CCLXXXV. God’s People Preserved and Presented.

JUDE 24, 25. “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.”

THERE are four thoughts presented to our notice: God’s
people preserved, God’s people presented, God’s attributes
exalted, God’s homage recorded. The first two will be
enough to occupy us on the present occasion.
I. Preservation implies danger. Danger to our spiritual
interests arises from evil spirits, from our own hearts,
and from the world. Our deliverer must have power and
sympathy, and Christ is able to meet our need. He has
overcome the world, He is greater than our hearts; He has
destroyed the Devil.
II. God’s people presented. The thought will suggest
itself, what should induce the Redeemer to exert His
abilities on our behalf? We have insulted Him and stood
back from Him, and though He is able to keep us from
falling, will He take the trouble? Our text tells us that
the preservation of the redeemed involves to Christ Himself
a richer revenue of glory. Take to your heart the comfort
of this thought; think of it in your moments of bitterness;
let it chase your fears away. Christ’s glory is involved in
your preservation. Cleave to Him and you are safe. He
will not let you perish. You are needful in some sort to
swell His retinue at the last great day.
W. Morley Punshon, D.D.

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