Eternal life is set before us in the promise, the Spirit works faith in us and hope of that life, and so are we made heirs of it and have a kind of possession of it even now.  Faith and hope bring it near and fill [us] with joy in the well-grounded expectation of it.  The meanest believer is a great heir.  Though he has not his portion in hand, he has good hope through grace and may bear up under all difficulties.  There is a better state in view.  He is waiting for an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for him.  How well may such [believers] comfort themselves with these words! – Matthew Henry (1662-1714)

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