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All Things are Yours

"Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's." (1 Corinthians 3:21)

Whom we belong to determines what belongs to us. St. Paul was really upset at the divisiveness in the church which was based on whom the people like and followed. Some were in the Paul gang, others were in Apollos gang while still others were in Peter's gang. St. Paul reiterated that a believer had all access to all the resources of God. If we get divisive and carnal, we might lose it all. Honoring the men of God is important but doing politics and creating a divide in the spiritual body of Christ is a dangerous trend.

We have to appreciate and appropriate all the resources available. Paul goes to say that they were rich in every way as they had the ministry benefits of Paul, Apollos and Peter. The world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come all things were theirs. This understanding was based on the truth that all things belong to Christ. Today just take a glance around, all what you see belongs to Christ. When we belong to Christ, it belongs to us rightfully too. The old Sunday School Song goes like this - "He's got the whole world in His hands". He has got us all in His hands and when we have the Lord Jesus, all things belong to us. Never forget this relationship sequence. All things belong to us as we belong to Christ all because Christ belongs to God, who owns it all.

For further reading: Ephesians 1:21-23, Romans 8:38