What does Jude 1:24 mean?
ESV: 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,
NIV: To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy--
NASB: Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless with great joy,
CSB: Now to him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of his glory, without blemish and with great joy,
NLT: Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.
KJV: 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,
NKJV: Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
Verse Commentary:
Verse 24 emphasizes the truth that believers are on the winning side. Apostates cannot destroy our faith or knock us out of the Christian race. God has the power to keep us upright and at the end of the race present us without fault to His glorious self. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, offered these encouraging words: "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand" (John 10:27–29).

The prospect of being kept and presented faultless in heaven would encourage Jude's readers to patiently run the race and to keep looking onto Jesus (Hebrews 12:1–2). Ephesians 5:27 also anticipates the time when Jesus presents the church to himself "in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish." The apostle John also takes a look forward to seeing Jesus face to face. At that time we will be completely like Him—sinless—for "we shall see him as he is" (1 John 3:2).
Verse Context:
Jude 1:24–25 is the closing signature of this letter. In these verses Jude encourages his readers and ascribes praise to God. These statements continue the general theme given in prior verses: to avoid sin, with the purpose of exalting Christ.
Chapter Summary:
Jude's brief letter describes men at their worst and God at His best. Believers are already on the victorious side! Those who mock God's truth and who follow their own desires all while claiming to be Christians, are the most dangerous kind of unbelievers. These persons pose a danger to themselves and to any Christians they might influence. In response, Christians need to focus on understanding the truth of God's written Word and submitting to His will.
Chapter Context:
Jude is a single-chapter letter which reflects earlier warnings about apostates and their false teachings. Other passages of Scripture describe evil men who taught that Jesus was not fully human or fully God (1 John 2:22; 4:1–3), that God's grace allowed them to live immorally (2 Peter 2; Romans 6:1, 15), that Jesus blood was not an adequate sacrifice (Galatians 1:6–9; Hebrews 3:12–19; 10:19), and sinners gain a right standing in God's sight by keeping the law of Moses (Galatians 5:4, 7–9). Jude's letter combats false teaching and exhorts readers to remain faithful to the Lord.
Book Summary:
The book of Jude is a letter written by a half-brother of Jesus, likely later than AD 66–67, which was after 2 Peter was written. Its placement immediately before the book of Revelation is appropriate. This letter warns about false religion and evil men, whom Revelation describes as maliciously affecting political and religious conditions.
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