who shall estimate our share of the divine inheritance? Weigh the riches of Christ in scales, and his treasure in balances, and then think to count the treasures which belong to believers. Reach the bottom of Christ’s sea of joy, and then hope to understand the ecstasy which God hath prepared for them that love him. Leap over the boundaries of Christ’s possessions, and then dream of a limit to the pleasant inheritance of the elect. “All things are yours, whether … the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.”