GOD KEEPS US
Leslie M. John
"Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (Jude Ch 1 vs 24-25)
We see how closely knit are the scriptures from John Chapter 10 to that of Jude 1:24-25. In John Chapter 10 there is an abundant evidence of how gracious our Lord Jesus Christ is. He says that he will not allow believers in him to be plucked from his hand by Satan. Jesus says that all the believers in him are given to him by the Father to be in him. The believers are in him to bear fruit for him. (John 15:5)
"For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ”. (Galatians 3:27)
The Holy Spirit indwells the believers from the very time they have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Believers in Christ are sealed with the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13)
No matter what the temptations are; but God provides a way for the believers to escape from such temptations. God would chasten the believer and bring him back to his fold; but he will not allow Satan to pluck the believer from his hands. The Son of God paid his precious blood as price for buying the believers to be in him. God is able to keep us from falling and preserve his purchased possession. When God chastises a believer it is to be borne in mind that the chastening is not for punishing and casting away the believer from his fold but to make him more secure in him that the believer may bear fruit for the Lord.
”There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it”. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Jesus presents the believers in him as faultless before the presence of the Almighty God with exceeding joy. When the Father sees the believer he does not see any sin in him. All that he sees is the blood of Jesus that covered the sin. We should always be thankful to the Lord our Savior for showing such great mercy towards us and saving us from eternal damnation. Let the glory be unto our God, his majesty, whose dominion and power will be everlasting both now and for ever.
John saw in his vision a Lamb standing on the mount Sion, and with him were an hundred forty and four thousand who had the Father's name written in their foreheads. (Revelation 14:1) These are the twelve tribes of Israel who are saved but not before facing the "Great Tribulation”. Every one of them has the Father’s name written on their foreheads. God is their Father and they are His people and God keeps his covenant to seal them unto salvation. However, any one who is saved now in this grace period, irrespective of Jew or Gentile, is blessed above them. Let us be thankful to the Lord for showing such marvelous love towards us. We are the members of his body and He is the head. Let us be thankful to God that we are spared from facing the "Great Tribulation”. The Church is his bride and we will be caught up when the Lord himself descends from heaven. We will be with the Lord for ever and ever. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14)