Owned by Jesus (Bridges)

Several times in the New Testament we read that God’s people are “owned” by the Lord. For example, Peter writes that Christians are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a people of his own…” (NET; emphasis mine). The same theme also shows up in Titus 2:14, 1 Corinthians 6:20, and a few other places. Jerry Bridges did a good job of explaining what it means to belong to Christ, to be “owned” by him:

We have been set apart to be Christ’s own possession. This is the language of ownership. As saints we no longer “own” ourselves in the sense that we are free to live as we please. Rather, as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, ‘You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.’ A saint is someone who no longer belongs to or ‘owns’ himself. The name on the title to his life is no longer the name he is known by. The titleholder to the life of every Christian is Jesus Christ. This is what it means for Christ to be [our] Lord.

…In today’s Christian culture, this is actually a radical concept, if not an outright offensive one. We regularly talk about how we may choose to give something to God. I give some of my money or my time. The clear implication of this kind of language is not only that all my possessions are my own, but that I, too, belong entirely to myself, and I go through life making choices about how I will invest in my time, my energy, and my resources.

The Bible has an entirely different perspective: none of these things are your own. Indeed, you are not your own. You were bought with a price, the price being the blood of the Son of God shed for your salvation. Having been purchased, you no longer belong to yourself. …Our whole outlook on life should be colored by the fact that, as saints, we no longer belong to ourselves, but to him.

Like the Heidelberg Catechism says so well, one aspect of my only comfort in life and in death is that I belong to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ!

The above quote is found on pages 66-68 of Who Am I by Jerry Bridges.

Shane Lems
Hammond, WI, 54015