January 20

“Partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” Colossians. 1:12.

The glorified saints are “the saints in light.” No more veilings of the Father’s countenance- no more “walking in darkness, having no light,”- no more mourning over Divine desertions, the suspensions of the Father’s experienced love- no more tears to dim the eye- no more clouds of unbelief to darken the mind- no more mental despondency to enshroud the spirit; they leave the gloom, and the mist, and the fog, and the darkness of ignorance, error, and pollution behind them, and they flee to the regions of light, to “the inheritance of the saints” of which “the Lamb is the light thereof.”
But it will be observed, that these glorified saints are said to be “partakers of the inheritance.” There is something very emphatic in the word. We are “partakers” of it now, in Christ our Head. In consequence of our union to Christ, the exalted Head of the Church, we are at present “partakers” of this inheritance. We have the first dawnings of it in our soul: the foretaste and the antepast, and, what is best of all, the indwelling of the Spirit, who is the earnest of its possession; and if we have the “earnest” of the inheritance in the possession of the Spirit, we must, and shall assuredly, have the inheritance itself.
“Partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” “Partakers” with all the saints of God; “partakers” with the whole family of the elect; “partakers” with all the children of adoption; “partakers” with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; with David, and Solomon, and with all who have gone before us, with all who have entered heaven a little in advance; and “partakers” with all the “ransomed of the Lord,” who shall yet “come to Zion with songs, and everlasting joy upon their heads, obtaining joy and gladness, their sorrow and their sighing fleeing away!” Oh, who would not be a “partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light”? Reader, if you are a humble possessor of the inner life, you shall be a happy partaker of this glorious inheritance- the life which is to come.

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