They will never perish!

They will never perish!

(J. C. Philpot, “The Incorruptible Inheritance” 1865)

1Pet. 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

1Pet. 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

1Pet. 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

The elect are preserved in Christ, BEFORE they are

called by grace. They are kept by the power of

God from perishing in their unregeneracy.

Have not you been almost miraculously preserved in the

midst of dangers, and escaped when others perished by

your side–or been raised up as it were, from the very

brink of destruction and the very borders of the grave?

Besides some striking escapes from what are called

‘accidents’, three times in my life–once in infancy, once

in boyhood, and once in manhood, I have been raised

up from the borders of the grave, when almost everyone

who surrounded my bed thought I would not survive the

violence of the attack.

Were not these instances of being kept by the power

of God? I could not die until God had manifested His

purposes of electing grace and mercy to my soul.

But the elect are also kept by the mighty power of God

AFTER they are called by grace; for they are in the hollow

of His hand, and are kept as the apple of His eye.

I will not say they are kept from all sins. Yet I will

say that they are kept from damning sins. They are

kept especially from three things . . .

from the dominion of sin,

from daring and final presumption,

from lasting and damnable error.

They are never drowned in the sins and evils of the

present life so as to be swallowed up in them–for

it is impossible that they can ever be lost!

They are therefore preserved in hours of temptation,

for they are guarded by all the power of Omnipotence,

shielded by the unceasing care and watchfulness of

Him who can neither slumber nor sleep.

Looking back through a long vista of years, can you not

see how the hand of God has been with you–how He has

held you up, and brought you through many a storm, and

preserved you under powerful temptations? How gently

He sometimes drew you on, or sometimes kept you back?

“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish!

No one can snatch them out of My hand!” John 10:28

Having chosen us, God begets us with His word,

regenerates us by a divine influence, and makes

us new creatures by the power and influence of

the Holy Spirit.

John Newton’s Letters

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