by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“… co-heirs with Christ ...” Romans 8:17)
The boundless realms of his Father’s universe belong to Christ by legal right. As “heir of all things” (Heb. 1:2), he alone owns the vast creation of God. But he has admitted us to claim the whole as ours by making us his co-heirs. The golden streets of paradise, the pearly gates, the river of life, the transcendent bliss, and the unutterable glory—all these our blessed Lord has made over to us for our everlasting possession. All that he has he shares with his people.
He has placed the royal crown upon the Head of his church, appointing her a kingdom, and calling her children a royal priesthood, a generation of priests and kings. He uncrowned himself so that we might have a coronation of glory. He would not sit upon his own throne until he had secured a place upon it for all who overcome by his blood. Crown the Head and the whole body shares the honour.
Behold here the reward of every Christian conqueror! Christ’s throne, crown, sceptre, palace, treasure, robes, heritage—all are yours. Far above the jealousy, selfishness, and greed which will not allow any to share their advantages, Christ instead deems his happiness completed by having his people share it. “I have given them the glory that you gave me” (Jn. 17:22). “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (Jn. 15:11).
The smiles of his Father are all the sweeter to him because his people share them. The honours of his kingdom are all the more pleasing because his people appear with him in glory. His conquests are all the more valuable to him since they have taught his people to overcome. He delights in his throne all the more because on it there is a place for them. He rejoices all the more in his royal robes since by them he covers his people. He delights all the more in his joy because he calls them to enter into it.
[May 14, morning]Extracted from C. H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening (public domain), language modernized by Larry E. Wilson.