Robert Griffith | 10 April 2024
Robert Griffith
10 April 2024

 

Jude 24-25  “Now unto him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”

This is one of the most glorious truths in all of Scripture – one we must remind ourselves of daily!  We all battle with discouragement and doubts.  Whenever we are having trouble, our accuser typically shows up to feed our insecurities and point fingers at us.  We soon have the want to give up.  Then, we read something that sounds too good to be true: God will bring us into His glorious presence with joy and without fault.  Without a single flaw?  Really?  How is He going to accomplish that?  “… through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

This righteousness comes by grace and is received by faith.  God declares us righteous not because of our deeds but because of what Christ accomplished for us!  We are able to receive forgiveness and be deemed righteous because He bore the full weight of our sins on the cross!  God sees us as flawless because of His righteousness!  That is just incredible!

Our standing in Christ determines His approval and affection, not our performance!  This should alter not just how you view yourself but also how you interact with other members of God’s family.  We have to learn to perceive ourselves in Christ as God does.  When we do, we will experience the freedom that Christ has given us – the ability to live without the constraints of self-doubt and to be all that God has called us to be and do.

Colossians 1:21-22  “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without fault and free from accusation.”

Your wicked ideas and deeds made you His enemies and kept you far from Him.  But now that Christ has died in His physical body, He has made peace between you and Himself.  You are now holy and faultless as you stand before Him, having been ushered into His own presence as a result.

Give that some thought.  Go over it once more, slowly.  It offers a completely different perspective on how you see God, other people, and yourself.

Yes, it’s true: because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you now stand, in Christ, before God without fault.