If you have been following along you know that we have spent the last couple weeks pondering Jesus’ warning about false prophets and Jude’s vivid description.
There is so much more in this tiny book of Jude
- The way of Cain
- The error of Balaam
- The rebellion of Korah
- Fallen angels
- The prophecy of Enoch
I am not going to spend the time to unpack all of it in this series. (I heard that deep sigh of relief)
To close the Jude portion of this conversation I would love to leave you with Jude's stellar benediction.
Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling,
and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To the only wise God our Saviour,
be glory and majesty, dominion and power,
both now and ever. Amen. ~ Jude 24-25 (KJV)
I used the King James because – well – I am holding the chalk!
Here it is -
I commit you to Him (Him who) Him, Jesus.
He – Jesus – is able to keep you from falling (do you believe that? I mean really believe that.)
He – Jesus – is going to present you to the Father (do you feel worthy to be presented to the Holy of Holies as a gift to the King of Kings and the Lord of the Angel armies?)
He – Jesus – is going to present you faultless!
This suggests something mind blowing to me. I always picture myself like Isaiah being like – woe is me – I am undone - when I get to the presence of God, but what if (please proceed with grace here) what if – WHAT IF, Jesus presented me before God and I was faultless? [Tweet This] What if, when Jesus presented me to God, I had nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to be forgiven for, nothing to hide from His holiness. What if, when Jesus presents me to the Father, I am as pure as Jesus is?
Is anyone excited yet?
Makes me want to shout
Glory to the only wise God our Savior
Glory and majesty dominion and power both now and for ever to the only wise God our Savior!
Do you see what kind of wisdom it would take to come up with a plan whereby a scoundrel like me could become a worthy gift to be presented to the most awesome, and amazing, and fabulous being – the holiest of holies – the King of Kings – the Lord of Lord – Almighty God.
Be blessed today.
My mind is spinnig, and my heart soaring as I write this. Hope you are feeling a bit tipsy by now too.