“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.”
In the book of Ephesians, we see Paul the Apostle praying for the church in Ephesus- and us by extension, to know the hope to which they had been called in Christ.
He says there is a glorious inheritance in the saints. He also makes them know that God has demonstrated exceeding great power towards the man in Christ.
How did all this happen? One may ask. Thankfully, Paul in Ephesians 1:15-19 explains further, saying that all this is ‘according to’ (better rendered ‘as a result of’) the resurrection of Christ from the dead.
Long story short, we are direct beneficiaries of the resurrection of Christ from the dead.
“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 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 saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,”
In case that’s not clear enough, he goes on to say that after Jesus resurrected, He sat at the right hand of the throne of God (signifying authority) and that all things were placed under His feet.
Christ was given to be head over all things to the church! His authority is for our exploitation. All that He did, He did for us.
Paul says: “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus”
Friends, we were raised with Christ. This means that by faith, we are direct beneficiaries of Christ’s work. We are joint-heirs