We Belong To God
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Read Psalm 100:1-5
It is true that all people belong to God, as creatures to their Creator, as property to its owner, as subjects to their ruler. All things and all people were made by God and for God and all are ruled by God's sovereign will. This is God's right as the absolute Sovereign of all his creatures (Rom. 9:15-26). But we who believe belong to God as a child belongs to its father, as a wife to her husband, as a willing bondslave to his master. Ours is an intimate, loving, family relationship with the eternal God.
We belong to God by the sovereign purpose of his grace. In eternity God said, 'I will be their God; and they shall be my people.' Were it not for God's electing grace, no one would ever be saved. Indeed, were it not for God's election and determination to save some, the world would never have been created. We belong to God because he chose us as his own (2 Thess. 2:13-14).
We are the Lord's by the special purchase of his Son. 'Ye are bought with a price,' Paul said. It is not expected that the ungodly and unbelieving should seek the honour of Christ. They were not redeemed by him. But it is most reasonable that we should willingly give ourselves to the service of our Saviour's glory. He brought us out from under the curse of the law (Gal. 3:13).
Again, we belong to our God by the saving power of his Spirit (Eph. 2:1-4; Psa. 110:3). We were lost, helpless, depraved and spiritually dead. But the Spirit of God came to us and called us to life. He created faith in our hearts and brought us to Christ by his sovereign, irresistible power and grace. He made us willing, voluntary bondslaves of the Lord Jesus Christ.
And we belong to God by the solemn profession of our faith. Believers, following their Lord in baptism, publicly declare to all the world their faith in and heart allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:4-6). Baptism is the believer's obedient, public confession of faith. It identifies him as one who belongs to God. Since we belong to God, it is only reasonable that we should glorify God in our bodies and in our spirits, which are God's.