Tell Me About Your Disciples

You sneaky high priest!

They’ve pulled the trigger. Operation “Destroy Jesus” has begun. Phase I, arrest in the garden, complete. Now, for the trial. But, what were the charges again? What’s He done wrong? Oh, don’t worry about that, we’ll figure out something. Bring in the prisoner!

Rather than read the charges justifying His arrest, the spokesmen for the Sanhedrin, Caiaphas, starts to ask some questions. It’s been the M.O. of the religious leaders since Jesus began His ministry — get Him talking, test Him with His teaching, try and trip Him up with His own words, and hope that He’ll say something that will condemn Himself. If at first (or second or third or fourth) you don’t succeed, try and try and try again.

The high priest then questioned Jesus about His disciples and His teaching.

(John 18:19 ESV)

Don’t know that I’ve ever really paused to noodle much on the fact that, in addition to His teaching, Caiaphas asked Jesus about His disciples.

Who were they? People of influence? How many were they? Enough to run out of town an oppressive foreign government? Where were they now? Planning a coup? What was their purpose? To oppose Rome? If He could get Jesus to say anything that would hint at any of that, it would be a slam-dunk when he sent Him to Pilate requesting His execution. How come, Pilate could ask? For sedition and insurrection, Caiaphas could claim.

So, that sneaky high priest says to Jesus, “Tell me about Your disciples.”

But Jesus doesn’t take the bait (v.20). Though, in a way, I wish He had.

My disciples? They’re a bunch of fisherman, tax collectors, prostitutes, and thieves and such. Not an “influential” soul among them — at least not in the world’s eyes.

They’re poor in spirit, meek in nature, and hunger and thirst for righteousness. They’re pure in heart and peacemakers at their core. And they consider themselves blessed for being on the wrong side of popular opinion and for being persecuted for righteousness sake, because “their’s is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 5:3-10).

Yeah, the kingdom of heaven. Not all that interested in the kingdoms of men. Let Rome be Rome, they seek first the kingdom of God (Mt. 6:33).

Insurrectionists? Nope. Not really a fighting people. In fact, when Peter pulled His sword in the garden, I told him to put it way (Jn. 18:10-11). My disciples are more likely to turn the other cheek — at least 77 times, maybe as often as 490 times depending on how you translate My words (Mt. 18:22). Don’t get Me wrong, their ready, willing, and equipped for battle, but they know their fight isn’t “against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12). If you ask around, they been known to cast out demons a time or two.

But when it comes to you — you brood of insincere, hypocritical vipers — or to the Roman government and all their self-seeking glory, My disciples are more likely to love you, pray for you, and do good to you rather than take up arms against you (Mt. 5:44, Lk, 6:35).

Tell You about My disciples? They’re the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Mt. 5:13-14). And after you’re done with this sham trial, and your conscious-less execution (which, by the way, I will overturn by rising from the dead), they will become a holy temple, a dwelling place for the living God through the Spirit I send to them (Eph. 2:21-22).

No, Jesus didn’t respond to Caiaphas’s question about His disciples. But if He had . . .

He could have spoken of a people transformed by grace. A people who would purpose to live, as much as lies in them, for the glory of God.

Amen?

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Being Kept, Being Sanctified

Soon they would be soloing. Their three-year apprenticeship would give way to their life’s calling. But the world had changed a lot over the three years since they first met Jesus.

Actually, it wasn’t the world that had changed, it was them. Before meeting Jesus His disciples were of the world, but not anymore. Just as their Master had been in the world but not of the world, so they too now marched to the beat of a different drummer. But their Master was about to leave this world. They however, were not. And just as the world had hated Jesus, it would develop a distaste for His followers as well.

And so, before leaving — before the cross, His burial, His resurrection and ascension — Jesus prays for His disciples. His prayer closet? An upper room in which He has washed their feet, instituted a feast, promised them a Helper, and now, on the eve of His betrayal, intercedes for them. And what does the Son ask of the Father concerning those who are not of this world but will be left in this world? Keep them. Sanctify them.

“I do not ask that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.”

(John 17:15-17 ESV)

Keep them. Sanctify them. Don’t let them out of Your sight. Set them apart as holy. Attend to them carefully. Replicate My character in them completely. Protect them wholly. Make them holy. That’s the ask.

That was Jesus’ prayer for His disciples. But He prayed that night not only for those in the upper room. He prayed as well for those who would come to believe in Jesus, and choose to follow Jesus, through their word (Jn. 17:20). And . . . that would be me.

As a follower of Jesus I too am in the world, not of the world. Shouldn’t be surprised if I end up on the wrong side of popular opinion. Shouldn’t be discouraged if I find myself going against the flow. Also shouldn’t forget that I’ve been prayed for: “Father, keep them, sanctify them.”

Kept through the Helper sent at Pentecost. Sealed by the promised Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come (Eph. 1:13-14).

Sanctified by the truth. A work in progress, being made holy as He is holy through His holy word.

I can be so caught up in “being in the world but not of the world” that I can sometimes think I’m going it alone in the world. Nope. Not the case.

I believe the Father is faithfully answering the Son’s prayer. Keeping me. Sanctifying me. Even as He has said He would never leave me, nor forsake me (Heb. 13:5).

A good reminder this morning. Worth chewing on. Worth resting in.

Being kept. Being sanctified.

By His grace. For His glory.

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Forever Our Shepherd

Learned a new theological term this Fall in our study of the attributes of God – simplicity. God’s simplicity, or to use a more modern term His unity, asserts that God is not a composition of His attributes but that He is His attributes. That there are not many parts to God but that God is One (Deut. 6:4), and all that God is He is fully and wholly. He is not part holy, part love, and part justice. But God is fully and wholly holy while being fully and wholly love while being fully and wholly just. There isn’t a God of the Old Testament and a God of the New. And simplicity is essential to affirming that in His triune being He is not three gods but one God, fully and wholly Father, Son, and Spirit. Simple. Right?

This came to mind this morning as I hovered over Revelation 7. For here I am reminded that not only is God not many parts, but He also doesn’t temporarily play parts. Especially when it comes to God the Son.

For example, Jesus didn’t step into the role of sacrificial Lamb, do what needed to be done, and then step out. Even in glory John sees Him as “a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain” (Rev. 5:6).

Nor, as I read this morning, is our Great Shepherd but a temporary shepherd. But He is our shepherd forever.

“For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and He will guide them to springs of living water . . . ”

(Revelation 7:17a ESV)

The LORD is my shepherd, wrote David (Ps. 23:1). I am the good shepherd, said Jesus (Jn. 10:11,14). And, says the one invited to enter “a door standing open in heaven” (Rev. 4:1), the Lamb in the midst of the throne will, even in heaven, be their shepherd.

Jesus wasn’t just playing a part on earth as the shepherd. Not some temporary role while Immanuel. But Jesus is — yesterday, today, and forever — our shepherd. And He will guide us even through the glories of heaven. He will for eternity provide for us living water. He will always make us to lie down in green pastures.

Forever we will behold the Shepherd. Forever we will be led by the Shepherd.

Fully God, fully man. Fully Lord, fully Lamb.

Our God is one God. Eternal. Without beginning, without end. Both in His essence and in His presence.

Forever our Shepherd.

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

To God simply be the glory.

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Return to Me

I don’t know. Maybe reading the prophets during a pandemic isn’t such a good idea — at least if you don’t want to think about the possibility that God allows what’s happening on earth below in order to point our eyes, tune our ears, and set our hearts on things above.

But what if the prophets’ messages to wayward ancients in Israel are also “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” for us moderns in North America (spoiler alert: they are)? Then maybe we’d do well to at least entertain the thought that the God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, actually operates the same. To at least be willing to have ears to hear what the Spirit might be saying to the churches.

Reading in Amos this morning.

First observation. Nothing happens on earth apart from passing through God’s fingers in heaven.

Does disaster come to a city, unless the LORD has done it?

(Amos 3:6b ESV)

Rhetorical question. Understood answer: No. Because a Sovereign God is, well, sovereign. Even over disaster.

Second observation. It’s not like God woke up one morning and, out of the blue, decided “Today’s the day that I will send My wayward people into exile.” No, He’d been trying to get their attention through tribulations over many iterations so that they might heed the word of the prophet’s revelation (Amos 3:7). But their response, time and again (like 5 times in Amos 3), was the same:

. . . yet you did not return to Me,” declares the LORD.

So, what’s a fellow to do with such information? What’s a guy to do if this is what’s on his plate for meditation?

Perhaps wonder if our current season of “disaster” might not be a time intended for us as God’s people to consider our ways?

Today we don’t have prophets connecting the dots (if there are dots are to be connected), as did God’s people of old. But we do have the Spirit. We do have God’s breathed-out Scriptures. We do have the promise of our King that His thinking would abide in us if we purposed to abide in Him. Seems we have more than enough spiritual resources to discern the connection between what seems to a crucible of circumstance and the impurities that God might want to address by allowing the heat to be turned up.

At the very least, this guy could be asking the question, “God, is there something I need to repent of? How do I need to return to You?” Perhaps not just a question I am to ask as an individual, but perhaps a question we, as the body of Christ, should also be asking of our Head.

Or, as another has so penetratingly put it:

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

(Psalm 139:23-24 ESV)

Again, not wanting to see our current hardships as judgment for today every time I read a prophet from yesterday. But does disaster come unless the LORD has done it? And, if a Sovereign God has allowed a persistent pandemic, could it be, at least in part, a means for purifying His people? Worth asking the questions, I think. Worth praying the prayer:

Search me, O God, and know my heart!

By His grace. For His glory.

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Sights and Sounds Behind the Door

John first hears what the Spirit says to the churches on earth (Rev. 2 & 3), and then in Revelation 4, he’s invited to experience what those who overcome will experience in heaven.

We often refer to the “pearly gates” of heaven. But I’m thinking that, technically, those gates are for the New Jerusalem which comes down from heaven (Rev. 21:10, 21). Instead, when it comes to heaven’s entrance, what John saw was simply “a door standing open in heaven” (Rev. 4:1). Simply, a door. But not “just” a door. This door is a door made open by the finished work of the cross. And it is a door to sights and sounds beyond what we really can imagine.

John sees a throne. What’s more, he sees One on the throne whom he can only describe as resplendent color (4:3). But he doesn’t see Him as but some tranquil light. Instead, from the throne also comes “flashes of lightning” and the ominous, heaven-reverberating sounds of “rumblings and peals of thunder” (4:5). Kind of like what the Israelites experienced around Mt. Sinai so that everyone “in the camp trembled” (Ex. 19:16).

Around the throne? “Living creatures” unlike anything John had ever seen before — almost indescribable (4:6b-8a). But while they too are a sight to behold, it’s what they proclaim without ceasing which provides the “background beat” for life beyond the door — an ever-present, heavenly heartbeat declaring:

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”

(Revelation 4:8b ESV)

Before the throne? “Twenty-four elders” casting their crowns before Him who sits on the throne, face to the ground. A sight to behold. But more so, another sound to be heard:

“Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created.”

(Revelation 4:11 ESV)

But wait! There’s more!

Amidst the throne? “Between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders” (5:6)? A Lamb. Seen as though it had been slain. But seen not in the weakness of a sacrifice. Instead, seen in the power of One worthy to command the end of the age. For, of this Lamb in the midst, heaven’s heralds give voice to His eternal identity:

“. . . behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David . . . ”

(Revelation 5:5 ESV)

The Lion seen as a Lamb once slain. The Lamb Himself, a Lion ready to reign.

Behold heaven’s King! And then, hear heaven sing!

The four living creatures, and the twenty-four elders, join together to sing a new song. A song of One worthy to take the scroll because He was once slain. Worthy to open the seals because He has forever ransomed a people for God. Worthy to reign with them on earth, because He has been given all authority in heaven (5:9-10).

And this heavenly ensemble of 28 is but a catalyst meant to prime the pump for a much bigger choir — “many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands” (5:11). And this heavenly host shatter the sound barrier with their loud voice:

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

(Revelation 5:12 ESV)

And just when John thinks his optic nerves are about to explode, when he feels like his eardrums are about to split, the sights and sounds expand yet again as heaven encompasses earth in a cosmic chorus of worship.

And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

(Revelation 5:13 ESV)

And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” Even so, this guys too says, “Amen!”

And the elders fell down and worshiped. Even so, time for this guy to bow down.

Because of the sights and sounds behind the door.

Seen and heard by faith this morning through the Spirit.

One day soon to be experienced face-to-face through the Son.

Only because of the Father’s everlasting grace.

Always for the Father’s everlasting glory.

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The Days When God Watched Over Me

We’re meant to identify with Job. While the degree of our sufferings might not approach his, our suffering is still our suffering. And we especially connect with Job when we don’t know the why’s or wherefore’s of what we’re going through. And, while Job’s demands for an explanation from God often seem to cross a line when it comes to how one should address the God of the universe, who having suffered doesn’t, at some point, yearn for what Job yearns for? When in the thick of trials who doesn’t long for the good old days? The days when God watched over me.

And Job again took up His discourse, and said: “Oh, that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me, when his lamp shone upon my head, and by his light I walked through darkness, as I was in my prime, when the friendship of God was upon my tent.”

(Job 29:1-4 ESV)

Job’s done. Done with the suffering, done with the sorrow, done with the silence from heaven. He just wants to go back. Back to the days when the mornings began with sunshine instead of clouds. The days when God’s presence was almost palpable. The days of his prime. The days when everything going on in his life (read the rest of the chapter) said, God’s with me as an intimate, close companion. Back to the days when God watched over me.

Job longed for the days when he knew God was guarding him because life was going well. The days when Job knew God was paying attention because God prospered him. Being watched over by God had become equated with expecting a certain ease in return for living a life which was blameless, upright, God fearing, and turned away from evil (Job 1:1). Good people should be enjoying the good life. And the good life, so Job apparently thought, was evidence that a good God must be engaged.

But we know the rest of the story. We know that behind the scenes God had, in fact, restrained Satan’s hand (Job 1:12, 2:6). That, even in Job’s unimaginable season of suffering, God was watching, God was heeding, God was even protecting. That while Job couldn’t find a way to connect the dots between his righteousness and his wretchedness, God’s lamp was still present, His light still leading, and His friendship still in tact. God’s unchanging promises hadn’t changed, it was just that His purposes weren’t understood.

And that’s okay. ‘Cause God is god and we are not. His ways aren’t always our ways. His thoughts, a little higher than our thoughts. His purposes, never at odds with His promises.

So, while we might long for the good old days — those days that seemed clearer and were marked by God’s tangible favor — we shouldn’t think that in those days God was nearer just because the days were easier.

God is still watching over us. The Sovereign, though perhaps seeming somewhat silent (though never silent if we stay in His word), is still in control of the seasons. His steadfast love is still steadfast. His grace still sufficient. Our good still His long-game for His glory.

Rejoice, weary saint. God is still every much engaged in this season. Heeding, guarding, protecting, keeping.

Trust. Rest. And know that these are still the days when God watched over me.

By His grace. For His glory.

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On Earth as In Heaven

Mone. It seems the Greek word is only used twice in the Bible. Both times used by John in his gospel. Both times used in John 14. Once to speak of a heavenly anticipation. Once to speak of an earthly reality. Once to provide hope for the future. Once to assure strength for the day. Reminded this morning that when it comes to being at home with the Lord, now on earth as will be in heaven.

Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

(John 14:23 ESV)

Jesus is preparing to depart, but He says He’ll send “another Helper” — a Counselor and a Comforter, an Advocate ready, willing, and able to draw alongside. He says He is going to go and prepare a place for His disciples in His Father’s house, a house where there are many rooms, or abiding places, or homes (mone). Yet, Jesus says, until those who follow Him are taken to be with Him and inhabit that heavenly home, the Father, through the Son, by the Spirit will make Their home (mone) with them. On earth as in heaven.

Resting this morning in the promises. A promise that one day soon we will be at home with the Lord. At home in paradise. At home in a heavenly city occupying heavenly space prepared in advance for those who love the heavenly Builder. There is a sense in which each day’s sojourn, though often weighty and wearying, is ultimately about making our way home. Weighty and wearying because this world ain’t paradise. This earth ain’t no heavenly city. Yet, even here and now, able to rest this morning because, while going home, we’re at home.

We’ve heard it said, “Home is where the heart is.” But if I’m picking up what the Savior is laying down, home is where the Triune God is.

“We will come to him and make Our home with him.”

While the Son is preparing your mone so you can be where He is, We — the Father and the Son through the Spirit — will make Our mone with you. We’re moving in. We’re staying. We’re settling down. We’re abiding. Make some room, your dwelling is our Our dwelling. You casa Our casa.

Really? Almighty God making His home with mere mortals? Yeah, really.

Wandering? Weighty? Wearying? You bet.

Alone? Not in a million years (and that’s just a start).

Don’t fully get it but, on the authority of God’s word, I’ve fully got it.

At home. On earth as in heaven.

By God’s grace. For God’s glory.

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Not An Orphan

Sometimes, you just need a fallback position. When everything around you seems like shifting sand, when nothing seems predictable, when you find yourself waiting for another shoe to drop (and realizing that whoever’s wearing those shoes has way more than two feet), it’s then you need to reclaim your solid ground. It’s then you need to find the space to remember what’s true in order to have some context for what’s traumatic. To reorient to the transcendent before taking on today. Such a bottom-line reality hit my radar this morning. Thus, I’m chewing on the reminder that I am not an orphan.

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

(John 14:16-18 ESV)

I will not leave you as orphans. That’s a promise to claim.

Jesus was preparing His disciples for what they were realizing with dread was to come. But until they walked through it, they really couldn’t imagine what it all would entail. They knew in their heads that Jesus was going to die, but they couldn’t reconcile in their hearts why the Messiah must die. What lay ahead of them over the next few hours, days, months, and years was beyond their ability to prepare for. There’s a lot you don’t know about the future, says Jesus, but know this, “I will not leave you as orphans.”

I will come to you. I will come to you through another Helper. One just like Me. One I will ask the Father to send to you. One who will dwell with you and live in you. One who will be with you forever. The Spirit of truth. Thus, you will never be on your own. You will never have to go it alone. I will not leave you as orphans.

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

(Romans 8:15 ESV)

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of adoption. No orphans among those He indwells, only sons and daughters. Every child of God not left to power through life alone, but enabled to persevere through the active agency of the Power of Life (Rom. 8:11) within them. What’s more, joined through the Spirit with other never-to-be-orphans, other sons and daughters, bound together in community as family. None left to have to go it on their own.

The Spirit seeks not attention, but only to glorify the Son (Jn. 16:14). He is ever-present, but as the wind (Jn. 3:8). He is the unseen guarantee of life everlasting (Eph. 1:13-14). He is solid ground we can stand on each day. He is the One who ever lives within us ensuring us we are not an orphan.

Thank You, God the Son for asking the Father to send another Helper. Thank You, God the Father, for sending the Spirit to live with us forever. Thank You, God the Spirit, for enabling us, leading us, and keeping us as we walk as children of God.

You are the abiding testimony of God’s grace. You are the abiding power to live for God’s glory.

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Pay Attention to Me?

Hovering over Job 23 this morning. And it occurs to me that Job’s issue wasn’t that he didn’t know who God was. I actually think Job had a pretty accurate understanding of the nature of God. He acknowledges God as “my judge” (v7). He knows that He is all-knowing (v10), unchanging (v13a), and all-powerful (v13b). He knows that whatever God wants for Job, Job will receive (v14). “Therefore,” says Job, “I am terrified at His presence; when I consider, I am in dread of Him” (v14).

I don’t think Job had too low a view of God. I think he had too high a view of himself.

Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, that I might come even to His seat! I would lay my case before Him and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know what He would answer me and understand what He would say to me. Would He contend with me in the greatness of His power? No; He would pay attention to me.

(Job 23:3-6 ESV)

Job’s ready to bring it. Like, literally ready to bring it.

Show me where God’s at and I’ll bust down His door. And when I get to the throne, then He’ll get an earful. It’s time for some answers, and if I knew how to get to Him, I’d get those answers. And is He going to refuse me? No way! He would pay attention to me!

Good thing for Job (and for us) that the God who evokes dread within Job — He who is the all-knowing, unchanging, all-powerful, Sovereign Judge of the earth — is also a God of infinite patience and limitless grace toward Job.

Pay attention to me? Come on, Job. Really? Who do you think you are?

Who do you think you are? Isn’t that a question we all would do well to ask ourselves periodically? I’m thinkin’. Especially those who have been “inside the camp” for a long time.

Easy, I think, having walked by faith for awhile to become a bit complacent in the faith. Easy, having stood firm in the faith, to somehow start to think it’s because of our strength in the faith. Having known His presence and power over our long pilgrim journey, to maybe start presuming it’s our perseverance and power that has got us this far. Having been clothed in His robe of righteousness for decades, perhaps easy to start thinking we somehow now merit the robe.

Fact is, Job was a righteous man. Job was a sincere follower of the Almighty God. Job was, by God’s own repeated testimony, “blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.” Yet, in his suffering, though not diminishing His God, Job seems to succumb to elevating himself. Faith in God above being supplanted by an almost manic focus on his situation below. An unchecked quest for answers leading to confusion as to who is the creator of who.

Not judging Job. Relating. Not wondering how Job could get to where he got. Instead, a warning that I could get there too.

A reminder that, especially in hard times, a humble posture is probably a good posture. That when things are overwhelming I need to find refuge under the shadow of the Sovereign rather than demand answers for the situation.

No need to demand He pay attention to me. Because I know He always has.

Because of His grace. Eventually for my good. Ultimately for His glory.

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He is Able

Started in on Jude a couple of mornings ago in wonder that I was a kept man for Jesus (Jude 1:1b). Redeemed not only from my sin, but to Himself, “that where I am you may be also” (Jn. 14:3). How amazing is that? Pretty amazing.

This morning. as I hover over the closing promise of Jude, I’m reminded that being kept only means something if the one doing the keeping can keep.

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

(Jude 24-25 ESV)

The only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, is able to keep those He has called to be kept. He is able.

Purposes, provisions, promises are all well and good. But without power — without the ability to act on those purposes, provide those provisions, and make good on those promises — it’s what I referred to in my corporate days as “vapor-ware.” Nice packaging, however not much practical benefit.

But God is able. Able to keep me from stumbling beyond recovery. Trip ups and slip ups, even crashes and burns, covered through the finished work of the cross — the blood of Christ able to cleanse me from all my sins. What’s more, the active agency of the Spirit of resurrection within me, able to restore, renew, and re-energize my desire and ability to walk in the way of the kingdom of heaven for the praise of the King of heaven.

Yes, God is able. Able to present Me before His glorious presence. Mortal meeting the Eternal. Those set apart as holy here and now, soon there and then to stand in the presence of Him who is holy, holy, holy. Blameless. Righteous. Fit for a King, because they are clothed in the King’s righteousness.

Yessir! I am a kept man only because He is a keeping God.

I am sure of my future, because He is steadfast in His love.

I purpose to live according to the promise, because He is able to act according to His infinite power.

He is able to keep me by His grace. He is able to keep me for His glory.

Keep on keepin’, Lord!

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