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Ralph's Daily Devotional - Monday, May 7

Jude 1:24-25 is one of the most beautiful and assuring passages in all of the Bible.  I have often used it in my closing benedictions.  While much of Jude is dark and frightening in revealing God's holiness toward evil, it is also a tapestry of precious promises to us who believe.

Christians often struggle with believing that they will be forever with God.  They feel so unworthy!  Jude states that God is able to keep you from falling.  Peter fell from his faith when he denied Jesus.  Yet Jesus "kept him from falling."  In other words, when we fall from God's standard, we do not utterly and eternally fall from God's grace!  He will "keep you" (preserve you).

The Holy Spirit within us is a deposit, assuring us that we are and ever will be the children of God.  "He is able," says Jude!  The blood of Christ continues to cleanse us from sin, now and forever.  Nothing can now separate us from Christ (Romans 8:38-39).

Christians concentrate often on their faults, to the point of feeling that all God sees is their shortcomings.  But Jude states that we are "without fault."  He doesn't mean that in this life we are humanly perfect.  Rather, Jude is saying that the offering of Jesus for our sins was a perfect sacrifice, and we are completely and perfectly cleansed before God, now and forever.  God sees you in Christ as complete!

Jude states that we will be presented with "great joy."  We are His people and He is our God (Revelation 21:1-5).  The day we face Him will not be one of great shame but great joy.

No wonder Jude closes with the praise of 1:25.  All we are is because of Jesus.  The shame, judgment and death we deserve was placed on Him.  We are now free of all guilt and sin, and in God's eyes are loved and beautiful.  Do you see yourselves in this way?  Stop centering on feelings of guilt and shame and start centering on He who is worthy and is our joy!
 

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.

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