Friday, May 6, 2016

.....the lot of the righteous.....Ps 125:3

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......
                                                                                                                                       Thomas Adams

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