Place your confidence in christ
Christ is able to keep us from Stumbling: 1:24, 25.
Jude begins and ends his letter with assurance of salvation. Jude assures us that Christ is able to keep us from stumbling and to present us blameless before God with great joy (Vs 1, 24). Were it not for God, we would be falling from the grace every waking second. So Jude wants to give God all the glory, majesty, dominion and authority. How can we refuse to love such a gracious and merciful God. Believers are preserved in Christ Jesus. They have a great Savior who is able to present them blameless before the presence of God with great joy (Vs 25). This is the most used doxology in the church. Today 2.3 billion people claim that they are Christians. Many of them lack personal relationship with Christ. Salvation is a gracious gift of God and it cannot be earned by good works or by heritage (Jonah 2:9). There are only two kinds of religion in the world. One kind teaches that we can earn salvation by good works. Bible says that there is none righteous no not one (Rom 3:10,23). The Bible teaches that salvation is by grace through faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). We get saved by believing in the finished work of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 5:21). Unlike heathen gods, the God of the Bible by nature is the saving God. “I am the Lord there is no Savior besides me” (Isaiah 43:11; Act 4:12).
What is Salvation?
Christ is able to keep us from stumbling: 24-25.
The false teachers are apostates. Apostasy is the defection from the once for all given faith, the Bible. We have a living union with Christ through faith when we get saved. Jesus said “Because I live you shall live also” (John 14:19). This is our present day blessing. Faith in Christ assures us of our victory that overcomes the world (1 John 5:4). Believers are yoked to Christ and they cannot fall away from Him (Matt 11:28). Christ is our great High Priest and He ever lives make intercession for us (Luke 22:31, 32; Heb 7:25). He is able to save us completely. The believers are sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). This speaks of ownership and security. We are kept by His power (1 Pet 1:5; John 10:27-29; 6:37-40). Nothing can separate us from His great love (Rom 8:38, 39). Someone has said “We are not strong enough to fall away from God as long as He is resolved to hold us”. God wants to prevent us from stumbling by warning us through His Word. They why we stumble? Because we do not listen to His warnings. We rationalize our disobedience. We have a natural bend to find excuses to live in disobedience. The enemy will push hard to stumble us. But our Lord is faithful, and He will not allow us to be tempted beyond our ability to endure but provides the way of escape (1 Cor 10:13). God knows those who are his. And all those who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil (2 Tim 2:19). Christ is able to present us blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy (Vs 24). Here blameless is a reference to a sacrifice that brings sweet savor to God (Rom 12:1). How is He able to do that? Because of God’s exceeding great power that works in us. This is the resurrection power that raised Christ from the dead (Ephesians 1:18). There is a future dimension and fullness of salvation that has yet to come (1 Pet 1:3-5). We have the promise that one day we will receive a perfect and glorious body like the body of Christ. We shall be like Jesus because we will see Him as He is (1 John 3:2). Christ will share his glory with us (John 17:22). What a glorious hope! Do you have this hope in Christ?