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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 Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life” (Jude 20,21). It is noteworthy that Jude exhorts believers to “keep yourselves in the love of God.” Since our righteousness comes from God alone, He is the one who keeps us in His love from day to day. “How deep the fathers love for us, How vast beyond all measure That he should give his only son To make a wretch his treasure" (Stuart Townend).

William MacDonald points out, “Here the love of God can be compared to the sunshine. The sun is always shining. But when something comes between us and the sun, we are no longer in the sunshine. That’s the way it is with the love of God. It is always beaming down upon us. But if sin comes between us and the Lord, then we are no longer enjoying His love in practice” (Believers’ Bible Commentary p. 2345). Not only has God extended His immeasurable love to reach us while we were yet without hope, He also keeps us "basking in the sunshine His love" from day to day.

Jude then concludes his epistle, which is certainly written for, and applicable to, our times as well, and with strong reasons for us to worshipfully praise and magnify “the only God our Savior.” Today, ours is a great and merciful sovereign God who is worthy and deserving of our highest praise. Jude is "strategically placed" in the scriptures as it is a timely and apt introduction to the book of The Revelation, since “all scripture is breathed out by God” (2 Tim. 3:16). May we, therefore, ascribe to the only wise God, our Savior, glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.