Part of understanding our purpose for being here on earth is recognizing the eternal, unchangeable power of God’s ownership. Before we get to the verses in John’s Gospel, I want to point you to Paul’s understanding of God’s ownership; “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19b-20; also 7:23). That price was “the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot” (1 Peter 1:19).
Where is this ownership sealed and maintained? In Jesus prayer to the Father He says, “All mine are Yours, and Yours are mine” (John 17:10). This perfect divine unity extends beyond who God is in character as Father and Son to all they own, since “[Jesus] I and the Father are one” (10:30). In the context of what the Holy Spirit would teach us, Jesus told the disciples, “All that the Father has is mine” (16:15). In addition, the Holy Spirit has sealed us with His mark of ownership (Ephesians 1:13).
In light of this ‘triple’ ownership, it is doubly important that we live accountable and in active pursuit of the will and purpose of God, “knowing that you were ransomed [liberated, or set free] from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers” (1 Peter 1:18). We must cultivate a mind-set that relates everything we do in life to this truth. Otherwise we will spend our lives on pointless and fruitless detours and endeavors.
How you live your life does not just impact tomorrow, but all eternity!
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