“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy”
Many years ago, I discovered that the theology of many Christians concerning the subject of making heaven was the exact opposite of what the bible taught. While many Christians had the impression that they were to strive to get there by their discipline and strength, the bible gives us the idea that we should rely on God’s ability and faithfulness to preserve our relationship with Him until the end.
Apostle Peter says we are “kept by God’s power though faith for salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5). Jude 1:24 says, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.” Paul says: “Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:8).
To the Philippians he said: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:6). God isn’t just the author of your faith, He is the finisher. (Heb 12:2). He will do a work in you to ensure you keep thirsting and longing for him till the end. All the Apostles believed the same thing. To make heaven, we must believe in God’s willingness and ability to keep us. When we make heaven, it will be by His grace and not by our strength. Trust God!
Lord, I today I celebrate the fact that you have not left me to myself. After my faith in Jesus, you still work in me to keep trusting you until the end. Thank you Father, in Jesus’ name.