Experiencing (And Embracing) the Theology of Thievery
“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” – Matthew 10:28
Oh how things in this life can be taken from you! Your spouse could be taken from you through the snare of an adulterous relationship. Your precious children could be taken from you by heinous actions of kidnappers or child predators. You could be cheated in a business transaction, or even robbed of personal possessions through various avenues of thievery. You could even become a victim of identity theft. Your reputation could be stolen through character assassination. Your words could be stolen by way of plagiarism. Your property can be taken from you by the state to designate a bird sanctuary or to build another highway. Your freedom to worship God could be snuffed out under the banner of political correctness. Even basic personal freedoms could be stripped from you by the iron fist of an unbridled government. Man could even cut out your tongue in an attempt to stifle your speech for God. Then, they might even slice off your hands so you will quit writing about God. And when it is all said and done, you might even lose your life for the cause of Christ and the sake of the gospel. But there is one thing that cannot be taken from you. It is your soul.
The soul is the one thing mortal man cannot touch. They might be successful in destroying the body, but they cannot kill your soul. Eternally etched into the foundations of time is the saved soul. Ephesians 1:4-5 says, “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love, He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will.” Before the foundations of the world and the hallways of time, the believer’s soul was firmly framed and cemented in God’s covenantal love. It is a union with God that cannot be removed, cracked, busted up, challenged, amended, or annulled. It cannot be stripped, shaken or destroyed. The Christian’s eternal security is forever anchored in the stable rock of God’s unfathomable and everlasting love. The sands of time and the waters of this temporal world cannot destroy God’s covenantal love for His children. Dear Christian friend; what a glorious thing to know that our souls has been forever stitched into the tapestry of God’s eternal love; a love that will never unravel, snag, or fray! You can be robbed of much by the hands of men, and he can strip much from your possession, but his grubby hands will never gain access to your eternal soul.
But this understanding can be expanded to God Himself. God cannot be taken from you dear child of God. Whether you are locked in a cage, or exiled to a barren land, God is forever with you. No matter what is snatched from your hands, you cannot be snatched from the loving hands of God. Man might rob you of your gold, but he will never rob you of your God. Puritan author Thomas Brooks summed it up when he wrote, “Our God is a safe portion, a secure portion. He is a portion that no one can rob you of. He is a portion that no one can touch or take from you. He is a portion that no one can cheat or spoil you of. God is such a portion, that no friend, no foe, and no devil can ever rob you of. O Christians, God is so yours in Christ, and so yours by covenant, and so yours by promise, and so yours by purchase, and so yours by conquest, and so yours by marriage union and communication, and so yours by the earnest of the Spirit, and yours by the feelings and witnesses of the Spirit, that no power on earth can ever pilfer your portion, or cheat, or rob you of your portion.”
– Pastor Eric