The Keeping Power of GodBro. David Chancellor
2/13/2011 6:00 PM
Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
This people were sanctified by God the Father and preserved in Jesus. We want to keep a pure heart. Purification puts us in a good relationship with God, but we need to keep that relationship for our whole lives. This talks about the keeping power of God.
God can cleanse us, but we need him to keep us, too. We need him to preserve us from all things that would turn us aside. It could be as small as a root of bitterness or bad attitude. God has grace to help us endure all sorts of things. Preserved means kept by the power of God.
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
This was Jesus’ prayer for his people as he went back to God. It was going to change the way the relationship happened. They wouldn’t talk to him in the flesh anymore.
“And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” We can’t afford to let the world work evil in us. Jesus wants us to go to the world and be an example. He doesn’t keep us by pulling us away from the world. He keeps us from sin as we interact with them.
Christ’s desire and plan was that we live in a wicked and sinful world, but be kept pure. The Spirit of God within us is the power that keeps us pure in a wicked and sinful world.
1 Peter 1:3-5
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
We, too, will receive a glorified body some day when we get home to heaven. We have something in heaven that will be much better than here. We need to be kept by God here to the very end so we can have it. We need the preserving and keeping power of God in our lives so we can claim the prize as our own. “Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” We need God’s keeping grace.
1 Timothy 5:19-22
Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.
“…keep thyself pure.” We want to have a good standing with God. When we go to God for help, we want to know we will have good standing when we get there. We want to walk where we can call on God for any need, whether our own or needs of others. Be ready to go to God and plead with him for any need. Keep pure before God.
“Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” If everyone has to sin, then they all need a rebuke. God delivers us and wants us to be kept that way. There is increase and growing in grace. We can’t grow into grace. Works won’t bring us into the grace of God, but when we are brought into grace there is room for growth.
Keep yourself in God’s will. Keep focused on him. You can’t keep yourself pure, but by his grace we can live to please him. Fill up your heart with good. Get the Spirit of God within and he can keep you.
1 Thessalonians 5:21-24
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
We need to check things out, for our own good. We’re exposed to many things. We want to weight them to see if it is a good thing for us, or not. If it produces bad things in you, let it go. Hold off from evil in all its forms. If it is good, hold onto it. The Word and Spirit can show us what we need to know. Your whole being needs God’s purity. “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This includes all of you. When you are completely God’s, all of your being can be preserved blameless by the Spirit dwelling in you. God has high expectations. He wants a people above everything else. God wants a pure people now. Our lives should bring glory to his name.
“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” We can’t keep ourselves without the Spirit of God. We need God to work in us and for us what is needed to make it possible to live for him all our lives. God can keep you pure to the end. God is faithful to you. God’s grace is sufficient. The battles we fight change as we grow older. God is still able to keep us. Jesus fully intended that he would keep us pure if we would stay in his will and walk with him.
2 Timothy 1:8-14
Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For the which cause 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 that which I have committed unto him against that day. Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
Paul wrote to Timothy, a younger man Paul had met in his travels who helped carry the gospel, and advised him to be ready to experience trials for the gospel. God choose us for a purpose. We don’t understand all he’s doing, but we do know that whatever he requires of us he’ll help us do. “For the which cause 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 that which I have committed unto him against that day.” God is able to keep everything that concerns us if we’ll leave it in his hands. Keep things committed to God and trust him with them.
“Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.” We need the Holy Spirit to keep us. The Holy Spirit must abide in us to keep us. He is able to keep us spotless, blameless until we pass from this life to eternity. Seek God to lead you and reveal to you what is right. Things will come to try and test you. Paul wanted Timothy to know God would keep him and bring him through to victory. Turn to God to give you the victory. Our final reward depends on us being faithful to the end. God purifies your heart and gives grace to keep you. Be serious and committed about serving God all your days and staying pure. The devil will challenge you and try to put things there to turn you aside. God has grace for you. God can keep us all the way to the end. Without God we can do nothing. We need him to help us walk in the Spirit of God until we reach our eternal reward.