‘’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”
This Bible text is taken from Jude: 24-25. It attempts to reveal the help and provision made available to believers to help them live a faultless life. In previous verses, Jude had been instructing believers. He warned them about people who won’t believe in the gospel, those who take the things of God as something to be mocked. He then instructed believers to build themselves up in their most holy faith by praying in the Holy Ghost and to remain in the center of God’s love (Jude: 20-21, paraphrased).
He understood that there were many things that could make believers fall/stumble and that personal efforts or works were not enough to keep them. He revealed that, ‘to Him who is able’ is a higher power that provides grace and strength in their weak times ‘to keep them from falling’. In times of the law, people attempted to reach a state of holiness by carrying out activities and work in that regard. They tried to follow laid down rules but at each point fell short. The law was not enough to keep them. Their human efforts weren’t enough to keep the laws. There was a need and cry for help.
This is the help the Holy Spirit provides to each of us. The Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of God in a man, that is able to keep such man from falling into errors and mistakes. He strengthens and offers prayers on behalf of a willing and submissive man (Romans: 8:26). In the modern world, believers are not exempt from the trials and temptations in the world. In a bid to discharge Christian duties, they are exposed to sin, mistakes and even apostasy. Even Apostle Paul struggled in his desire to do the right things (Romans 7:21-24). He found out that he desired to do good but he was weakened by the flesh. He couldn’t control his actions.
The things he should not be doing were the same things he kept doing. At that time, Paul was almost at the end of himself and then discovered that God was the only one able to keep a man (Romans: 7:25). He learned, a man guided and led by the Holy Spirit doesn’t face condemnation (Romans 8:1). He lives life through the Spirit, and the Spirit of God that the sacrifice of Jesus made available (Romans 8:5). Believers can’t make progress in spiritual things without the help of God. He is the only one that is able to convict a person and move them to do the right things.
He doesn’t control a person but resides in the believer’s heart and convicts them whenever they want to go or do wrong. When Jesus was with His disciples, He taught them the things they needed to know. He was there to guide and keep them in every way. (Eph. 5:27) When He was taken from them, most of the disciples fled and lived in fear until something happened. The day of Pentecost witnessed the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. At this point, believers received an inner strength and sense of boldness. To all who heard them speak, they concluded that it was because they ‘had been with Christ’ (Acts 4:13).
Jesus was physically present to guide his disciples but they could not fully function without Him until they received the Spirit of God in their spirits- Holy Spirit. Despite the persecutions that the disciples witnessed and went through, they remained steadfast in their faith. They preferred to die with Christ than to live without Him and rejoiced when they were punished because of Him. They were able to speak the pure, undiluted truth and preach the same to others without fear of the High Priests and soldiers. They denied themselves the comfort and pleasures of the world and lived a life wholly given to God and His work.
This is the grace the Holy Spirit provides to every believer. Throughout a person’s lifetime, they don’t have to bear the weight of their faults and sin, ‘before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy’. This glory will be revealed at the last day. The day of judgement when all believers will stand before God. The help the Holy Spirit renders ensures that all believers will be able to stand before God on that day of judgement with no fear of condemnation and doubts. On that day, there will be rejoicing and shouts of joy and victory.
God is holy and everyone and everything that comes to His presence must be holy and perfect. As earlier stated, this state of holiness and perfection comes with the help of the Holy Spirit alone.
•Believers should know that the world is filled with trials and temptations. People are out there to bring them down and preach the wrong things. They will be surrounded by blasphemous and wicked ones that do not respect and value the truth. Even people close to them might not understand the way of life they have chosen.
•They should be aware of the limitations of their human efforts and will. The spirit is indeed willing but the flesh is weak (Matt 26:41)
•They should be aware of the Higher power and help made available for them in the person of the Holy Spirit who is able to keep them from stumbling and falling into error. He also gives a sense of perfection and freedom from the guilt that comes with sin. Believes can boldly approach the presence of the Father (God) and lift up holy hands praising Him with joy and gladness in their hearts.
•Believers should learn to come to depend completely and totally on the Holy Spirit with no restraint. They should allow their whole and entire selves be guided by Him.
•On that last day, they are fully assured that having depended on Him completely throughout their lifetime, they can come to the presence of His glory rejoicing.