Bible Passage:John 17:12a
While I was with them, I was keeping them in Thy name which Thou hast given Me.
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That is, as long as they heard and saw Me, and conversed corporally with Me, I kept them in Thy Word, by teaching, by admonishing, by urging, by comforting, by exhorting, and by instructing them in every way, that they might not by any means be drawn aside from the knowledge of the Word. And now, as I am no longer to be in the world, that is, as they will hereafter have no more conversation with me corporally, and will neither see nor hear me any more, it remains that Thou take the care of preserving them upon Thyself, that they may persevere in the Word as they have begun; for they have Thy Word and are Thine.
Hark! the Church proclaims her honor.
And her strength is only this:
God hath laid her choice upon her,
And the work she doth is His.
He His Church has firmly founded,
He will guard what He began;
We by sin and foes surrounded,
Build her bulwarks as we can.
Frail and fleeting are our powers,
Short our days, our foresight dim,
And we own the choice not ours.
We were chosen first by Him.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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