The earnest of our inheritence.
Eph. i. 14
Oh! what enlightenment, what joys, what consolation, what delight of heart is experienced by the man who has learned to feed on Jesus, and on Jesus alone. Yet the realization which we have of Christ's preciousness is, in this life, imperfect at the best. As an old writer says, "Tis but a taste!" We have tasted "that the Lord is gracious," but we do not yet know how good and gracious He is, although what we know of His sweetness makes us long for more... We groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption... Here we see the manna falling small, like coriander seed, but there shall we eat the bread of heaven...
O Christian, antedate heaven for a few years. Within very little time thou shalt be rid of all thy trials and thy troubles. Thine eyes suffused with tears shall weep no longer... The triumph of His glory shall be shared by thee; His crown, His joy, His paradise, these shall be thine, and thou shalt be co-heir with Him who is the heir of all things.