God’s Power to Keep

I tweeted these out Sunday:

I’ve read these words a hundred times. They’ve nourished my soul. But as I sat this Sunday and heard them spoke the Spirit painted them on my heart afresh. Read them today:

24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

I could write ten thousand words and we wouldn’t exhaust the deep, rich truth present in these two verses. They are born out of a rich knowledge of God and he is inexhaustible. The pattern should be emulated by all who love God. Jude presents us with a theological truth then explodes in doxology. May our theology drip with doxology. May they never be separate.

Theology

God has power to keep. Jude immediately uncovers the root truth. God has the power to keep his people. He isn’t a weak willed demi-god is who is frustrated by human plans. Our sin doesn’t cripple God. Our fallenness is part of the gospel story.

But some of us still might wander “I feel desperate. I feel alone. I feel the weight of my sin. Can God keep me?”

God keeps us from stumbling. If we are truthful, we all know we sin. We all stumble so how can this be true? If we were to read back through Jude’s letter he warns against those who claim Christ but devour the flock. They teach false doctrine and fulfill their fleshly appetite. These people allege faith but have clearly never tasted the grace of God. This benediction is not for those people. It’s for those who are journeying on their faith. For those who doubt (v. 22). Jude is careful not to discourage those kinds of Christians. Those struggling and fighting for their faith.

Jude says “You may struggle, fight, and stumble now but God will not let you stumble in the end. He will keep you in Christ. He started this work in you and he will finish it. You can take that to the bank.”

God presents you blameless. Many of us might still feel sheepish about meeting God. Sure he kept us but we have “garment[s] stained by flesh” (v. 23). We ended the journey and our garments are ragged, bloodied, and worn down. But God reminds us who we are in Christ. He not only keeps us from stumbling he presents us blameless. Jude reminds us those stained garments were exchanged for Christ’s robe of righteousness. He took our sin and we took his righteousness. Standing in front of God the judge you will be blameless.

God delights to do so. God not only does all of these things for us but he delights do them. He delights in us. At Christ’s baptism, God declared, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). These words are words we can cherish. We are in Christ. God delights in us and so he keeps us from stumbling presenting us blameless with great joy. Feel the joy of God. It’s yours!

Doxology

“[T]o the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”

This isn’t just arm chair theology for Jude. These are truths he rests in. These are truths he trusts in. These are truths he bet his whole life on. Jude does something peculiar. You see Jude is the half-brother of Jesus. Jude watched Jesus grow up. He watched his ministry. He watched his death. Yet Jude explodes in doxological because God has the power to keep him through Jesus Christ our Lord! God works on our behalf through Jesus Christ.

How Does Viewing Your Daily Struggle Through This God-Centered Vision Transform The Way You Attack Your Sin?