Then came the Jews round about him, and said to him, How long do you make us to doubt? If you be the Christ, tell us plainly.…
"I want to talk to you about heaven," said a dying parent to a member of his family, "we may not be spared to each other long." His beloved daughter exclaimed, "Surely you do not think there is any danger." He replied, calmly, "Danger, my darling! Oh, do not use that word. There can be no danger to the Christian whatever may happen. All is right! All is well! God is love! All is well! Everlastingly well! Everlastingly well!
My Father which gave them Me. — If He was given them, then —
I. HE IS THEIR ABSOLUTE PROPRIETOR. This is undeniable. All souls are His.
II. IT MUST BE IN HARMONY WITH THEIR OWN FREE CONSENT. Souls cannot be given away as material objects can. They are essentially free, and the great Father would not outrage the nature of His offspring.
III. IT IS NOT IN SUCH A WAY AS TO INVOLVE THE RENUNCIATION OF HIS CLAIM UPON THEM. When we give a thing away, we cease to have any right to it. God will never relinquish His right to the existence, love, reverence and service of souls. Indeed in this passage Christ tells us that they are still in His Father's hand.
(D. Thomas, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.