Loved and Kept



Key Bible Verse: So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:16)

Dig Deeper: Hebrews 4:14-16

Jude [wrote] those who are “loved by God the Father” are being “kept by Jesus Christ” (1:1, HCSB). What a power-packed verse!

Jude wrote the two verbs loved and kept in the perfect tense and passive voice. This tense and voice assure us that at some point in eternity past God began to love us, and his love for us from that point throughout all of eternity has been and will remain steady, unwavering, and unconditional. In addition, because it is passive, I constantly receive his affection with every breath that I breathe, and I do not have to work for it!

God articulates this liberating truth to his children through the New Testament. He loves us before, during, and after we make our sinful and honest mistakes. And just like my daughter when she heard me coming into the kitchen, we naturally try to hide from our Father out of embarrassment when we make a mistake. Yet when we look at the reality of 1 John 1:8-10, we are confronted by the fact that because of the person and work of Jesus, we who have embraced him as Saviour can go to God directly and lay our sins before him. He is both faithful and just to forgive us.

– D. A. Horton in Bound to be Free

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