If there was just the one sentence in the Bible to memorize, it would have to be the last two verses of Jude.
Now to Him who is able to keep you from falling and 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 and majesty, and dominion, and authority — before all time, now, and forever. Amen! — Jude 24-25 (Jimbo’s translation)
I start each day with that thought. I speak it quietly and know that I have gotten my day started off right. There are no images to use on this post because none exist which can correctly represent what this passage is intending for us to try to imagine. (1 Cor. 2:9)
Here is a link to the root words for a proper study of the passage. I base my quote on the ESV* with one slight change.
The only word that I have changed has to do with the idea of “stumbling” or “falling”. It is an uncommon word and only appears in the Bible in this one place. It’s most tight translated as “to exempt or preclude the possibility of falling down”.
If — IF you are placing trust in the Lord, anything that He desires is fully possible. Through faith in Him and by allowing the power of the Holy Spirit to empower you, you are precluded from slipping, stumbling, or falling. Or — OR you can strike out on your own in your limited ability and run the serious risk of making a fool of yourself and defaming the Name by which you are called.
“I can do all things through Him who strengths me.” (Phil 4:13) I can love my wife (even on a bad day), I can honor a morbidly hurtful politician who is tearing down our cultural foundations, I can bite my tongue when a retort is deserved . . . I can bless the person who is actively working to do me harm — who mistreats my child. ALL things. ALL.
The Blood of the Innocent God-man blots out every sin and fault. His wrongful death ruined the Grave. The Value of His infinite worth is able to overwhelm every wrong that be committed throughout history and make ALL of us fit for citizenship in God’s Heaven.
Yeshua is alive today as our High Priest, but He will return to take the Bride to the Father to personally introduce Her on that glorious Day.
GLORY – with GREAT JOY
At the Tabernacle, Moses and the few elders met with God and the glory surrounded them. In their sinful condition, they were filled with awe and fear. The high priest could enter the Most Holy Place only one day per year where the Shekinah glory was manifest. Because the anger of the Lord might break out against this sinning mortal, stringent protocol was established to make the man as “right” as possible. He had to be “clean” in every way or he could die in the Presence. Bells were fastened to the hem of his robe so the people outside could hear him move. A strong rope had been tied around his ankle to tug his corpse out of the Presence, lest any trespasser enter and be also slain.
Here is Isaiah’s testimony about the time when he was taken before the Presence:
Then said I, Woe [is] me! for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
Because of the Victory of Messiah, we are encouraged to enter into this Presence “boldly” — not cowering. Not with trepidation, but with “great joy“. Here is another rare word in Scripture. Hebrew calls this the “oil of gladness”. The idea is that a person cannot experience more joy than this. Exultation. It is to this Joy that you, Believer, are predestined. Rather than being dragged into the Presence of Holy God in fear of death as was poor Isaiah, you will enter the Presence of God in all His unapproachable light, having been “conformed to the image of His Son“, in all righteousness. (Romans 8)
But, as it is written, “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor. 2:9)
. . . to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, be glory and majesty, and dominion, and authority — before all time, now — RIGHT NOW — and forever. Amen!
In this thought, you are having your own personal mini-coronation of Messiah on the throne of your life. Both the Father and the Son are honored in this. Although we are quick to think of Jesus when the idea of “Savior” comes to mind, it was the heart of the Father to send the Son to do the work of Salvation. Salvation is the “Family Business” of Heaven and you are an adopted son or daughter — sharing in the work, the fellowship, and the family fortune! We yield to the authority of the One who deserves to rule our lives — the One who will bring us “great joy”.
For some reason, it helps me to add those two words “RIGHT NOW”. You?
*I refuse to utilize the NKJV (my personal boycott) because that translation continues to perpetuate the significantly-erroneous treatment of Genesis 12:3 — God’s blessing to Abraham and the Jews. The Replacement Theologians linger and stink the whole thing up! Boo! Hiss!
Long live Christian Zionism!