Scripture Song of Jude 1:24-25
“Now Unto Him That is Able to Keep You”
Commentary on Jude 1:24-25
by Hebron Christian Fellowship
Those who like to trust their salvation to a prayer they prayed as a child, or a "decision" they made once at a revival, may find a problem with the Epistle of Jude. Clearly addressed to believers (Jude 1:3), it is nonetheless a strong warning to beware of apostasy, specifically the false teachings of Gnosticism, which held that what is done by a person in their body is irrelevant, since the spirit is basically good. (Although this specific heresy no longer circulates much in Christendom, it's not too difficult to find parallels in the Church today.)
Taking his readers back to the Exodus, Jude reminds us that many who were saved from the bondage of Egypt were later destroyed by God for their unbelief. Even the angels, he recalls, were not exempt from God's judgment, as those who followed Lucifer in his revolt were expelled from Heaven, and condemned to chains and darkness. Jude's message is that He is still the same God today â€“ He cannot and He will not wink at sin. The children of Israel fell, the angels fell â€“ what hope do we have?
As if to answer this question, he gives us a beautiful promise, summing up the source of our confidence and eternal salvation: "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory... To the only wise God, our Savior..." Our trust is not a moment of mental assent to the truth of the Gospel, in an emotional experience, or in the willpower we have to live the Christian life. It is in the One who laid down his perfect life for us, in whose righteousness alone we can stand sinless before God's throne. The only work we have been given is to believe on Him (John 6:29), and as long as we hold fast that living faith, we will find ourselves continually changed, until He Himself completes the work He began, in unimaginable glory (Heb. 10:23, Phil. 1:6).
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Verbatim KJV. Words or verses not included in song replaced with "..."
- Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
- To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.