I encourage you to read this encouraging excerpt from “Our Lord Prays for His Own”. Read the whole thing. It’s not long. In this excerpt the author is discussing the phrase, “I kept them in thy name which thou hast given me” found in John 17:12.
The Shepherd of the sheep keeps His people in the eternal power of God! In the eternal wisdom of God! Compassed in the eternal faithfulness of God! Enshrined in the eternal love of God! Quickened with the eternal life of God! Possessed with the eternal grace of God! And to be crowned with the eternal glory of God!
“Kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation” I Peter 1:5
Ascribing praise to Him who is “Able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” Jude 24
Observe, He not only renders a general, but a particular account; “none of them perished, none of them is lost.” A blessed emphasis, not one of them. We read in John 6:39, “This is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing” – nothing—not even their dust, much less their souls, nothing.
But perhaps it may be said the apostles were a better order of men than we are! Not so, the Lord Jesus Christ sought, and found them, for they were lost; He quickened them, for they were dead; and He kept them. Everything but God was against them; the world against them, the flesh against them, the devil against them, everything against them but God, and everything is against us but God. When shall we learn to view God in this light?
Excerpt from “Our Lord Prays for His Own” by Marcus Rainsford, Moody Press, 1950, page 209.