â€œNow 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.â€ (Jude 1:24-25)
This beautiful benediction is quoted at the end of many worship times because it summarizes both the core promises and the foundational authority of â€œthe only wise God our Saviour.â€
He is able! The precision of the Holy Spiritâ€™s inspired words is always perfect. The ability of the only wise God is not only omnipotent but omniscient as well. The Greek word dunamis signifies not only sufficient innate power to accomplish the task, but also the knowledge to perform the job correctly. The leper said, â€œLord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me cleanâ€ (Matthew 8:2).
He is able to â€œkeep you from falling.â€ Again, the word choices are absolutely wonderful. Godâ€™s ability is used to provide a place of safe custody sufficient to stop any external attack. â€œBut the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evilâ€ (2 Thessalonians 3:3). That custody protects our â€œfaultlessnessâ€â€”a condition that is without any flaw. â€œAccording as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love (Ephesians 1:4).
Only Godâ€™s omnipotence and omniscience can produce a â€œnew man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holinessâ€ (Ephesians 4:24). God â€œcan doâ€ nothing less. His dunamis is such that â€œwhosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of Godâ€ (1 John 3:9).
That is why â€œthe King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise Godâ€ must be given â€œhonour and glory for ever and ever. Amenâ€ (1 Timothy 1:17). HMM III