For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;…
What is this hope but the glorious life we look for? Now, where should the life of the branches of a tree be kept but where the root is? So where should our glorious life be hid but where Christ, the root of us all, is with him? Yea, this is most meet and behoveful for us. If an Englishman should sojourn in France a while, and had great treasure to receive, would he not choose rather to have it paid him at the Exchange in his own country than to have it there, far from his home, and stand to the hazard of transporting of it? So it fareth with us. It is safer that our wealth should be paid us in heaven, our own country, than here where we are but strangers wayfaring for a season.
(P. Bayne, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;