J. C. Ryle: one great secret of a believer’s perseverance in the faith

one great secret of a believer’s perseverance in the faith. We read that our Lord said to Peter, “I have prayed for you that your faith fail not.” It was owing to Christ’s intercession that Peter did not entirely fall away.

The continued existence of grace in a believer’s heart is a great standing miracle. His enemies are so mighty, and his strength is so small–the world is so full of snares, and his heart is so weak–that it seems at first sight impossible for him to reach heaven. The passage before us explains his safety. He has a mighty Friend at the right hand of God, who ever lives to make intercession for him. There is a watchful Advocate, who is daily pleading for him, seeing all his daily necessities, and obtaining daily supplies of mercy and grace for his soul. His grace never altogether dies, because Christ always lives to intercede. (Heb. 7:25.)