Started in on Jude a couple of mornings ago in wonder that I was a kept man for Jesus (Jude 1:1b). Redeemed not only from my sin, but to Himself, “that where I am you may be also” (Jn. 14:3). How amazing is that? Pretty amazing.
This morning. as I hover over the closing promise of Jude, I’m reminded that being kept only means something if the one doing the keeping can keep.
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory 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 ESV)
The only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, is able to keep those He has called to be kept. He is able.
Purposes, provisions, promises are all well and good. But without power — without the ability to act on those purposes, provide those provisions, and make good on those promises — it’s what I referred to in my corporate days as “vapor-ware.” Nice packaging, however not much practical benefit.
But God is able. Able to keep me from stumbling beyond recovery. Trip ups and slip ups, even crashes and burns, covered through the finished work of the cross — the blood of Christ able to cleanse me from all my sins. What’s more, the active agency of the Spirit of resurrection within me, able to restore, renew, and re-energize my desire and ability to walk in the way of the kingdom of heaven for the praise of the King of heaven.
Yes, God is able. Able to present Me before His glorious presence. Mortal meeting the Eternal. Those set apart as holy here and now, soon there and then to stand in the presence of Him who is holy, holy, holy. Blameless. Righteous. Fit for a King, because they are clothed in the King’s righteousness.
Yessir! I am a kept man only because He is a keeping God.
I am sure of my future, because He is steadfast in His love.
I purpose to live according to the promise, because He is able to act according to His infinite power.
He is able to keep me by His grace. He is able to keep me for His glory.
Keep on keepin’, Lord!