Owned By God
Every mortal man has been created by God and therefore is owned by Him. Unbelievers and those who reject Him belong to Him but they attempt to own themselves. They steal themselves from their rightful owner.
John 1:11: He (Jesus) came unto his own, and his own received him not.
When they reject Him they reject His ownership of them. They are thieves. In a sense, Satan is the thief who steals men from God and the willing men are accomplices.
Believers belong doubly to Him because He has bought them back from their counterfeit owner. When men are willing to submit themselves back to God*s ownership they become His doubly-prized possession. His love for them, His care for them and His protection of them increase exponentially.
Except for auto mechanics and the like, none of us take care of cars that don*t belong to us. We do far more to take care of a car while we own it. It*s like that with God and those that belong to Him.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God*s.
1 Peter 1:18-19: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
When mortals live and behave as if they don*t belong to God they get in trouble. Unbelievers have totally rejected His ownership of them and are always in trouble. His wrath is always on them.
John 3:36: He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Believers sometimes live like they belong to God and at other times they live otherwise. Their happy and fulfilling times are when they live in the reality that God DOES own them. His blessings always reach them when they live that way. When believers remove themselves from His guidance and ownership they put themselves out of the range of His blessings. When He owns us He owns our problems.
Surely He may do what He will with His own. The price He has paid to make them His own is a sufficient guarantee that He will never make light of anything in which their welfare is at all concerned. We are precious to Him by the virtue of the blood which He has shed for us. For Him to be found at any time wanting in solicitude for our happiness would be for Him to treat that blood of His as the sinners of this world treat it. The persuasion of Christ*s love must be graven in our hearts so deeply that no semblance of indifference on His part will ever make the slightest impression upon us. This is the victory which overcometh the world.