Giving and Keeping

John Heading, Aberystwyth

Category: Exposition

When we give something to someone else, it does not usually fall upon us to guard that thing afterwards!

However, with God things are different. In John 17. 23,24, the Lord Jesus speaks of the love that the Father had for Him, and it is a feature of love that love gives. Thus the Father gave Him authority, v. 2; work, v. 4; "all things", v. 7; words, v. 8; glory, v. 22. In particular, the Lord's disciples had been given Him from out of the world; seven times this is stressed, vv. 2, 6 (twice), 7, 9, 11, 12, 14. While the Lord was here on earth, He "kept them" in the Father's Name, v. 12, yet afterwards, He requested the Father that He would keep them, v. 11, and in particular from the evil in the world, v. 15.

There is a parallel to this great truth in 2 Timothy 1. 12. The alternative translation is, "I... .am persuaded that he is able to keep that which he has committed unto me'. In other words, the giving and the keeping are both on the divine side. The gift is from God, v. 6; He has given a spirit of power, love and of a sound mind, v. 7; grace had been given before the world began, v. 9; it had been given to Paul to be a "preacher, apostle, teacher", v. 11; the good deposit committed to Timothy was "the faith, the doctrines of Scripture" (Vine), v. 14; the Scriptures had been given by the Holy Spirit, 3. 16. And these possessions granted by God will also be kept by Him until that coming day: "he is able to keep", for these things are spiritual. If we have any respon­sibility in this keeping process, it is only by the Holy Spirit, 1. 14.

Thus we personally are kept both spir­itually and morally according to John 17, and our possessions for service and Christ­ian living are kept according to 2 Timothy 1; in both cases, the Giver and Keeper is One divine.

There are 11 articles in
ISSUE (1985, Volume 36 Issue 5)

Answers to Prayers

‘But God . . . ’

Giving and Keeping

Gospel Work and other Assembly Activities

Help from Haggai, Verses 1. 1-11

Jottings from John’s First Epistle (Paper 3)

Lessons in Service

The Maturity of Writer and Readers


A Treasure

Which Church?

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There are 66 articles by this author

The Merchants and the Children

The King and the Multitudes

Fruitfulness and Repentance

Communicating Spiritual Things by Spiritual Means

Service with Tears

Acts, A Study in New Testament Christianity

Divine Assessment and Witness

Epaphras, a Faithful Minister of Christ

Paul’s Charge to Timothy, The First Epistle to Timothy

Prophecy and the Present Age

Groupings Amongst Men

The Rapture and Subsequent Events

Summary of Daniel and Revelation

The Four Kingdom Amongst Men

Apostasy and Its End

How I was called to Salvation and Service - Introduction

Divine Involvement in Assembly Service

Types and Shadows in the Epistle to the Hebrews

Understanding 1 & 2 Chronicles - The House of God and its Service

Do You Pray for the Lord’s Servants?

Greater Than

Conversion, Baptism and Service

The Lordship of Christ in the Local Assembly

Luke’s Life of Christ

The Lordship of Christ in the Local Assembly (Part 2)

Prayer, Power, Plenitude, 1. 15 to 2. 10

Position, Privilege, Peace, 2. 11-22

Prisoner, Promise, Preaching, Prayer, Eph. 3. 1-21

Practical: Prophets, Pastors, Perfecting, 4. 1-16

Practical Conduct - Part 1: 4. 17-32

Practical Conduct - Part 2: 5. 1-20

Personal Relationships in the Family, 5. 21 to 6. 9

Power, Protection, Prayer, 6. 10-24

Parents and Children

Daily Bible Readings

The Seven - Thousand Year Miracle (Part 1)

What the Bible Teaches Vol. 6 John

The Seven - Thousand Year Miracle (Part 2)

The Maturity of Writer and Readers

Giving and Keeping

Purpose, Predestination, Pleasure, Praise, 1. 1-14


As Unknown and yet Well Known

The Beauty of the Assembly

The Holy Assembly


Zion (2)

Are You a Trustee?

The Lord's Titles


The Mount of Transfiguration

Genealogy of the Priests

Both Small and Great

Book Reviews

The Unity of the Godhead

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Book Review

Letters of Commendation - Additional Notes

How Amiable Are Thy Tabernacles

Twenty-One Years Ago

They Continued Steadfastly

Book Review

Matthew 21 - The Context of the Chapter

The Vineyard and the Stone

Parable of the Wedding Feast - Matthew 22. 1-14