“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,” Jude 1:24
At first glance you may not see how similar this verse in Jude is to Romans 14:17 which says, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” However, these two verses are closely connected. For the Lord “to keep you from falling” means that His righteousness is constantly constraining you. The only way “to present you faultless” is to have the peace of God, otherwise you would fear His presence. And last, you can live a life of “exceeding joy.” All of this is yours if your life is yielded to the Holy Ghost.
“I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:” I Corinthians 14:18
So why would Paul thank God that he spoke in tongues more than all the rest. Was he in competition with them? Was he to fill some mandate that a minister is supposed to speak in tongues more than others? Was he proud that others didn’t speak in tongues more than him and therefore he felt more spiritual? I don’t think so. I believe he said it because he wanted to make a strong point that he is not belittling tongues or trying to get the church to quit doing it. So he emphasized that he does it quite often to encourage believers to speak in tongues often. The whole idea of chapter 14 is not to have tongues cease, but to keep it in order during the church meeting.
“Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 2He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 3A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.” Isaiah 42:1-3
This prophecy is referring to the Lord Jesus Christ and His bringing salvation to the Gentiles. Praise God, for I am a Gentile, a saved one. The Spirit of God plays the major part in salvation. Verse one says that the Spirit was upon God’s servant; again that servant is the One and only Jesus Christ. It was the power of the Spirit that brought forth salvation to the Gentiles. Verse three talks about a “smoking flax.” That is what happens when a fire is about to go out. It represents a life that is soon to be snuffed out. It represents Gentile’s desperate and holding out for truth, desiring salvation, but they have not much hope left. Church, there are millions of these smoking flax people all around us. We must not let the last flicker of hope go out. The answer again is found in verse one. It is a Spirit led, Spirit filled, Spirit powered believer who can cause the fire to burn. So much of what the church offers today is worldly and fleshy and void of the Spirit. No doubt many who use worldly means to reach the lost have sincere intentions. But we must understand that it is the world that smothers the fire, it is the absence of the Spirit that deprives fuel for the fire. “Quench not the Spirit.” (I Thessalonians 5:19). The Spirit does not need our help; we need the help of the Spirit. The Spirit of God just needs someone to perform through. If we quench the Spirit there is no other way for us to “bring forth judgment unto truth.” This generation like never before needs to be confronted by a Spirit filled people. You must be one.