Our Name is Hephzibah

To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved. – Ephesians 1:6

And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ… – Romans 8:17

When we at first come to Christ by faith, we begin to enter into our inheritance, for we obtain the pardon of sin. Some believers are not even sure that they have a present and perfect remission; but some of us know that we are, once for all, “washed in the blood of the Lamb,” and therefore we are whiter than snow. This we know; but beyond that lies “acceptance in the Beloved,” which possibly we have not dared to claim. Hosts of professors are satisfied to be washed, but have not yet asked to be clothed with the righteousness of Christ. Beloved, we are not only absolved, but we are positively delightful unto God in Christ Jesus. He accepts our offerings, our prayers, our praises, our heart’s love. Our name is Hephzibah, for the Lord delighteth in us. Pardon of sin is like the little Canaan that must be conquered; but why not advance to the wider regions of “accepted in the Beloved”? Brethren, let us walk in the light, as God is in the light, and have fellowship with Him, while the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.

“Behold what wondrous grace
The Father hath bestow’d
On sinners of a mortal race,
To call them sons of God!”

“If children, then heirs, heirs of God, joint heirs with Jesus Christ.” Adoption you must have, heirship you ought to have, How rich you are, since God Himself is yours-“heirs of God”! Yes, God Himself is as truly yours as He is Christ’s, “joint heirs with Jesus Christ.” Why are we naked, and poor, and miserable, when we are heirs of a kingdom by reason of our adoption of the Lord? Let us take the good the Lord provides us. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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