Commit Yourself to Jesus Christ!
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
Jude 24-25 (NKJV)
This well-known benediction contains a wealth of spiritual truth for the believer to receive. If we want to keep our feet on the ground spiritually, walk straight, and not stumble, then we must yield ourselves fully to the Saviour. He alone is able to guard us, but we must “keep ourselves in the love of God” (Jude 21). He is able if we are willing!
Jude was not writing about the possibility of the believer sinning and falling from God’s family. We have noted before that he made it clear in Jude 1 that true believers are “preserved” and cannot be lost. He was writing about the believer’s daily walk with the Lord and the danger of going astray and stumbling. If we do disobey God, we may confess our sins and receive His forgiveness (1 John 1:9). If we persist in disobedience, He will chasten us in love (Heb. 12:5-11). He will never permit one of His own to be lost.
The Father has covenanted with the Son that all of His people will one day see and share His glory (see John 17:22-24). Jesus Christ will have the special joy of presenting His bride, the church, before the Father’s throne! It was the anticipation of this “joy” that helped Him endure the sufferings of the Cross (Heb. 12:2). The purpose of salvation is not simply to rescue sinners from hell, as wonderful as that is. The grand purpose is that God may be glorified for all eternity (Eph. 1:6, 12, 14).
Today, there are spots and blemishes in the church, but on that day God’s people shall be blameless. Satan will find nothing to accuse. The bride will be arrayed in the righteousness of Christ to the glory of God.
Knowing this, the believer has a strong motive for living for Christ and obeying His Word. We want to bring joy to His heart today as we anticipate the joy He will have when He welcomes His bride to heaven! This is the significance of 1 John 3:3—“And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure” (Eph. 5:27; Phil. 2:15).
Jude 25 is the only place in this little letter where Jude called our Lord “Saviour.” Peter used this title five times. But Jude opened his letter by reminding his readers of “the common salvation” (Jude 3) that they shared because of their faith in Jesus Christ It is not enough to say that Jesus Christ is “a saviour,” or “the Saviour”; we must say that He is “our Saviour—my Saviour.”
He is not only our Saviour, but He is “the only wise God.” He can give you the wisdom you need to live your life to the glory of God. The false teachers boasted of their special knowledge, but they lacked spiritual wisdom. God gives wisdom to those who ask Him (James 1:5), provided they are sincerely willing to obey Him. If Christians would seek the wisdom of God in the Word of God, they would not stumble into the traps of the false teachers, but would walk to please the Lord (Col. 1:9-10).
Why should we walk in obedience to God’s will? So that Christ might receive the glory!
Glory is the sum total of all that God is, and all that God does. Everything about Him is glorious! The glory of man fades as the mown grass, but the glory of God goes on eternally.
Majesty means “greatness, magnificence.” Only God is great. When we praise God, we praise the most magnificent Person in the universe. He is not simply King; He is King of kings! He is not simply Lord; He is Lord of lords!
Dominion has to do with God’s sovereignty and rule over all things. The Greek word means “strength, might,” but it carries the idea of complete control over all things.
Power means “authority,” which is the right to use power. All authority belongs to Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:18), including authority over the powers of darkness (Eph. 1:19-23). As we yield to Him, we share His authority and accomplish His will.
What a magnificent doxology this is! Knowing the purpose Jude had in mind when he wrote this letter, this doxology takes on even greater significance. Jude was reminding his readers of the greatness of Jesus Christ. If only they could catch that, false teachers would never lead them astray. Like the young man who falls in love and marries, and is no longer interested in his old girlfriends, so the believer who keeps himself “in the love of God” (Jude 21), caught up in the glories of the Saviour, will never want to turn to Satan’s substitutes.
You don’t have to stumble.
If you will remember the Word, build your Christian life in faith, hope, and love, exercise spiritual discernment, and commit yourself to Christ, then He will keep you from stumbling. Be alert!
The enemy is subtle and the dangers are great.
But the only wise God your Saviour will keep you safe and one-day present you joyfully in glory!
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DECLARATION OF FAITH
Jesus is well able to keep me from falling and to present me without fault or blemish before His glorious presence with great joy and celebration. In His hands, I am held securely.
To the only God, my Saviour, be glory, majesty, power, and authority through Jesus Christ my Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen!
I declare this declaration of faith in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ! Amen.
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