Jude 1:24-25

Jude 1:24-25

Jude 1:24

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, (use)

Instead of "you", the Alexandrian copy reads "us", and some copies "them":

The most fundamental characteristic of this mysterious God is that we cannot say anything concrete about him.

Harari, Y.N., 2018. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. 197

Now to him

Romans 16:25

Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages (use)

Ephesians 3:20

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, (use)

He is the God whose grace no man has every exhausted and on whom no claim can ever be too much.

Barclay, W., 1953. Daily Study Bible.

present you blameless

Colossians 1:22

he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, (use)

...for after having exhorted the faithful to save what was perishing, that they might understand that all their efforts would be vain except God worked with them, he testifies that they could not be otherwise saved than through the power of God.

Calvin, J., 1555. Commentary.

Ephesians 1:4

even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love (use)

Ephesians 5:27

so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. (use)

Philippians 2:15

that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, (use)

John 1:29

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (use)

Who alone can preserve you from the contagion of sin, and preserve you from falling into any kind of error that might be prejudicial to the interests of your souls; and thus to present you faultless... ...Where nothing can stand that does not resemble himself, with exceeding great joy, in finding yourselves eternally out of the reach of the possibility of falling, and for having now arrived at an eternity of happiness.

Clarke, A., 1831. Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible.

Mark 2:5

And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven." (use)

Revelation 14:5

and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless. (use)

Before the presence

2 Timothy 4:1

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: (use)

The people of God are liable to falling into temptation, into sin, into errors and mistakes, from an exercise of grace, or from a degree of steadfastness in Gospel truths, and even into a final and total apostasy, were it not for divine power; and they are not able to keep themselves.

Gills, J., 1748. Exposition of the Bible Commentary.

Hebrews 4:16

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (use)

The manner in which they will be presented is "with exceeding joy"; in themselves, for what they shall be delivered from, from sin and sorrow, and every enemy, and for the glory and happiness they shall then enjoy; and also in the ministers of the Gospel, who will then bring their sheaves with joy, and then will their converts be their joy and crown of rejoicing; and likewise this presentation will be with the joy of angels, for if they rejoice at the conversion of men, much more at their glorification; and even with the joy of Father, Son, and Spirit.

Gills, J., 1748. Exposition of the Bible Commentary.

Psalm 121:3

He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. (use)

Philippians 1:6

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (use)

Matthew 15:8

This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; (use)

John 10:28

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. (use)

When believers shall be presented faultless it will be with exceeding joy. Alas! now our faults fill us with fears, doubts, and sorrows. But be of good cheer; if we be sincere, we shall be, our dear Redeemer has undertaken for it, we shall be presented faultless; where there is no sin there will be no sorrow; where there is the perfection of holiness, there will be the perfection of joy.

Henry, M., 1896. Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible. UK. Jude

Jude 1:25

to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (use)

our Saviour

By whom is meant, not the Trinity of Persons in general, nor the Father in particular; but the Lord Jesus Christ, who is truly God, though not to the exclusion of the Father and Spirit; and is the wisdom of God, and the author of all wisdom, natural and spiritual; and is the only Saviour of his people;

Gills, J., 1748. Exposition of the Bible Commentary.

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (use)

Acts 4:12

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (use)

Jude 1:5

Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. (use)

You may have your own personal idea of God, but does God have his own personal idea of you? Because that's what matters. Whether he's an old man with a white beard sitting in the sky, or a life force, or a disinterested prime mover, or a clockmaker, or a woman, or a nebulous moral force, or nothing at all, what counts is what he, she, it or nothing thinks of you rather than you of them.

Barnes, J., 2008. Nothing to be Frightened of. 45

Revelation 20:15

And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (use)

The gospel shows us a God far more holy than the legalist can bear (he had to die because we could not satisfy his holy demands), and yet far more merciful than a humanist can conceive (he had to die because he loved us).

Keller, T., 2000. The Centrality of the Gospel.

John 5:44

How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? (use)

Because God is different from us, we can have hope even in the face of our stumbling.

Allen, M., 2018. A Good Mystery. Tabletalk April 2018.


1 Timothy 1:17

To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (use)

People need to know who God is—not their conjecture of God, not the concept that they’ve created for themselves, but who God is.

Begg, A., 2021. Behold Your God! - Part One.

1 Kings 22:19

And Micaiah said, "Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing beside him on his right hand and on his left;" (use)

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.

Lewis, C.S., 1940. Problem of Pain. Collins, London.

Psalm 9:7

But the LORD sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, (use)

Psalm 11:4

The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. (use)

we don't glorify God by improving his glory, but by seeing and savoring and showing his glory (which is the same as knowing, loving, showing).

Piper, J., 2013. Doctrine Matters.

Isaiah 6:1

In the year that King Uzziah died I{Isaiah} saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. (use)

Lamentations 5:19

But you, O LORD, reign forever; your throne endures to all generations. (use)

Ezekiel 1:26

And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance. (use)

Daniel 7:9

As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. (use)

Revelation 4:2

At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. (use)

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Key Verse

Jude 25

to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (use)