Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, 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.
— JUDE 24–25 —
Raymond Kwan: Japan Bible Academy | Japan
In this world, it’s so easy to get distracted and discouraged with regard to our faith. There are enemies from within, namely our own sins and insecurities, which cause us to doubt our salvation. There are enemies from without, those who attack our faith with lies—both obvious and subtle. If we turn our attention to this God, what do we see? We see glory. There are even those who fall away from the faith, people we once looked up to as examples, but now make us wonder whether or not we ourselves will finish the race as believers. However, the Lord’s half-brother, Jude, reminds us that we should not focus our attention on human ability (or inability), but on the all-powerful God who guards and guarantees our salvation. If we turn our attention to this God, what do we see? We see glory. We see the glory that Moses wanted to see in greater fullness even though he had already spoken to God, face to face. We see the majestic glory that still gripped Peter even decades after he had first seen it. The God who saves and secures us is the King of glory, and no words will ever do justice in describing His glory. The world did see a veiled image of God’s glory during Jesus’ first coming, but when He comes again, the world will see glory in a way it has never known. This world is filled with false, lesser, and temporary glories. However, God’s glory is true, greater, and eternal. When we struggle with our faith, may we remember to look to God and His majestic glory, and rest on the truth that He can and will bring us to glory.