Keeping power of God, or staying power of man

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We are saved by the keeping power of God and not by our staying power no matter how righteous we may be.

God teaches us in His word that He keeps us unto salvation. Four dimensions of God keep us in His saving hand.  These are: the Son of God, the power of God, the promises of God and the Love of God.

The Son of God keeps us

The Lord Jesus is our High Priest

The Lord Jesus is not only our substitute sacrifice; He is also our high priest.  Without the Lord as savior, we would be lost and without hope, but without the Lord as intercessor we would never persevere.

Only the Lord Jesus as a high priest before God can maintain our salvation.  The only way we can maintain our salvation is because He is praying and interceding for us.

Therefore, He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.   Hebrews 7:25

The power of God keeps us

God is the one that keeps and guards us.

The keeping of our salvation does not depend on our believing, but on the protecting and keeping power of God.  We do not keep ourselves; God keeps us.

It is by grace through faith that we receive the salvation of God but it is by grace through His power, not our faith, that we receive God’s keeping.

. . . who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:5

Do you really think that you are the one that clings to God through your faith, or that it is God who clings to you by His power? To be kept by the power of God means that if it were possible for us to be lost it would not be our fault, but His.  Our faith may limit the manifestation of God’s power in many things subsequent to salvation but our faith never limits His power to keep us.  That is irreverent thinking because God keeps us; therefore, we cannot lose our salvation.

We can divide salvation into three stages.  The salvation mentioned here refers to the last stage, glorification.  Therefore, the Lord guards us until the end.  Salvation is something entirely attributed to God.

If the preservation of our salvation depended upon us, we would not be able to hold onto it even for a few hours, much less for the rest of our life.  However, if the Lord Jesus keeps us, then indeed we will be kept.

For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.  2 Timothy 1:12

God will keep everything that Paul entrusted to Him until the return of Jesus. Therefore, we are saved at all times until that day. If someday I went to hell it would not be a huge loss in the eyes of the world, but for the glory of God, the loss would mean a lot.  This would damage His glory because it would mean that He had not kept me well.  Because of His glory, we can say that there is no way to lose the salvation of God.

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.  Jude 1:24-25

Since the Word of God states that the Lord is powerful to keep us from stumbling and falling, we can safely affirm that He does keep us.  The big question is not if we are or are not capable of keeping our salvation.  The question is if the Lord is capable of preserving our salvation.  Scripture teaches that He is capable of preserving our salvation and He in fact does preserve it!

How does God keep us?  He keeps us by hiding our lives together with Christ.

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.   Colossians 3:3

For us the life of God can only be lost if God Himself were to be lost.  Thank God, He will never be lost.  As a result, the life that He placed within us also will never be lost.

The promises of God keep us

Once you and I are saved by grace, no one can cast us out of God’s hand, and so that we have assurance of this, God gave us promises that we would never be lost.

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.  John 5:24

God is eternal and everything He does is for eternity.  God would not save someone today, then turn around, and throw him or her in hell tomorrow.  He will not save them again on the next day and then cast them in Hell again.  If that were the case, the book of life would be full of eraser marks.  God does not change His purposes for someone who becomes one of His children.

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.  I and My Father are one.”   John 10:28-30

The Lord said, “No man is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand”.  In the original Greek, no man meant “no created thing”.  We are in the hands of God and no created thing can take us out of His hand.  Thank God, nothing is greater than He is.

Some say: “The truth is that others can’t pluck me out, but I myself can leave”.  Whoever says this is failing to consider all of the Word of God.  If after a person receives salvation he could later lose it, could it be because he wanted to, that he no longer valued heaven and rather chose hell?  Not even the sinner living in the world wants to go to hell.  Not even Satan wishes to go to Hell!  Those who act as if they do not care obviously do not have the slightest idea of what waits for them in Hell.

For a Christian to perish then, it must mean that the temptations of the world and the seduction of the enemy are able to deceive them and pluck them out of the hand of God. If demons and the world can do this, then we must conclude that they are more powerful than the Father of creation is.  No my friend, not even you can jump out of the hand of God because you were included in the “no created thing” who could pluck them from the Father’s hand referred to in John’s epistle.

The Love of God keeps us

Our Heavenly Father keeps our salvation for us; therefore, we can know that we are safe from eternal damnation now and always will be.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?  Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.   Romans 8:31-39

Our salvation is not a matter of us loving the Lord, but of Him loving us.  Once He gave us His salvation, it is ours eternally.  Nobody can change or alter this fact.  We are saved eternally.

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