“And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.” (Malachi 3:17)
Undoubtedly, the day of judgment is being referred to here. It is the time when Christ returns in the clouds with great splendor to set up His rightful kingdom. In that day, God will not forget those who are truly His. The false professor, the apostate, and the religious hypocrite will all be condemned together, but the God-fearing will be delivered. It is worth taking note of the fact that God does not promise a present deliverance from the circumstances which these believers were facing. The believer is never guaranteed that he will be physically rescued from the hands of the wicked; however, he is guaranteed that the one who saved him will keep him all the way into glory. The word translated jewels has the idea of personal property which is very valuable and unique. God considers each one of His people to be of the utmost value since each one is individually purchased by the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
As wickedness abounds, and mankind drifts further and further from God, it is easy for the Christian to lose sight of what the future holds for him. It is best for the believer to constantly keep Christ's return in view. Not only will it be of great encouragement, but it will also encourage a godly fear which brings about righteous living, as I John 3:2-3 declares, “...but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”