Jude 1:24-25, “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. Amen.”
From everything I have read pertaining to Jude, the letter AND the man, this is considered one of the great closings or benedictions of the New Testament. Jude packs a lot in this beautiful closing and you can see why when you truly consider and meditate on what he is saying.
Just so you can see the beauty in the reading at first, before getting into the analysis let me give you the version I like to read, for ease, and one of the versions that I use to study alongside the New King James Version.
The Holy Bible, New Living Translation says it this way: “Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.” – Jude 1:24-25 NLT.
And: “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless 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.” (NASB)
One amazing thing I find with this letter is that it ends in essence just as it started, with Jude giving assurance to the Body of Christ, those true Christians and followers of Christ Jesus. Look at how he closes with, “Now to Him who is able . . . “ We can go through the whole Word of God and find instances written of just what God is able to do in and with His children, His chosen.
If you Bing or Google that phrase or cross reference in your favorite Bible you will find countless instances of what God is able to do in us and for us.
He is able to keep us in perfect peace, Isaiah 26:3
He is able to establish, Romans 16:25
He is able to do exceedingly abundantly, Ephesians 3:20
He is able to subdue, Philippians 3:21
He is able to keep what we have committed to Him, 2 Timothy 1:12
He is able to aid, Hebrews 2:18
He is able to save, Hebrews 7:25
He is able to keep us from stumbling, Jude 1:24
Now I want to remind you again, why Jude wrote this letter to the church. It was because of the apostasy already starting in his day and the greater apostasy confronting the Church in the future and that makes the latter promise, “able to keep you (us) from stumbling,” that much more important and appropriate. Think about it; we ARE surely living in the last days according to all the signs of the times given to us through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and much closer to the end than were those to whom Jude originally wrote this letter too.
When you consider it, we are much more prone and vulnerable to doctrinal error and falsehoods. We definitely seem to have many more areas and means for temptation to sin cropping up all around us. Yet we have nothing to fear despite all the false teaching around us. We need not despair or feel downtrodden in this for we have a precious promise that our God CAN and is “able to keep us from stumbling (or falling).”
But here is the great thing that Jude is presenting to believers, the promises don’t stop with just that. He is also able “to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.” Now what is this exactly saying you may ask. Our God is able to keep us free from sin and keep us blameless as we stand before Him one day, and stand in His, God’s presence, in His glory and exceeding joy. I want you to understand something right now. No one was able to stand in God’s glory let alone presence without being protected. Read the account of Moses in the presence of God’s glory in Exodus 33:16-23 to see what I mean.
Yet here Jude is promising us through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that we WILL stand in the presence of the Lord and His glory one day and we will also be in the presence of God’s exceeding joy! Now I mention God’s joy because the thought of being in God’s presence doesn’t stop with just His glory. The thought continues on and through the phrase, “exceeding joy.”
For years I like so many others would read the passage in Nehemiah 8:10b, “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” I always thought since this is talking about the children of Israel’s sorrow, it must be talking about their joy, their being joyful or rejoicing in the Lord. It was many years later in deeper study that I realized, the reason they did not have to bask in sorrow was not because of their ability to be joyful or rejoice, but it was because as their God and Father, it was HIS joy in them that would give them strength. Let me tell you, when I experienced this, it literally changed the way I looked at and studied the Word of God. And, here in Jude we have another instance, we WILL experience God’s “exceeding joy” while standing in His presence and glory one day! How awesome and amazing is that?!
Now as we segue out of this verse into the next, (it truly is just one sentence though), think about this; consider that we were dead in our transgressions and sins, we are poor, feeble, weak and oftentimes failing servants, then consider this promise; one day we will stand boldly actually being welcomed into the Throne Room of the Almighty and we will be blameless without spot, blemish or wrinkle! Do you want a definition of grace, this is it!
He is able to keep each and everyone of His own. Look at how Jude continues and remember, Jude was born Jewish and followed the Law before He surrendered to Christ, he writes “God our Savior.” Remember Jesus’ words, “I and My Father are one.” – John 10:30. The Father is Spirit, Jesus is the divine in the flesh. If Jesus is Savior now, and God has always been Savior to His CHOSEN children, God’s role as Savior has not diminished or changed. (I will be doing a study on the Godhead within the week).
God is not just able to be our Protector and our Keeper, as we have seen in the verse in Hebrews 7:25 He is and always has been our Savior as well. God, the Father devised the plan whereby He would come as His own Son in the form of man, to be a sacrificial lamb just so we could be reconciled to Him in Spirit. “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:24. We could not worship God in spirit and truth because our spirit was dead due to sin. There had to be a blood, a flesh and blood sacrifice on our behalf and God’s plan, send His Son as that debt for each of us.
For the last several months I have been posting to my website and to social media, the Scriptures from Proverbs which is called the Book of Wisdom. Wisdom comes from and originates with God. It was with God in the beginning of all Creation. All wisdom comes from the Father and is available to any and all who seek it and ask for it. (James 1:5).
*The oldest manuscripts add, “through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The transcribers, fancying that “Savior” applied to Christ alone, omitted the words. The sense is, To the only God (the Father) who is our Savior through (that is, by the mediation of) Jesus Christ our Lord. (Pastor’s Note: A perfect reference and confirmation to this would be, 1 Timothy 2:5).
Now Jude is continuing on with the assumed thought of God’s worthiness, our worship towards Him when he writes, “Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power,” for in the Christian’s life and spiritual walk, it is to be understood that these attributes DO truly belong to God and only God.
The consummate honor belonging to God for all He is and has done is deservedly Glory. Majesty is considered the ultimate dignity and splendor He deserves as the Supreme Sovereign, the King of all the universe, natural and spiritual. The unchallenged position which belongs only to Him by sovereign right is Dominion, and Power or Authority is His might as well entitlement to rule all and everything that He has created.
Jude finishes with “Both now and forever. Amen” The newer versions add “Before all time and now and forever. Amen” (See note next).
*The oldest manuscripts, after “power,” have “before all the age,” that is, before all time as to the past: “and now,” as to the present; “and to all the ages,” that is, for ever, as to the time to come. (Pastor’s Note: In other words it is similar to what the NLT states, “Before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time!”).
The fact remains if applied today, all TRUE believers find their greatest joy and comfort in glorifying Him in all His character now and forever! We know that believers from the past felt the same way in the past.
So ends the expository teaching of Jude. God bless you all so abundantly and as you study may the peace of Christ Jesus and our Heavenly Father be with you.