Verse of the day - Jude 1:24-25

  • To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with exceeding joy, to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
    Jude 1:24-25

    Jude’s short epistle ends with a benediction,a poem of blessing about God's ability to keep us from stumbling, present us blameless, and give us great joy. There are three things God has the power do: He can “keep you from stumbling”. He can “present you blameless”. He can bless you “with great joy”.

    Jude has been writing of the danger of false men coming by stealth among God’s holy people and leading many astray into immorality and false teaching. But God is powerful to save us from being tripped up by these false teachings, and to keep us surefooted. That is encouraging.

    God has the power “to present you faultless before the presence of his glory” (Jude 1:24). We give the glory to God, not ourselves, for being made presentable to God. We cannot forgive our own sins, or grant ourselves eternal life. Only God is able to do that, through his unique Son, our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Jude’s phrase “with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24), means that, when the Lord comes, not only will we be free of blame and shame, but we will exult with joy far beyond the happiest moments of this life. And it will be a joy everlasting.

    What a great cluster of truths are found in this one prayer of blessing. Our eyes are first drawn to what God can do for us, prevent us from falling and present us before his glorious presence in joyful perfection. But on closer inspection, our hearts are drawn to the description of our incredible God: the one who is able, the only God, our Savior, the one who lives in glory and majesty and power and authority, the one who has communicated to us through Jesus our Lord, and the one who exists before all ages and who is alive now and who will be forevermore.

    Our blessings as God's children are incredible, but the reason why they are is that our God is beyond incredible, awesome, and wonderful. Our words cannot do him justice. Our brightest insights cannot comprehend the glory he has. Yet despite his grandeur, he loves you and me in our finite mortality!

    Awesome and Holy Lord Most High, thank you for not only being God, but for loving me and showing yourself to me in the face of Jesus. I look forward to standing in your presence, enjoying your shared perfection, and praising your glory with the angels. Please accept my limited and human praise until the day my words are unchained from their mortality and my imperfections are swallowed up in your glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.