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Written by S.N.Redford   

I desire in this article to notice the doctrine  of the preservation of the saints. This is a most comforting doctrine to God's afflicted poor. We are preserved in Christ. It is taught in Cod's blessed word that "We are kept by the power of God." If we were left alone, if we were our own keepers, we might need be alarmed ; but if indeed we have been born of God, then our heavenly Father keeps us. His divine power is around us. We are weak, but God is great. It is said that none is able to pluck us out of His hand. The dear Saviour Himself said, "I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish." "I in you, and you in me, and I in the Father." Before the life of one of God's saints is destroyed, God Himself must be dethroned. "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God."--Col. 3:3.

Jesus is the head of the body. "Because I live, ye shall live also." "I am the vine, ye are the branches." Jesus prayed that those that had been given Him out of the world might be with Him and behold His glory, and He said His Father always heard Him when He prayed. Says Someone, "Do you mean to say that it is impossible for one who has been regenerated, or born of God, to fall away and be lost?" Yes, that is what I mean. What else could I believe with the Scripture before me that I have just quoted? The doctrine of apostasy combats the doctrine of God on this point, while the doctrine of the preservation of the saints comforts and encourages God's people.

He is able to make a way of escape for you, dear child of God, when temptation overtakes you. He will not suffer you to be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. He is able to comfort in your deepest trials. He has traveled all the roads you are traveling. Persecution may rage against you, but God knows how to deliver. His omniscient eye is ever on you, at home or abroad. His loving hand is outstretched in your behalf ; hence he has said that you are more than conquerors through Him that loved you.

As I have shown in a previous article, in regeneration the soul or spirit is born of God, partakes of His divine nature, bears the image of the heaven- ly, and at death leaves this body and goes to God. (Cor. 5:8) It goes to glory world, the home of the soul, goes to Jesus, its dear Redeemer, and there awaits the resurrection of the body.

Or heavenly Father is a God of providence as well as a God of grace. Though His people are often cast down, they triumph through Christ.

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