January 21 Reflecting God’s Ownership

You were sealed with the Holy Spirit “with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory” (Eph. 1:14).

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Someday God will take full possession of all that is rightfully His.

Yesterday we saw that God seals us with the Holy Spirit as a pledge of our eternal inheritance. Here Paul says He does so “with a view to the redemption of [His] own possession.” That refers to the day when God will take full possession of all that is rightfully His.

Satan, to a certain degree, usurped God’s rulership to become the “god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4), and the whole world currently lies under his power (1 John 5:19). Consequently, all creation is in bondage to decay and “groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time” (Rom. 8:22, NIV). It eagerly awaits the time when the curse of Genesis 3 will be reversed, all Christians will be fully glorified, and sin will be eternally vanquished. What a glorious time that will be!

You are God’s special possession because you are His by redemption as well as by creation. In Revelation 5:9 the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders sing to the Lord, “Worthy art Thou … for Thou wast slain, and didst purchase for God with Thy blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” In Acts 20:28 Paul charged the Ephesian elders to guard carefully “the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.”

That makes you a priceless commodity to God—part of “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God” (1 Peter 2:9–10).

As God’s special possession, you should reflect His ownership and sovereign rule in everything you do. Remember, “you are not your own … for you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Cor. 6:19–20).

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God that you are His treasured possession. ✧ Seek His Spirit’s leading in proclaiming His excellencies to others through your words and deeds. ✧ Ask Him to teach you to esteem other believers as highly as He does.

For Further Study: Read Ephesians 2:1–13, noting the spiritual privileges and responsibilities that are yours in Christ.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 33). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

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