16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him (Romans 8).
True sonship is marked by both inheritance as well as suffering. True heirs of Christ have suffered with Him, because they have died with Him, both positionally (through His vicarious atonement — Romans 6:3-4), as well as spiritually (through personal repentance and death to self — Romans 6:11). These words “suffer with” come from one word that is used only one other time, and that is to describe parts of the body (members of a local church) suffering together: “when one suffers, all suffer” (1 Corinthians 12:26).
Then too, true heirs of Christ will also suffer experientially: “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). Whether criticized in the home, rejected in the workplace, or ridiculed in the marketplace, those who desire to follow Christ with all their hearts, will often find their hearts (and even lives) broken by those following the course of this world.
But in the end it will all be worth it. Why? Because we know we will be “glorified with Him!” And that’s a whole other story left for tomorrow’s devotion. To “suffer with Him" means to be “glorified with Him.”
Thank You, Lord, for the privilege of suffering with You! We are a privileged family indeed! Grant us faith This Day to face every suffering with courage, perseverance, hope — and, yes, even gratitude for the privilege bestowed upon us. Amen.