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Jude's Praise

At the conclusion of his short epistle, the second to last book in the New Testament, Jude gives us one of the noble and marvelous benedictions in scripture which reads, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen” (Jude 24,25). God is able to keep us from stumbling here on earth. He is also able to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. What a glorious thought and a bright hope.

In context, Jude admits he originally intended to write concerning our “common salvation,” but instead he decided to write concerning the need for Christians to “contend for the faith” (Jude 3). This was because “certain people have crept in unnoticed” into the church, who were “ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 4). These are ungodly immoral people who pretended to be ministers of the Christian gospel (perhaps “false converts”), but instead they were apostates who opposed the Lord Jesus Christ, His church and His cause.

Jude identified their deceptive and indeed the disruptive behavior of these apostates and sternly warned them they will certainly face God’s inescapable wrath and judgment. At the same time, Jude reminded the believers that they “once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterwards destroyed those who did not believe” (Jude 5). Jude mentioned three groups and three individuals of apostasy in the past and God’s judgment on them.

As Jude moves towards the conclusion of his letter, he exhorts believers to “building yourselves up in your most holy faith, and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lor