Bible Passage:John 17:12b
and I guarded them, and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
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I have guarded them, that they might not be shaken or deceived by any false doctrine or holiness; and I have kept them with such watchfulness that not one of them has perished but Judas, that son of perdition. And why? Because he never clung to Me from his heart, nor embraced My Word seriously; but followed Me only that he might, under the cover of My name, and by being with Me, gather to himself riches. But such a child of the devil as this was to be endured in the presence and intimate society of Christ that those Scriptures might be fulfilled which predicted that there should always be such Judases to be endured by His disciples; even as Jesus Himself also cites these words from the 41st Psalm: "He who eats My bread has lifted up his heel against Me" (John 13:18). Judas, therefore, is a type of all those who by the Gospel seek their own gain; of which kind there are not a few at this day, who boast of themselves that they are indeed all about the Gospel, and yet they seek nothing but the glory of their own name, ease, and contemplation. Of such men, therefore, Christ takes an eternal farewell, denying that they are His disciples. Therefore, He says, I cannot preserve them, but I must permit them to abuse the sanction of My name in which they boast themselves, even though they have no true desire to be Christians.
A book is opened then to all
A record truly telling
What each hath done, both great and small,
When he on earth was dwelling;
And every heart be clearly seen,
And all be known as they have been,
In thoughts and words and actions,
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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