Devotions

Our Eternal Protection

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 10 February 2017

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READ:

1 Peter 1:5

5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Jude 1:24-25

24 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, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

EXHORTATION:

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ccording to Apostle Peter, apart from the eternal inheritance, there is yet another privilege that we receive upon our regeneration, and it is our eternal protection. He says that believers are "are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."

The word "kept" is a military word that means "guarded" or "shielded." The tense of the verb further reveals that we are constantly guarded by God till we reach heaven. God promises not only to save us from our sins, but to keep us saved.

The salvation of our souls and all its spiritual blessings are guarded not by mean and feeble men, nor even by the angles, but by the "power of God." No enemy, not even all the diabolical powers of hell can ever destroy our salvation and spiritual inheritance, as God, the omnipotent is our defense. Who could breakthrough the Almighty's protection and snatch us away?

Our Lord Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand" (John 10:27-29). Yes, we are garrisoned by the power of God!

The channel through which we experience this protecting and preserving power of God is faith. So Peter wrote, " kept by the power of God through faith." Constant exercise of faith in Christ and His promises, enables us to be confident of the Lord's presence and protection in our lives. If we fail to trust His promises such as that we read from John 10:27-29, we will be assailed with doubt and fear. But if we trust His words that He will keep us from falling or being snatched away by the evil one, then we can find refreshing rest and rejuvenating hope in His keeping. No wonder Paul commanded us, saying "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked" (Ephesians 6:16)! Faith in our Lord's promise to preserve us enables us to rest in His power.

We are kept by the power of God "unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." The phrase "ready to be revealed" proves that our salvation’s full manifestation is yet to come. When Jesus returns, He will remove the veil and give us the full view of our salvation. Then we shall enjoy the fullness of the privileges of our salvation in Christ Jesus.

THOUGHT:

Jesus gives us ever-lasting life and never-lasting life.

PRAYER:

"Lord, may my soul find rest always in Thy promise of keeping"