Message summary: Today’s message is written for those struggling to hold on.
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When the tempter would prevail, He will hold me fast.
I could never keep my hold through life’s fearful path;
For my love is often cold; He must hold me fast.
The first part of Jude’s benediction expresses what God will do for us using the glorious phrase, “He is able”.
1) He is able to keep us from stumbling.
2) He is able to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.
He is able and faithful to hold us fast through this life, to “keep us from stumbling” and prepare us for the life to come, “To present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy”.
In the epistles there are several rich expressions of what God is able to do for us:
- He is able to establish us according to the gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ (Romans 16:25).
- He is able to make all grace abound to us, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, we may have an abundance for every good deed (2 Corinthians 9:8).
- Since He Himself was tempted in that which He suffered, He is able to come to our aid when we are tempted (Hebrews 2:18).
- He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25).
The second part of the benediction is a powerful declaration of praise to God.
“To God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever.”
Today we pray this benediction for each reader that you will experience rich assurance and great joy as you recognize your position in Christ. Hold fast to the truth that He is able to save us who draw near to God through Him, and He is making intercession for us. Be assured that Christ will hold you fast!
He will hold me fast
For my Savior loves me so
He will hold me fast
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
A day or two later in a letter to Miss Ada Habershon, of London, I mentioned the need for a song which would give definite assurance of success in the Christian life.
The weeks passed and a couple of months later during a great campaign in Philadelphia, U.S.A., I received a batch of seven new songs written by Miss Habershon.
As Dr. Torrey preached his sermon one afternoon (instead of listening!) I occupied the time in setting the seven lyrics to music. One of these was “He will hold me fast”.