Thursday, January 16, 2014
Unless Heaven Could Lose God
.....the lot of the righteous.....
There is a fourfold lot belonging to the faithful. 1. The lot of the
saints is the sufferings of the saints. “All that will live godly in Christ
Jesus shall suffer persecution:” 2 Tim. 3:12. 2. The lot of the saints
is also that light and happiness they have in this world. The lot is
“fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage:” Ps. 16:6.
When David sat at the sheepfold, which was his lot, he was thus prepared
for the kingdom of Israel which was given him by lot from God.
3. But more specially faith, grace, and sanctification; which give them
just right and title to the inheritance of glory. Heaven is theirs now;
though not in possession, yet in succession. They have the earnest
of it; let them grow up to stature and perfection, and take it.
4. Lastly, they have the lot of heaven. Hell is the lot of the
wicked: “Behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning
he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them
that rob us”; Isa. 17:14. Therefore it is said of Judas, that he went
“to his own place”: Acts 1:25. “Upon the wicked he shall rain
snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest; this shall be
the portion of their cup”: Ps. 11:6. But the lot of the righteous is
faith, and the end of their faith the salvation of their souls. God
gives them heaven, not for any foreseen worthiness in the receivers,
for no worthiness of our own can make us our father’s heirs; but
for his own mercy and favour in Christ, preparing heaven for us,
and us for heaven. So that upon his decree it is allotted to us; and
unless heaven could lose God, we cannot lose heaven......