Our Inheritance

And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.
ROMANS 8:17
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Our Inheritance
Having heard that Christ, in His own person, had to enter into His glory through suffering and death (Luke 24:26), we are to know that so it must also be for His kingdom on earth, that is, for His Christendom. His person serves as a model, and all those who are Christians must conform to His image. For this reason His kingdom has had to endure the cross and suffering since the beginning of time; and we must follow the path to glory and life through misery, persecution, shame, and death. If He, our Lord and Head, had to do this, why should we expect something better? To sum it up: Whoever will be under this Lord, must accustom himself to drink and suffer with Him on the way in order that he may be raised to glory with Him, as St. Paul says (Romans 8:17).

From Commentary on Psalm 110 (Luther's Works 13:347)
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