With Great Joy

2013.10.11

“To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy”

(Jude 1:24)

 Reflection:

This is the third of the ‘God is able’ statements in the New Testament.

  • “Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ” (Romans 16:25)
  • “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”(Ephesians 3:20)
  • “To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy” (Jude 1:24)

It is God who is able to take our fallen nature and build us up, as a new creation, upon the unshakeable foundation already laid and which is Jesus Christ Himself.

It is God who is able to do infinitely more than we could ask or imagine. He has already demonstrated this in the free gift and sacrifice of Jesus Christ to take away the sins of the world, and to open the door for us to receive eternal life in the love and light of God Himself. No one would have dared to pray for or even imagine such a sacrifice!

Now it is God alone who is also able to keep us from falling – from falling off the foundation of Christ, from falling away from our new identity in Christ and from falling as the new person that He has made us to be in Christ.

This is all a part of the awesome mystery and glorious reality of the saving grace of God our Father, His Son our Saviour and King and the Holy Spirit our Comforter, Strength and Guide. From beginning to end our forgiveness and salvation, our new identity and our eternal life is brought about through the love, power and grace of God Himself. We can only receive it, and respond to it, and live it in humble acknowledgement and appreciation as we worship, praise and trust our Holy, Loving, Life-Giving and Eternal God.

The outcome of all this is God drawing us into His holy and glorious presence to stand before Him, and live with Him, ‘without fault and with great joy.’

It is hard for us to conceive what it is to be without fault. To be as God originally intended, to be fully and wonderfully complete in every sense of the word – to be fully and completely ‘me’ for the first time in my life – and to be without any fault, sin or weakness. Not only that, but to be so much more than I ever dreamed. Complete, completely me and completely God’s in a complete relationship of love, life and great joy …. forever.

As we submit ourselves to God His love, grace and power make this a spiritual reality through the deep mystery and wonder-filled sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We may enter into His presence now without fear and in unsurpassable joy instead.

 God is so wonderful!

Response:

Think prayerfully on these things – frequently.

Prayer:

Father, my mind cannot fully comprehend such truths – please help me. Help me too to rejoice in the wonder of your saving and eternal love for me and to happily entrust myself to You. Amen.

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