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Christ’s presence is real and abiding in believers. As one great hymn puts it: Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide, Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow—blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! [Chisholm]

This is “the hope of glory” (Col:1:27). In Christ, the Holy Spirit, who “is the earnest [down payment] of our inheritance,” has “sealed” us “until the redemption of the purchased possession [the whole person, body and soul]” (Eph:1:13-24). Our eternal destiny involves His presence until our redemption is completed. As Jesus told His disciples, “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Mt 28:20). Although Jesus would no longer be physically present with His faithful followers, the Spirit whom He would send to take His place would be. By faith we realize that presence now! The Spirit of Christ is both with us and in us (Rom:9:1b)! As did Jesus, Hebrews tells us the people of this promise, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb:13:5). In this light, Jude's benediction becomes glorious: “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in His presence of His glory blameless with great joy to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”

—Larry DeBruyn​

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