Summary: God can keep you.
KEPT FROM FALLING
Jude 24, 25 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 the writer of this epistle was just an ordinary follower of Jesus, not one of the twelve apostles of Christ. Jude was also a brother of Jesus, though he never mentions that in the text. He grew up in the same home as Jesus and when Jesus declared that He was the Messiah, Jude like his other siblings did not believe Him.
Jude had ample opportunity to examine and scrutinize the life of Jesus. I think that it is safe to conclude that Jesus grew up with His siblings and they felt that they had the responsibility to protect and care for Him. I can also conclude that He was very ordinary and just like other people around Him but then Luke 4:18-21 took place and Jesus declared that He was God’s only begotten Son, and therefore God in the flesh, this was too much for Jude and his skepticism drove him to disbelief. However the life, the death, the burial and resurrection of Jesus changed Jude’s unbelief into confident assurance so that one day he could pen the powerful words of our text : 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.
The name Jude is the English form of the Hebrew name Judas that literally means PRAISE OF THE LORD. Jude was writing in a time when false teachers attacked the church. They were destroying young Christians with their heresy and Jude did not like it. He was especially displeased that they were trying to separate spiritual matters from behavior. They taught that since the world is evil there is no point and it makes no difference how you behave. They felt that you could live any way you pleased and that it would be all right. But Jude disagreed. People probably felt that they could not even live a good Christian life because of all the evil that was around them, but Jude insisted that it could be done because HE IS ABLE ,CHRIST IS ABLE TO KEEP YOU FROM FALLING.
I have come by to say to those of you who are struggling and thinking that this year would be no different, and to those of you who think that you cannot go on with your Christian walk because sometimes it is so hard to just do the right thing, and to those of you who are bound by the circumstances of your life, you who are trapped in some relationship that has you living outside of the will of God and to those of you who came here today to make a resolution to serve God from now onward but the devil has already told you that “things will not change for you and that you will go on like before and that you may even try to start doing right but it would not be long before you fall flat on your face going back to your old ways, I have come by to tell you that Christ is able to keep you from falling.
To keep means to PRESERVE, MAINTAIN: to watch over to defend to take care of : to TEND to attend to, to SUPPORT to restrain from departure or removal to HOLD BACK, to SAVE, to have in control to confine to MANAGE keep an eye on to limit to abide by to secure to maintain in custody. Jude says Christ is able to keep you.
Now notice something else in the text, not only is Christ able to keep you from falling but He will present you. To present means to bring or to introduce formally to offer to SHOW to bring to the attention of. Christ wants to present you and me to God the Father. Jude says to present you faultless, in other words to make us presentable. That word faultless means without blemish, free from faultiness, without spot. You see, when Jesus does the job it is done well. Christ wants to take away the stains from your life.
You see sometimes our lives are stained by things we stained them with but some stains other people stained us with and we are still suffering and carrying around those ugly stains. Some of us are carrying the stain of anger some are wearing the stain of fear, some are carrying the stain of grief, some are carrying the stain of guilt of some are wearing the stain of loneliness some of us have a stain of rejection, and some have the stain of revenge. And no matter how hard you have tried the stain cannot come out.