“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15 (NASB)
Our promise today is that by studying, reading and learning what God’s word teaches, our shame is removed. Most people in the world think their life after death would be better with God. They also think the way to qualify for that is by being “good enough,” coupled with being “not that bad.” Scripture clearly teaches we are naturally kept out of God’s presence because the sin nature we are born with. Our good deeds never secure a spot in God’s Kingdom. The Bible calls that “heaven.” It is a real place. Another real place is “hell” where those who reject God’s will spend eternity. The only way to eternal life in heaven is by believing in Jesus and receiving His gift of salvation. This is done by grace through faith in God; a faith gifted to us by God so that we can believe and receive what we don’t deserve by deeds. All who receive Jesus are granted the right to become children of God. Each person born with a sin nature rejects God naturally. To never believe and to always reject God’s offer of eternal life eventually results in being ashamed.
“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, 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 (ESV)
How is it that we’ve received this promise from God? After all, we possess very little perfection to keep us from stumbling⸺actually no perfection or ability of our own. But, in this one-chapter book of Jude, we are promised that “Him who is able to keep you from stumbling…does so in order to present us blameless to God.” Wow! If that is not a promise that causes our hearts to leap for joy, it should. The ‘Him’ is God the Holy Spirit. After saving us by grace through faith⸺a bundled gift from God⸺we are promised that we will stand before the one and only God who chose to save us and we will do that through what the Son of God, Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. It is a bit mind blowing if we mediate on this promise. God is One and he is able to keep us from stumbling. God’s Holy Spirit presents us blameless in the glorious presence of God who saved us according to His will. All this is accomplished because God the Son provided a way through His obedience to death on a cross and God raised Him up from the tomb.