By Todd Pekel


When we look at HIM THAT IS ABLE we are left speechless as to the splendor, beauty and magnificence of all that his hands have wrought. Indeed, sheer awe can be the only reaction to such a richly woven and diverse tapestry of life. When we know him as our heavenly Father, we become acquainted with his gentle love, his firm hand, and his limitless grace, which makes all of life possible. We learn of his mercies that are renewed each morning and the unique and individual care he has for those he has called to his family.

As a worker, a laborer, an husbandman in his vineyard, our God is without compare. He has no equal. His résumé is more than impressive, it is perfect.

Jude 1:24:
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 ...

Glory unto God. Him that is able to present us faultless before the presence of his glory for all eternity. He will cause us to live in his eternal presence, holy and without blemish, not having spot or wrinkle or any bit of sin or the temptation to sin, forever!

Ephesians 5:27:
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

The fullness of this state of perfection won’t occur until our Lord returns.

Philippians 3:12:
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Of course, the Apostle Paul knew that the perfection of the Body of Christ wouldn’t take place until the Church is gathered. Until that time, however, there is work to be done.

Ephesians 4:12-13:
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ ...

This didn’t prevent him from laboring to present every man “perfect in Christ.”

Colossians 1:28:
Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus ...

You see, Paul knew him that is able.

2 Timothy 1:12:
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Not only is he able to keep us from falling and present us before his glory for all eternity, he is able to keep our very lives. He is more than able!

Ephesians 3:20:
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us ...

This is our God as he works his perfect work. Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. How does he do this? He does it “according to the power that worketh in us.”

Philippians 2:13:
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Him that is able is at work in us! Both to will and to do of his good pleasure. He does this through Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 13:21:
Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Doing “his good pleasure” is the pursuit we get to be involved in as we labor with him. Think about it. What an incredible opportunity we have as we work together with him.

2 Corinthians 6:1:
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

The more we work together with him, as he works in us, the more we see his greatness and limitless abilities. At the same time, our own weakness and inability become crystal clear. God’s abilities far exceed anything we can ask or think. In fact, with God, nothing shall be impossible.

Luke 1:37:
For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Indeed, with God, all things are possible!

Mark 10:27c:
... for with God all things are possible.

God alone is omnipotent, omnipresent, without beginning or without end, eternal, limitless, perfect, holy and able to do all things. Consider how Abraham, nearly a hundred years old, didn’t consider his or Sarah’s own inability, but believed in and gave glory to, him that is able.

Romans 4:19-21:
And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

This is our God. He who is able to perform all things and present us faultless before his presence forever and ever. Just think, the day will soon dawn when Satan is shut out and sin is a thing of the past. Temptation and tears will be eternally gone and we will be faultless before the throne of the one, true and living God, forever. Heaven indeed!

Jude 1:24-25:
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,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Glory, majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever to the only wise God. Him that is able!



From the February 2001 issue of The Vine & Branches