“Prized Possession” ( Romans 14:8, LEB ) by Carley Evans


Who owns a possession greatly prized? One in a special case? Most people, I think. You protect it; cherish it; bring it out on special occasions. You cry if it breaks; then work to repair it. This possession is special; it belongs to you.

The Lord looks on us the same way for He purchased us with His own Blood.

For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

“Never Perish — Ever!” ( John 10:28-30, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


Jesus gives us a definite sense of His joy here in the gospel of John when He says He gives us eternal life, and that we “will never perish – ever!” Jesus says:

“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish—ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

We are the Father’s gift to His Son. The Father “is greater than all.” The Son and the Father “are one.” We are firmly held in God’s hand — and He never lets go! No one has the power to “snatch [us] out of [His] hand.” No one, especially not our adversary. Satan may very well prowl around seeking to devour us, but He can’t. We may struggle to escape God’s grasp, but once we are His, we are His. We are a possession worth keeping, says Jesus. We are worth protecting because His blood purchased us; and His blood is too precious to waste.

Does this mean we can relax and do whatever we want? Hardly! Or, as Paul says, “By no means!” Rather, Jesus’ precious blood calls us to live — not only for Him — but because of Him! Though grace increases with sin, we are not to go on sinning! The prodigal son comes home; he doesn’t go back to the pigs to wallow in mud and eat moldy corn husks. Neither should we!

 

“Blessed Assurance: To The Praise Of His Glory” ( John 17: 20, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


Jesus prays for all believers before His death on the cross of Calvary. First He prays for His disciples, then He takes time to pray “for those who believe in [Him] through [the] message” of His disciples. He prays to His Father, requesting, “May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I Am in You. May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me.” (John 17:21)

“Holy Father, protect them by Your Name that You have given Me, so that they may be one as We are one.” (John 17: 11) “I pray for them… for those You have given Me, because they are Yours. Everything I have is Yours, and everything You have is Mine, and I have been glorified in them.” (John 17:9-10)

Believers belong to God, the Father. We have belonged to God from “before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4), having been “predestined…to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace.” (Ephesians 1:5-6)

Believers are “also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. He is the down payment of our inheritance, for the redemption of the possession,” once again, “to the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14)

Finally, “together with Christ Jesus [God the Father] also raised us up and seated us in the heavens, so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6-7) “For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

“Never Cast Out” ( John 6: 37, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


Jesus says, “Everyone the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me: that I should lose none of those He has given Me but should raise them up on the last day.” (John 6: 37-39)

 

Jesus Himself says that God’s will is that all who come to Jesus will be “raised up on the last day.” Jesus will “lose none of those [God] has given [Him].” Paul explains, “For it is God who is working in [us], enabling [us] both to desire and to work out His good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)

 

We will be raised up on the last day as members of the family of God because “our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly await for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” And when Jesus comes, “He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious body, by the power that enables Him to subject everything to Himself.” (Philippians 3:20-21)

 

“[God] demonstrates this power in the Messiah by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand in the heavens — far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put everything under His feet and appointed Him head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of the One who fills all things in every way.” (Ephesians 1:20-23)

 

We are the church; and as such, we are subject to His authority. His power, which is demonstrated in His resurrection, guarantees our relationship with Him — He is our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. We wait eagerly for Him, for He is “far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion.” As Paul says, “If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything? Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies.” (Romans 8:31-33)

“God’s Purpose Will Not Fail” ( John 1: 1 – 3, NEB ) by Carley Evans


John tells us: “When all things began, the Word already was. The Word dwelt with God, and what God was, the Word was. The Word, then, was with God at the beginning, and through Him all things came to be; no single thing was created without Him.”

 

Paul reiterates that “it is in Christ that the complete being of the Godhead dwells embodied.” (Colossians 2:9)

Therefore, since Christ is God, “our release is secured and our sins are forgiven through the shedding of His blood.” (Ephesians 1:7) “In Christ indeed we have been given our share in the heritage, as was decreed in His design whose purpose is everywhere at work.” (Ephesians 1:11)

 

We need not worry. “We are citizens of heaven, and from heaven we expect our deliverer to come, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20) “The Lord is near; have no anxiety.” (Philippians 4:6)

 

“Of one thing I am certain,” writes Paul, “the One who started the good work in you will bring it to completion by the Day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)