Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved me before the creation of the world. – John 17:24
How came the saints to be Christ’s?
They are His because He chose them. Ere the worlds were made, out of all the rest of mankind He selected them. He knew the race would fall, and become unworthy of the faculties with which He endowed them, and the inheritance He had assigned them. To Him belonged the sovereign prerogative that He might have mercy on whom He would have mercy; and He, out of His own absolute will, and according to the counsel of His own good pleasure, made choice severally and individually of certain persons, and He said, “These are mine.” Their names were written in His book: they became His portion and His heritage. Having chosen them of old so many ages ago, rest assured He will not lose them now. Men prize that which they have long had. If there is a thing that was mine but yesterday, and it is lost today, I might not fret about it; but if I have long possessed it, and called it my patrimony, I would not willingly part with it. Sheep of Christ, ye shall be His for ever, because ye have been His from ever. They are Christ’s sheep, because His Father gave them to Him. They were the gift of the Father to Christ. He often speaks of them in this way. “As many as Thou hast given Me:” “Thou hast given them Me,” saith He, over and over again. Of old, the Father gave His people to Christ. Separating them from among men, He presented them to Him as a gift, committed them into His hand as a trust, and ordained them for Him as the lot of His inheritance. Thus they become a token of the Father’s love to His only begotten Son, a proof of the confidence He reposed in Him, and a pledge of the honor that shall be done unto Him. ~ C.H. Spurgeon