Psalm 119 – Part 17A
September 7, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 17B
September 9, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 17A
September 7, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 17B
September 9, 2013

Joint-heirs with Christ

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And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:17

This verse is an extension of the previous verse—“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” (Romans 8:16) We know we are children and that makes us heirs. An heir is one who obtains a lot or portion, especially of an inheritance.

A person only receives an inheritance when someone dies. They leave a last will and testament. “And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.” (Hebrews 9:15-16)

A testator is the one who made out the will. Jesus died and left the New Testament. We are the heirs and He left a portion or inheritance to us. We are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus. We are heirs with Jesus—fellow heirs or joint heirs.

This is an amazing thing. We share in the finished work of Jesus through believing—our faith. We don’t do anything yet we receive an inheritance. An inheritance works that way. You don’t do anything to receive it. You receive it as a gift.

“A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.” (Proverbs 13:22) God the Father is the only “good man.” He has an inheritance for His children.

“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saint.” (Ephesians 1:18) Sadly, so many believers don’t receive their inheritance. We are joint-heirs with Jesus. Oh, that the eyes of our understanding be enlightened so we come to know the riches of our inheritance.