'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, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever, Amen' (Jude 24, 25).
Faultless! How can this be? The saints of God are willing to confess themselves full of faults and blemishes, from the crown of their heads to the soles of their feet (Isaiah 1:6). How can they ever be presented faultless before the throne of God?
The first part of the answer is surely that God purposed it before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). 'Without blame' here is the same word as 'faultless'. What God purposes will surely come to pass.
He did it through his own Son, because he had chosen us in him in eternity for this very purpose, 'that we should be holy and without blame'.
We are not surprised to hear that the eternal, perfect Son of God is 'without blemish and without spot', but what is amazing is that God should redeem us with the precious blood of this spotless One (1 Peter 1:18), and that Christ loved the church and gave himself for it that it should be glorious, holy, and without blemish (Ephesians 5:27).
This is the purpose that the Father, with the Son, and the Spirit, is now pursuing, till that day when his people are 'without fault before the throne of God' (Revelation 14:5). Without God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, none of this would be possible, but with him it is not only possible but will come to pass. We will be presented faultless before his throne. In our despondent moments, let us hold on to this uplifting truth, and hold on to him who has promised it.
When he shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in him be found,
Dressed in his righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.