What does this four letter word mean? One meaning refers to possession. An object or person that belongs to you. So we talk about my wife, my husband, my children, my car, my home etc. Yet for those of us who are believers in the Lord Jesus, we need to be careful that we do not over emphasis or covet these things. The reason being that for the Christian all that we have or ‘possess’ is a gift from God. It is in fact on loan to use which needs to be used, for the Lord’s honour and glory.
As we read through the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, we find God declaring that certain things are His, they ‘ARE MINE’ is the expression often used. It is vital to clearly emphasis the Bible’s teaching that God is the creator and sustainer of the heavens and the earth. THEY ARE HIS (Psalm 19: 1-2 – Psalm 33:6-9; also read Psalm 146 - 148).
There were special claims in God’s dealing with the Children of Israel as He taught them the purposes and reasons He had called them out of Egypt to make them a people for HIMSELF: ‘I bore you on eagles wings and brought you to MYSELF’ (Exodus 19:4-5). In the following verses the Lord speaks in a fuller way. The promise He gives is that if the people will keep His covenant then they shall be a special treasure (NKJ) or treasured possession (ESV) to Him above all people, for the earth is HIS.
THE OLD COVENANT – GOD’S PERSONAL CLAIMS
‘All that open the womb are MINE’ (Exodus 13:2 & 34:19)
‘I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be MINE’ (Leviticus 20:26)
‘The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is MINE’ (Leviticus 25:23)
‘You are MY witnesses’ (Isaiah 43:10 & 12, 44:8) Also spoken by the Lord Jesus to His disciples just before He ascended to His Father in glory (Acts 1:8)
‘I have called you by your name, you are MINE’ (Isaiah 43:1-11, 49:16, 51:4 & 16)
‘For the transgressions of MY people He was stricken’ (Isaiah 53:8). This verse tells us why the Servant of Yahweh (Jehovah), the Lord Jesus, was crucified.
In the two verses of Malachi 3:16-17 we are reminded of the ‘Book of Remembrance’ that was written before Him for those who fear the Lord. The Lord of hosts then states that they shall be MINE on the day that I make up MY jewels (NKJ margin ‘special treasure’).
We need to remember that these quotations were made in the first instance to the people of Israel, the Jews, under the Old Covenant. The wonder is that so many can also be applied to those who called sons and daughters of God under the New Covenant.
THE NEW COVENANT – THE SAVIOUR’S CLAIMS
The gift of the Father to the Son: ‘the men You have GIVEN ME out of the world. They were YOURS, You GAVE THEM TO ME’ (John 17:6)
‘All MINE are Yours, and Yours are MINE’ (John 17:9-11)
When we come to the New Testament, under the New Covenant, we find that there is a different emphasis. This is due to the fact that those who are born again, having been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19) are bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 & 7:23), we are not our own. The great and marvellous truth is that God the Father sees us as ‘IN CHRIST’, in His beloved Son. ‘There is now no condemnation to those who are IN CHRIST JESUS’ (Romans 8:1). Have you dear reader ever really considered the depth, the richness of this statement?
As we read the words of our Lord Jesus, as recorded in John’s Gospel Record, we are reminded of His words about the unity of the Godhead: ‘I and My Father are One’ (John 10:30 & 14:11). Our utter dependence on our Saviour: ‘without Me you can do nothing’ (John 15:11). ‘You did not choose Me, but I chose you’ (John 15:16).
When we consider the magnitude of the Gospel of our Salvation, all that has been done for us, who once were dead in trespasses and sins and without hope, we are left in wonder praise and gratitude to the mercy and loving-kindness of our God.
The words of Anna Hudson seem to sum up so much of our personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ:
Dear Saviour Thou are mine, How sweet the thought to me!
Let me repeat Thy Name, And lift my heart to Thee.
Thou art the sinner’s friend, So I Thy friendship claim,
A sinner saved by grace, When Thy sweet message came.
My hardened heart was touched, Thy pardoning voice I heard,
And joy and peace came in, While listening to Thy Word.
So let me sing Thy praise, So let me call Thee mine,
I cannot doubt Thy Word, I know that I am Thine.
Mine! Mine! Mine! I know that Thou art mine,
Saviour, dear Saviour, I know that Thou art mine.
The chorus centres one’s thoughts, that the Lord Jesus belongs to us by faith, that He is ours, which is so true. But should we not rather focus our thoughts more on that we belong by grace to Him. Our greatest security is for us to know that we are HIS.
So the chorus can also be:
Thine! Thine! Thine! I know that I am Thine,
Saviour, dear Saviour, I know that I AM THINE.