Question 1: What is your only comfort in life and in death?

Answer: That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, who with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins, and redeemed me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that all things must work together for my salvation.  Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live unto Him.

Are you serious?!  How can being owned by another be remotely comforting?!  Well, it depends on the one to whom you belong.  If you were to belong to an evil tyrant, you would rightfully be terrified.  If a well-intentioned but absent-minded person owned you, you would have reason to be perpetually concerned.  But if one that is loving, all-powerful, good, and righteous took you into his fold, you could find great comfort.

And this is the supreme comfort the Christian has in belonging to the Lord Jesus Christ.  We no longer belong to Adam’s fallen race nor are we under the “the prince of the power of the air”.  A Savior has given all of Himself for us, in order that all of who we are would belong to Him.

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