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A Right to the Promises


My righteous one shall live by faith —Hebrews 10:38


Believers have a just and unquestionable title to all things promised, besides that title which the promise conveys. They have right to them, and therefore have no reason to doubt but the gracious God will bestow them, especially when he has confirmed the former title by promise. All that is promised was bequeathed to believers by the eternal will of the Father, and purchased for them by the precious blood of Christ, and they are instated therein by many endearing and interesting relations. They have as much right thereto as an heir to his inheritance, or a wife to her jointure; for they are co-heirs with Christ, and married to him: 1 Cor. iii. 23, ‘All is yours.’ All. This is more than if he had said a kingdom, though this is much; nay, more than if he had said, all the kingdoms of the earth; nay, more than if heaven and earth were yours. What then is all? Why heaven and earth, and all in both. All in heaven that you are capable of, and all in earth that is desirable and good. Not only angels and men; not only riches, pleasures, glory; but the Father (that which is more than all), Christ, and the Spirit; all that they are, have, can do, so far as these are communicable, attributes, offices, functions. All these are your own, though you do not believe it. You have [a] right to these, upon other accounts besides the promise. Faith gives . . . actual possession. Here is great encouragement for believers to act faith in the promises, from this consideration. Will a child doubt that a pious and indulgent father will not give him his own, though he do not promise it? But if he engage himself by promise, he will be confident. Shall we be more confident of the justice of men, than the righteousness of God? He has made all your own, and will he be so unjust as to detain it? He has promised to give all that is yours, and will he add unfaithfulness to injustice, such injustice as is odious amongst men? Shall not the Lord of heaven and earth be righteous? Faith cannot doubt here. Either you must believe, or cast such horrid aspersions on God, as though he were as unjust or unfaithful as the worst of men.

—David Clarkson, Of Living by Faith, Works (Banner of Truth, 1988), 1:194.

Posted 2017·09·15 by David Kjos
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