24 Now unto Him Who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
The importance of the pastor giving the benediction:
The pastor who is wise will consider preparing the benediction for the close of the worship service with as much thought and diligence as he does in preparing the message he believes God has given him for his congregation.
The benedictions recorded in the Bible are filled with revelation and life-changing truth. God uses these special moments prior to our departing the church sanctuary to minister to us in special ways according to our needs.
Jude, a half brother of Jesus, gives us a life-changing benediction that continues to speak to us in the 21st Century.
"Now unto Him Who 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."
What is Jude telling us?
He is able to keep us from falling. What an amazing word of blessed assurance and hope. Jude is reminding us that God not only has the power to forgive us of our sins and take away the guilt associated with our sins, but He is able to keep us from falling. It is our part to believe God will do this for us as we trust Him. To walk with Christ means that He enables us daily to walk uprightly before Him in truth.
He will present us before God--without fault! Our Christian faith involves a daily walk with Jesus. He wants an intimate ever present relationship with Him. Although we do stumble, God gives us grace to regain our balance and steady our steps. The day is coming when you and I will stand before God. This benediction is a great source of joy because that Jesus Himself will present us faultless.
With great joy. This benediction reminds us of our divine destiny that awaits us. At the end of our life's journey in walking with Jesus Christ there is joy, even great joy or exceeding joy. The best is yet to come.
The Author of these promises is God Himself, even our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, Who has the glory, majesty, power and authority to bring is all to pass.
Will you as a worshiper this Sunday stay and wait for the benediction? I want God's Word spoken over me as I leave church this Sunday.