The best of saints would fall into the
worst of sins!
(From Octavius Winslow's, "Christ, the Mighty God")
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and
they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they
shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of
my hand. My Father, who has given them to me,
is greater than all; no one can snatch them out
of my Father's hand." John 10:27-29.
As the Almighty God, Christ is able to preserve
to eternal salvation all His saints. His power is
engaged, as His promise is given, to bring to
glory every soul redeemed by His most precious
blood. All whom the Father has given to Him,
shall come to Him, and not one shall perish!
And truly, no power but an Almighty one
could keep a single saint from final falling.
The best and holiest saint would perish, but
for the upholding, preserving power of Christ.
"Hold me up," is one of the wisest, and should
be one of the constant prayers of a saint of God.
David fell, and Solomon fell, and Peter fell, as
if to teach the Church in all future ages, that no
child of God could keep himself; but that, left
to himself, the best of saints would fall into
the worst of sins!
But not one shall finally perish!
They may stumble and fall; fall to the breaking
of their bones, and go limping and halting to the
grave. Nevertheless, the almightiness of Jesus is
pledged to restore and finally to bring them safely
into the realms of eternal bliss!
"Kept by the power of God through faith unto
salvation," the feeblest lamb given to Christ by
the Father, and by Him ransomed with atoning
blood, and inhabited by the Spirit, shall be
brought safe to glory. Having begun the work
of grace in your soul, He has power to complete it.