The Great Benediction

I. God is able to keep you from stumbling (Jude 24)

 A. He has “power” [dunamai ] – innate ability.

1. He is able to establish us

a. Romans 16:25 – Now to Him who is able to establish (sterizo – fix; stabilize)
1) 1 Thessalonians 3:13 – establish your hearts
2) 2 Thessalonians 2:17 – in every good work
b. Isaiah 45:5-6 – I am the LORD, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, that they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting That there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other.

2. He is able to do beyond our thinking

a. Ephesians. 3:20 – Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us
b. Isaiah 55:8-9 – For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

3. He is able to subdue all things to Himself

a. Philippians 3:21 – Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue (hupotasso) all things unto himself.
b. 1 Peter 3:22 – Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

4. He is able to help those who are tempted

a. Hebrews 2:18 – For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid (boetheo) those who are tempted.
b. Hebrews 13:5-6 – For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we may boldly say: "The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"

5. He is able to save to the uttermost

a. Hebrews 7:24-25 – But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.  Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
b. Isaiah 45:22-23 – "Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.  I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take an oath. (Quoted by Paul in Philippians 2:9-11)

6. He is able to destroy

a. James 4:12 – There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy
b. Matthew 10:28 – . . . fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

7. He is “the blessed and only Potentate (Able One)”

a. 1 Timothy 1:17 – Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
b. Psalm 83:18 – That they may know that You, whose name alone is the LORD, Are the Most High over all the earth.
c. Daniel 2:44 – . . . the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.

B. He is able to keep us from falling.

1. Jude uses phulaxai to describe how God “keeps” us.

a. The term stresses safe custody, often implying protection from assault from without.
b. The shepherds keep their flock (Luke 2:8).
c. The strong man keeps his house (Luke 11:21).
d. The soldiers kept Paul (Acts 12:4)
e. The Lord saved Noah from death (2 Peter 2:5).
f. The Lord keeps us from evil (2 Thessalonians 3:3).

2. Jude uses aptaistous to emphasize God’s “keeping”

a. The word is a unique compound of the negative particle “a” and “patio” (to fall).
b. The meaning: “no falling” – “never tripping” -- coupled with “keep” to emphasize protection.

C. God’s ability to preserve is amplified in many Scriptures.

1.  We will be delivered from death                      

a. Psalm 56:13 – For You have delivered my soul from death. Have You not kept my feet from falling, That I may walk before God In the light of the living?
b. Psalm 116:8 – For You have delivered my soul from death, My eyes from tears, And my feet from falling. I will walk before the LORD In the land of the living.

2. We will be guided by God’s wisdom

a. Proverbs 3:23-24 – Then you will walk safely in your way, And your foot will not stumble.  When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
b. Proverbs 4:12-13 – When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble.  Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life.

3. We will not “stumble” if we walk in the “light” (1 John 1:7)

a. John 11:9-10 – Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him."
b. Ephesians 5:8 – For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

4. We will not cause others to stumble if we follow God’s instruction.

a. 1 John 2:10 – He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.
b. Romans 14:20-21 – Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. . . .It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.

II. God is able to present (histemi) us faultless.

A.  We are “to stand” before Him.

1. Romans 5:2 – . . . we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

2. Romans 11:20 – . . . you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear.

3. 1 Corinthians 15:1 – I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand

B. We are to stand “without blame” (amomos) before Him.

1. Ephesians 1:4 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love

2. Ephesians 5:25-27 – Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

3. Colossians 1:21-22 – And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight

C. We are to stand without blame before “the sight of His glory.”

1. We have seen a partial glimpse

a. John 1:14 – And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

2. We have been promised a full view

a. John 17:24 –  "Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

3. We will praise it one day

a. Ephesians 1:11-12 – In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

D. We will do that “with exceeding joy” (Jude 24).

1. That joy will recognize our completed suffering

a. Matthew 5:10-12 – Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

2. That joy will complete our faith in Christ

a. 1 Peter 1:6-9 – In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.
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