1 Corinthians 3:23, “and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God.” Think about the profound meaning of that statement, “and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God.” Jesus in His high priestly prayer to the Father said, “I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours; and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them.” (Jn 17:9-10, NASB) All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Jesus. All authority belongs to both the Father and the Son. Nothing can hurt us, because we are His position. The 18 th century Colonial Pastor-Theologian Jonathon Edwards believed that the purpose for creation was to create a kingdom for the Son of God and a people for His own possession. 1 1 Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Owen Strachan, The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015), 109-110.