#434 (9/9/21) - HE WILL KEEP YOU TO THE END - (1 COR. 1:8)
This week our devotions are based on 1 Corinthians 1:1-9.
'He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.' (1 Corinthais 1:8)
HE WILL KEEP YOU
The Lord will provide all that we need to be strong and faithful to Him. We all experience weakness, temptation and failure, but God will always restore us and help us. The race of life is long and we may wonder sometimes if we can make it. However, the Father gives His Spirit so as to sustain us and make us flourish. He said these words to His people,
‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.’ (Exodus 19:4)
'Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defence; he has become my salvation.’ (Isaiah 12:2)
The Lord carries us each day. He sustains us. He walks with us.
TO THE END
‘The end’ and ‘the day of our Lord Jesus Christ’ is His coming again. He is coming to restore all things and destroy all sin and demonic powers. This is our great hope. This is what we are waiting for. This is our eternal destination and vision. If you have received Jesus as Lord and Saviour, you will be there! He will keep you firm in faith. We believe in the doctrine of ‘the final perseverance of the saints’; all true Christians will be kept faithful to the end. Charles Spurgeon wrote,
‘God is always thinking upon us, never turns aside His mind from us, has us always before His eyes; and this is precisely as we would have it, for it would be dreadful to exist for a moment beyond the observation of our heavenly Father. His thoughts are always tender, loving, wise, prudent, far-reaching, and they bring to us countless benefits: hence it is a choice delight to remember them. The Lord always did think upon His people: hence their election and the covenant of grace by which their salvation is secured; He always will think upon them: hence their final perseverance by which they shall be brought safely to their final rest. In all our wanderings the watchful glance of the Eternal Watcher is evermore fixed upon us--we never roam beyond the Shepherd's eye.’ (C. H. Spurgeon)