Deuteronomy 7:6: “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.
The children of Israel were special to God at the time the focused verse was written, but Christians are more precious to God than they are. This is because we have been purchased/redeemed by the blood of Jesus, while the children of Israel were redeemed by the blood of lambs in the Passover night, which was their last night in the land of Egypt, called the house of bondage. That is the difference in our values comparatively. There is a difference between the blood of animals and the blood of Jesus.
The blood of Jesus was the payment made to take us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light (Colossians 1:13). We are God’s own possession. We are been redeemed from all races from all nations (Revelation 5:9). We are washed by the blood of the Lamb and made clean (Revelation 1:5). That was what the blood of bulls and goats could not do. We have become new beings, new creatures, experiencing change in the core of our beings, which was not possible before.
As God’s possession, Jesus made us to be kings and priests unto Him (Revelation 1:6), made us changed into God’s own image (2Corinthians 3:18). Because we are His possession we are to do his will; because we are his possession, he has the freedom to do whatever he wants with us. That was why some writer of the New Testament books referred to themselves as bond servants of Jesus Christ.
These are servants without the possibility of seeking freedom from their servitude, without the possibility of doing their own will at any time and for whatever purpose. The purpose of the master becomes your purpose, the role you are given becomes your calling, the assignment you are given becomes your focus, receiving instructions from him becomes your fuel (John 4:34).
Different servants have different roles. In a parable by Jesus, he said that the master gives the servants authority for their individual functions (Mark 13:44). Abraham has some servants specifically for warfare purposes.
That was the group of people he summoned when he heard that Lot his nephew was taken captive, and they rescued him (Genesis 14:11-16). Different servants are equipped with different skills and therefore are for different purposes.
We should be able to appraise our individual uniqueness, analyse the grace that we have been given by God (Romans 12:6), what we do without much ado, the kind of work that we delight in, those are indicators of the purposed destined for us from the one who owns us.
David said: my times are in your (God) hands (Psalm 31:15). As our possessor he directs the use of our time, he tells us where to go, where not to go, who to associate with and who not to associate with.
As God’s on possession, he can do whatever he likes with us. When Jesus revealed himself to Paul, Paul asked him: Lord what will you have me do (Acts 9:6)? And he did exactly as he was told throughout his lifetime.
From then on his life was dictated by God. He was imparted with amazing revelations that has to do with his ministry to the gentiles, which he faithfully fulfilled. At the end of his life’s journey he said: I have finished my course, I have run my race (2Timothy 4:7).
He took on himself the identity of the servant of Jesus Christ and was busy in his service, he refused to be distracted even telling Timothy his spiritual son that anyone enlisted as a soldier of Jesus Christ should not be entangled by the affairs of this world but should be solely occupied with the affairs of the one who enlisted him, should be focused on pleasing his commanding officer, Jesus (2Timothy 2:1-4).
As God’s possession, we don’t only obey him; he also takes care of us, he is responsible for providing for us. That is why Peter wrote that we should cast our burdens on him because he cares for us (1Peter 5:7). It is very important that we need to come to that realisation. He is not just interested in what we do for him; we should also know what we should expect from him in his care.
We can share our heart with him in the place of prayer. Paul said rather than be preoccupied with worry we should create the habit of making our desires known to God, and the result will be that the God of peace will keep our hearts (Philippians 4:6-7). He is our provider (Psalm 23:1). Because of that we should look to him for our provision, both spiritual and physical.
As God’s possession, he has everlasting plans for us. Jesus told the disciples that he need to depart from them and be transformed through death because then he would go to heaven to prepare a place for them, so that where he is we would be also (John 14:1-3).
Where is Jesus now? -In heaven. So because of the fact of the resurrection we have our portion with him there in heaven. Before the resurrection of Jesus, there was no place prepared for humanity in God’s dwelling place – heaven. He said that he goes to prepare a place for us so that where he is, we would be also.
That means before then people who die don’t go to heaven, maybe the best of them went to Abraham’s bosom (Luke 16:22), but through the resurrection of Jesus, though we leave our bodies on this earth, we would go to be with Him in heaven in our spiritual body (1Corinthians 15:44) when we die. And he (Jesus) is not in a room in Abraham’s bosom; He is in his Father’s house, the third heaven (2Cointhians 12:2).
Paul said that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2Corinthians 5:8). This is because of the fact of the resurrection of Jesus and because he has gone to heaven to prepare a place for us his followers. Once you are not in your earthly body, you will be standing in the presence of Jesus as he receives you in his embrace.
There is no bus-stop where we would stay again before going to heaven, in the form of Abraham’s bosom, which is actually a place of captivity of some form (Ephesians 4:8). You have a one way trip to heaven. We are God’s own possession coming home to our owner.
- Destinies (holdingforthhisword.wordpress.com)
- LISTEN: Heaven or Hell: It’s Up to You (blackchristiannews.com)
- A Must Know Truth (christapoet.wordpress.com)
- My Response To A Nameless Legalist (wordlikefire.wordpress.com)
- Hope for the Dead – The Resurrection (illustrationstoencourage.wordpress.com)
- The Hope of Resurrection by Billy Graham (darylgstewart.net)