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,Jude 1:24(ESV)
The Bible from beginning to end points to Jesus and this power-packed little book, which details the terrible apostasy that is going to overtake the church in the last days, similarly points to the Lord Jesus as the one and only person who can keep any of us from stumbling, so that we may be presented to Him as a pure, chase virgin, at His return.
There are so many dangers today of which we need to be aware – not only of yielding to temptation and falling into sin but being able to identify and avoid the influences of false teachers and apostates that are infiltrating the Church today, where an increasing number of false doctrine and teachers are flooding Christendom with another gospel.
Christ alone, through the power of the indwelling Spirit can keep and preserve His children, which is why we are so frequently called to abide in Him, remain in Him and trust the veracity of His Word.
Adam in his sinless state of innocence was unable to keep himself from falling. How much more we who have an old sin nature, need to keep ourselves ever covered by His protecting power and yielded to the guidance of His holy Spirit, as we remain in Him and He in us.
The little power-packed book of Jude opens by encouraging maturing Christians to contend earnestly for the sanctifying faith that works in and through the lives of born-again believers, and which will bring them to spiritual maturity. It also warns of the many evil and rebellious teachings that are to flood the church in the end times, concluding with a lovely section that encourages us all to remain in the love of God; to build ourselves up in the most holy faith by means of the indwelling Spirit and to keep our hearts and minds focussed on the Lord Jesus – watching for His any day return.
We cannot keep ourselves from stumbling, but Christ can and so we need to dig deeply into His word; we should spend time in His presence; we should take every thought captive and we should cast all our care upon Him for in so doing we will remain IN Him, in spirit and in truth, for He alone is able to keep us from falling.
Loving Father, protect my mind from the false doctrines that are sweeping the church today and help me to remain in Christ – thank You that You are able and willing to keep me from stumbling – into Your hands I commit my life, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.