“Heirs of God, and Joint-heirs with Christ”

The Life and Teachings of Jesus and his Apostles, Instructor’s Guide (Rel 211–12), (2000), 87–88


Man’s highest potential is to become an heir to all that the Father has.

Theme Analysis

  • A.

    Men and women are the spiritual offspring of God.

    1. 1.

      We were born of eternal beings in the premortal world.

    2. 2.

      We, therefore, have the potential to become like our eternal parents.

  • B.

    Man is also created in the physical image and likeness of God.

  • C.

    Through obedience to the gospel, men and women may become joint-heirs with the Savior to all that the Father has.

    1. 1.

      Jesus, as the literal son of God, is the natural heir of his Father

    2. 2.

      By heirship and by obedience Jesus attained to all that the Father has.

    3. 3.

      We can inherit equally with Christ all that the Father has by being obedient to the gospel.

Study Sources

New Testament Reading Assignment

Romans 6-8

Course Manual

Chapter 40, “Heirs of God, and Joint-Heirs with Christ”

Standard Works

3 Nephi 12:48; 27:27. What commandments are we given by the Lord?

Philippians 2:5, 6.

John 17:2-6, 15-22; D&C 93:2-4, 21-26; Hebrews 1:3, 4. What goal should we share in common with our Savior?

Romans 8:14-19. By what principles are men entitled to become heirs of God with their Redeemer?

Moses 6:64-68; D&C 84:31-39. What else must we do to become heirs of God? D&C 93:11-20, 26-28. What promise is ours if we keep the commandments of God?

Basic Library

DS, 2:35-40. The doctrine of joint-heir ship.

Teachings, p. 54. What must we do to become joint-heirs with the Savior?

Teachings, p. 347. What will be the glory of those who become joint-heirs with Jesus?

Gos. Doc, p. 18. How can we become the sons of God?

Discourses, pp. 96-97. What is man’s destiny?

Additional Sources

Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 394. A discussion of what it means to become a joint-heir.

Some Suggestions for Presentation

(Ideas Other Teachers Have Used)

Man’s Ultimate Goal Is to Become Like God (A Discussion)

The teacher could ask his students to consider what their ultimate goals are, both in this life and in the life to come.

Is it really possible for us to become like God? If so, what do we know about God? What is He like? (He is perfect; he completely obeys the law of a celestial glory.) What, then, should be our goal? (The teacher might wish to discuss item 40-6 with the students.)

We Can Become Heirs of God (A Discussion)

The teacher could write on the board the title of this lesson, “Heirs of God, and Joint-Heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17), and hold a discussion on the meaning of the word heir.

Heirship of the world and heirship of eternal blessings could be contrasted. (See item 40-8.)

An Heir of Worldly Things

An Heir of God

  1. 1.

    Receives property, money, titles, and the like.

  2. 2.

    Is entitled, generally, to the inheritance because of birth.

  3. 3.


  1. 1.

    Receives all that the Father has.

  2. 2.

    Is entitled to this inheritance by qualifying for the prounounced blessings.

  3. 3.


How Do We Become Heirs of God? (Chalkboard Illustration and Scripture Analysis)

The following scriptures could be used to teach the concept that we become heirs of God through Jesus Christ. (See item 40-9.)

Was a natural heir to all that the Father has, but earned the right to his inheritance through obedience


By complete obedience to the gospel, we gain our inheritance through Jesus Christ and his grace and love.

John 16:15

Because Jesus was the son of God, to what was he a natural heir?

D&C 93:5-17

How did Jesus attain unto a fulness of what his Father possessed?

Romans 8:14-18

How do we become “joint-heirs”?

Galatians 3:26-29; 4:1-7


D&C 84:33-41; 50:26-28; 76:50-60; 88:107; 93:15-30; 132:20

As joint-heirs with the Savior, what blessings can we receive from the Father?