ABLE TO KEEP YOU FROM FALLING

Scripture Reading: Jude 24,25

“To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy, 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.” (Jude 23,24)

I have consistently used this passage as a benediction throughout my ministry. My mentor, Dr. James Baird, used it when I was a member at First Presbyterian Church in Macon and he continued to use it through all his pastorates. I was a fairly new Christian back then and I was deeply touched each time Jim gave this benediction at the end of the worship services. It is a very encouraging and assuring benediction that gives the glory to God.

Jesus is able to keep us from falling. He undergirds us and strengthens us. When we are weak, He is strong. He never fails to give us what we need in times of weakness and in times of temptation. He is able to keep us from falling because He is the omnipotent, and sovereign Lord over all.

Jesus is also able to present us before the glorious presence of God without fault. Because of His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, He is able to present us holy, blameless, and undefiled before the throne of God (Hebrews 7:26). Because we have been justified on the basis of the work of Christ, we are able to be fully forgiven of all our sins, and the perfect righteousness of Christ has been imputed to us.

But notice that Jesus is able to present us before God’s glorious presence with JOY! I’m reminded of this passage in Hebrews — “Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). Jesus’s joy is the salvation of His people. Now that His work is done He is able to present us before the glorious presence of His Father without fault and with great joy!

Lord Jesus, You are able to keep me from falling. Your watchful eye is always upon me. You are ready to step in and hold me up with Your righteous right hand. You alone are able to present me faultless before the glorious presence of Your Father. It was You sacrifice that paid the ransom for my sins and it is Your righteousness that has been imputed to me that leaves me holy, blameless and undefiled. It is hard for me to image that You find joy in me, but I know that You do. Thank you for delighting in me and for making me Your own.

“Now to Him who is able to present you from falling and to present You before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy, to the only God our Savior, throughout Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority before all times and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 23, 24)

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One thought on “ABLE TO KEEP YOU FROM FALLING

  1. William Griffin says:

    My Favorite- Dr. Jim- What a man! Thankful to have been part of his flock for many years and thankful to still be a part of yours. GOD Bless you, my dear Friend!!!
    William

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