?But now abideth faith, hope, love?; <500106>Philippians 1:6 ? ?being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ?; <530303>2 Thess. 3:3 ? ?But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and guard you from the evil one?; <550112> 2 Timothy 1:12 ? ?I know him whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to guard that which I have committed unto him against that day?; <600105>1 Peter 1:5 ? ?who by the power of God are guarded through faith unto a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time?; <660310>Revelation 3:10 ? ?Because thou didst keep the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of trial, that hour which is to come upon the whole world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.?
<550112> 2 Timothy 1:12 ? th<n paraqh>khn mou ? Ellicott translates: ?the trust committed to me,? or ?my deposit? = the office of preaching the gospel, the stewardship entrusted to the apostle; cf. <540620>1 Timothy 6:20 ? ?O Timothy, keep thy deposit? ? th<n paraqh>khn ; and <550114>2 Timothy 1:14 ? ?Keep the good deposit? ? where the deposit seems to be the faith or doctrine delivered to him to preach. Nicoll, The Church?s One Foundation, 211 ? ?Some Christians waken each morning with a creed of fewer articles and those that remain they are ready to surrender to a process of argument that convinces them. But it is a duty to keep. ?Ye have an anointing from the Holy One; and ye know? ( <620220>1 John 2:20)...Ezra gave to his men a treasure of gold and silver and sacrificial vessels, and he charged them: ?Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh them...in thy chambers of the house of Jehovah? ( <150829>Ezra 8:29).? See in the Autobiography of C. H. Spurgeon, 1:225, 256, the outline of a sermon on <430637>John 6:37 ? ?All that which the Father giveth me shall come unto me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise east out? Mr. Spurgeon remarks that this text can give us no comfort unless we see that:
1. God has given us his Holy Spirit,
2. we have given ourselves to him. Christ will not cast us out because of our great sins, our long delays, our trying other saviors, our hardness of heart, our little faith, our poor dull prayers, our unbelief, our inveterate corruption, our frequent backsliding nor finally because every one else passes us by.
B. From Reason.
(a) It is a necessary inference from other doctrines, such as election, union with Christ, regeneration, justification and sanctification.
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