24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Jude the brother of James writes a short letter, only one chapter in length, but he packs a lot into a few verses. He is worried about those who teach wrong things about the Christian faith, along with those who do wrong things and act as though it doesn’t matter. These people, as he puts it, “pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.”
He wanted to write a letter rejoicing over their shared salvation in Jesus Christ, yet he felt compelled to write urging them to stay faithful to what God has entrusted to his people. We don’t want to hear that our God is one of judgment as well as a God of love. We want to believe we can do anything, believe anything, and it’s okay. He says that people who teach or live wrong things are like shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without life-giving rain or trees without fruit, wild waves on the sea or wandering stars with no home in the heavens. They are people who divide the body of Christ, and who do not have God’s Spirit.
We need to be built up in faith through the Holy Spirit, keeping ourselves close in God’s love as we wait for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. For it is God who keeps us from stumbling. It is Christ who will present us with joy before God without blemish. May we give him all power and glory, majesty and authority, through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Thank you, dear God, for all your blessings to us in faith. Thank you for your protection, keeping us from temptation and shielding us from evil. Keep us focused on you through Jesus Christ, so that we may be considered faultless in the time to come. We give you all praise in him. Amen.