GOD IS ABLE
The two verses that proceed the book of Revelation are
commonly known as a doxology, but are full of deep truth.
“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!” (Jude 24, 25)
These couple of verses reveal that God is "dynamically
able" in three specific ways that concern all of us.
1. God is able to keep us from stumbling
In mountain climbing, the beginning hiker will attach
himself to the expert so that if he loses his footing he won’t
stumble and fall to his death. In the same manner, if we
keep connected with God, we cannot fall. He keeps us safe.
Although God is able to keep us from stumbling but we can,
by our choices, loosen our grip on him. There is a continual
negative potential to our wills. We all have choice to keep
our grip on God or to simply let go in any life situation. The
good news is that we are secure in God if we choose to be.
Jude was warning his readers about false teachers who were
promoting both false doctrine and practising a sinful
lifestyle. The context makes it clear that Jude is
encouraging believers to look to the One who can keep
them from being duped by false teachers.
If we keep our eyes on the Good Shepherd, he will lead us in
paths of righteousness. Jesus leads his sheep away from
dangerous routes. (Psalm 23:3)
2. God is able to make us stand
The posture of standing is significant to every human being.
“We will all stand before the judgement seat of God. For it
is written, As I live says the Lord, every knee shall bow to
Me and every tongue shall give praise to God.” (Rom 14:10)
Praise God!: for he is able to make us stand in that day!
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being
justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which
is in Christ Jesus whom God displayed publicly as a
propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to
demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance
of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for
the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the
present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of
the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-26)
3. God is able to make us blameless with great joy
God does not make us blameless with any level of
frustration on his part. He makes us blameless with great
joy! He never says, “This better be the last time!”. He loves
you and I so much that he joyfully makes us blameless!
One of the popular verses in scripture is found in
Nehemiah. When the people understood how sinful they had
been and how far they were from God, they wept. They felt
true remorse and they repented. Nehemiah and Ezra told
them to stop weeping and to understand that the “joy of the
Lord” was their strength”. (Nehemiah 8:10)
God joyfully forgives and makes blameless those who
believe who he is.
In so many wonderful ways, God is dynamically able. No
matter how dark our lives have become, just simply placing
our faith in Jesus Christ ignites the powerful dynamite of
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