The Blessings of Our Great God

Jude 1:24-25

 

24 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,

25 To God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen. (NKJ)

 

Jude ends his little book where he began it. After a terrible attack on the apostasy of his day he comes back to encourage the faithful. In our passage this morning, there are two things that Jude wants us to know. That we serve a great God and that He has blessed us abundantly. Jude has focused mainly on the judgment and wrath of God but now he looks at our great God and His relationship to His redeemed. Although Jude has attempted to strike fear in the hearts of those who would draw away from the faith, yet he would bring comfort and consolation to the believer.

 

  1. Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling
    1. Some might begin to wonder if they themselves might be able to hold out faithful.
      1. Prov. 3:19-23 gives us the key to understanding this.
      2. Prov 3:19-23 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens; 20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up, and clouds drop down the dew. 21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes-- keep sound wisdom and discretion; 22 So they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck. 23 Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble. (NKJ)
      3. When it is our life's purpose to be guided by the wisdom and understanding of the Lord as made available to us in His Word, we have the ancient promise of verse 23.
    2. The figure represented here is that of someone who is moving.
      1. We are to walk.
        1. 1Thes 4:1 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; (NKJ)
      2. But we are also to run.
        1. Heb 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (NKJ)
      3. If we do stumble, God will help and sustain us.
        1. Ps 37:24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand. (NKJ)
      4. Just as a father assists his wobbling children as they learn to walk and run, so our God is there to pick us up and dust us off and get us started again, if we should falter.
    3. Notice though that it is God who keeps us from falling.
      1. John 10:29-30 "My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand. "I and My Father are one." (NKJ)
      2. Rom 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (NKJ)
      3. Rom 16:25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, (NKJ)
      4. Phil 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; (NKJ)
      5. 2 Tim 4:18 And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen! (NKJ)
  2. He makes us blameless; and to present you faultless
    1. God is not only able to save us, but He is able to abundantly save us.
      1. He presents us to Himself blameless.
      2. It is not that we are without sin, but that God through Jesus Christ has paid penalty for our sin.
      3. This is justification.
      4. We stand in God's sight as though we had never sinned.
      5. He abundantly saves us.
    2. This is the same word used of Jesus in 1 Peter 1:19 with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (NKJ)\
      1. In I Jn 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. (NKJ)
      2. Standing not in our own righteousness but in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
      3. Phil 3:9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; (NKJ)
  3. before the presence of His glory with
    1. We cannot comprehend the majesty of God or the glory of his presence.
      1. In the Old Testament Moses wanted to see God but was allowed to only see the back of God.
      2. Exod 33:18-23

18 And he said, "Please, show me Your glory."

19 Then He said, "I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion."

20 But He said, "You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live."

21 And the LORD said, "Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock.

22 "So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by.

23 "Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen." (NKJ)

  1. Jesus spoke of His Glory.
    1. Matt 16:27 "For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. (NKJ)
    2. Matt 19:28 So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (NKJ)
    3. Matt 25:31 "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. (NKJ)
    4. Luke 9:26 "For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels. (NKJ)
  1. This is refers to what Jesus prayed in John 17:24
    1. John 17:24 "Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. (NKJ)
    2. To think that we too will someday be ushered into the presence of His Glory.
    3. To stand before the King of kings and Lord of lords.
    4. And we shall for God is able to keep us from falling.
  2. With exceeding joy
    1. Heaven we be a place of only joy and rejoicing.
    2. The former things are passed away.
    3. There will be only blessings on us and no curse.
    4. To realize the blessings that God has given to us will be fully realized and there will be joy.
  1. To God
    1. our Savior
    2. who alone is wise,
    3. be glory
    4. and majesty,
    5. dominion and
    6. power,
    7. both now and forever.
  2. Amen  
This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com