“‘They shall be Mine,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘On the day that I make them My jewels.’” Malachi 3:17
Jewels are precious things; the Hebrew word for jewels means a treasure. A treasure is made up of costly things: gold, and diamonds and rubies. To God, Christians are His jewels, His own special treasure!
They are jewels for their sparkling quality.
Their holiness shines and sparkles in God’s eyes! They “shine like stars in the universe.” (Phil 2:15)
The godly are jewels for their scarcity.
Diamonds are not common. In the same way, the godly are scarce and rare. There are only a few to be found. There are many false professors (just as there are many fake diamonds) but few true Christians.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matt 7:13-14)
The godly are jewels for their price.
God values the saints so highly that He parted with His best jewel to obtain them — Christ’s precious blood was shed to ransom these jewels! “With your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” (Rev 5:9)
Christians are jewels for their beauty.
Christians are jewels which adorn the world. Hypocrites dishonor true religion and give it a bad name but living a godly life honors the gospel. “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matt 5:16)
God the Father has chosen these jewels, and has set them apart for Himself.
Christ has bought these jewels with His blood.
The Holy Spirit has sanctified them.
They were sin but He made them into His jewels! Thank God who has brought such a change in you! From lumps of dirt and sin — He has made you into His jewels!
- Thomas Watson