According to Romans 8:16,17
As children of God we are now heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ.
A joint heir is a legal term. It means a person who inherits jointly with another heir of an estate.
Another way of saying it is co-heir which is one of several persons among whom an inheritance is divided.
In other words as children of God we inherit a portion of the Father’s estate.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Romans 8:15
According to Hebrews 1:2 Jesus is the heir of all things. Jesus being the exact representation of God is above all things. His authority is our authority because we are in him who is above all things.
Through the name of Jesus those born of God have access into the holy of holies. All we need to fulfill our call in this life is available to us when we present our requests before the throne of God.
Scriptures tell us that we are more than conquers. That means as children of God we can do more than conquer a problem, we can completely subdue it and annihilate it in the name of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 2:29 tells us that if we belong to Jesus Christ then we are Abraham’s seed according to the promise.
Since Christians are considered to be Abraham’s seed through faith in Jesus Christ then the promises of Abraham apply also to the Christian.
These promises include justification, fruitfulness, multiplication, provision and favor.
Genesis 12: 2,3
Though Jesus Christ we have become the children of God who inherit the promises of God.
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world. Ephesians 2:12
Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen (The non Jews) through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. Galatians 3:7-9
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:26-29
Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. Acts 3:25
Being a joint heir with Jesus Christ means all the blessings the Lord gave to Abraham is our inheritance as well.
Some of these promises include:
Ministering of the angelic realm
Titus 3: 7
Heirs of eternal life
Heirs of the kingdom of God
1 Peter 3:7
Heirs of lifetime grace
In many wills or inheritances there are conditions for inheriting the promises or benefits. The gifts are subject to a condition. It is the same in God’s inheritance.
One condition made clear in scripture is, “IF we suffer with him so that we will be glorified together.”
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
The word suffer in this verse is sumpaschō in the Greek. It means persecution or experiencing the same kind of pain.
In other words if we partake in similar sufferings as Jesus did then we will inherit the same promises as he did.
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. John 15:18
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10
Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Luke 6:22
Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. 1 John 3:13
Persecutions come with being a Christian. They are allowed to demonstrate we belong to Jesus Christ. If we live godly in Jesus Christ we are blessed but nevertheless we will be persecuted for belonging to him.
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4
Living godly in Jesus Christ brings persecution but living godly also brings blessings because we are made joint heirs with Jesus Christ.