Read: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
When a piece of news, good or bad, becomes common knowledge, someone may ask, “Haven’t you heard?” In chapters five and six of 1 Corinthians, Paul used a similar question to remind the church members at Corinth. Seven times, he challenged them by asking, “Do you not know?” (1 Cor. 5:6; 6:2,3,9,15,16,19).
Concerning how you belong to God, A. B. Simpson said, “What a privilege that we may consecrate ourselves! What rest and comfort lie hidden in those words, ‘not your own.’ I am not responsible for my salvation, not burdened by my cares, not obliged to live for my interest, but I am altogether His. I am redeemed, owned, saved, loved, and kept in His strong, unchanging arms. Oh, the rest from sin and self and anxiety-producing care which true consecration brings. To be able to give Him our poor weak life, with its awful possibilities and its utter helplessness. To know He will accept it, and take a joy and pride in making out of it the utmost possibilities of blessing, power, and usefulness. To give all, and find in so doing that we have gained all. To be so yielded to Him in entire self-surrender that He is bound to care for us as for Himself. We are putting ourselves in the hands of a loving Father, more solicitous for our good than we can be, and only wanting us to be fully submitted to Him that He may be more free to bless us.”
We need to always keep in mind that we do not own ourselves. God owns us because He bought us at an astounding price. Your salvation – though a free gift to you – was no “cheap grace” from God. Rather, it cost Him “the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Pet. 1:19). Haven’t you heard?