The Purchased Life
Read: St. John 10:27-29
“You are not on your own; you were bought with a price…” I Corinthians 6:19b-20a
One of the greatest sources of strength for Christians is the knowledge that we belong to Christ. We are His possession, given to Him by His Father. In His high priestly prayer the Savior places petition after petition before His heavenly Father. But for whom is He praying? “For them which thou hast given Me.”
We are His by right of purchase. This is what St. Paul means when he says, “you were bought with a price.” This is what St. Peter means when he says, “You are a chosen generation…a people of His purchasing.” This is what Martin Luther means when he says, “I believe that Jesus Christ…has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased, and won me…that I may be His own.”
Because of that divine transaction…the purchase of all mankind by the death of God’s beloved Son…we are His for time and for eternity. Notice the strong claim of possession in the following well known words of Jesus:
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life. And they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father which gave them to Me, is greater than all, and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand.” – St. John 10:27-29
How different life becomes with every remembrance that we are Christ’s, the purchase of his love, and that we are therefore precious in his sight! Let that remembrance go with us throughout the day, granting fresh courage, new strength, and greater victory. Praise God through Christ we are His now and forever!
The Lord my shepherd is, I shall be well supplied,
Since He is mine and I am his, What can I want beside?
How has prayer helped you? How does your personal prayer time and communal prayer time in worship inform and feed you? Look for more stories of prayer in next week’s Monday Meditation.