January 8, 2015
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Jude: The Assurance

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25 To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
Amen.

What a doxology! Jude reminds his readers of several things:

  • God Keeps his Children from Apostasy
  • Christ presents Christians as faultless
  • Christ finds abundant joy in presenting believers before his father
  • God is wise

As Jude began his letter exalting salvation he also closes his letter with the same tone. These readers are being confronted with phony Christians and Jude is recalling God’s amazing power to protect them. God protects his Children from falling into false teaching. He won’t allow them to become apostates. God will not allow his children to turn their backs on him.

Understand that God can allow Christians to go astray at times. He can allow them to feel the consequences of their sin and to explore the depravity of their hearts. Also remember that even though a person is active in a church this doesn’t mean they have been born again. Those who seem to turn their back on Christ may have never been converted by the Spirit. In Matthew Jesus warns that there are many people on the broad path leading to destruction. They defend themselves before God saying ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ What is God’s response, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ When these unfortunate situations arise it’s because they never had a true relationship with Christ.

It is also our responsibility to study scripture and know the truth. We are held accountable for knowing God through his word and also for teaching truth. We need to submit our minds to scripture and release our own beliefs if they do not line up with it.

You see that these Christians may have been concerned about their eternal well-being and Jude is reminding them that it is God who saves them and keeps them forever. (John 6:37-44; 10:28-30; 17:11,15; Rom 8:31-39; 2 Tim 4:18; Heb 7:25; 9:24; 1 Peter 1:3-5). Being confronted by Jude about these false teachers may have made these readers insecure. That is not Jude’s goal so he instructs them and then encourages them in the faith.

Jude also reminds them that God will preserve them throughout eternity. Once the blood of Christ covers a person’s soul God no longer sees them the same. God sees the righteousness of his son and that never diminishes. God is preparing to present Christ with his bride, the church! We will sit at the marriage supper at the end of time and glorify God for his amazing grace and power to protect us (2 Cor 11:2; Eph 5:27; Rev 19).

Now even beyond the fact that God protects his children, and that we are presented faultless, but Christ finds JOY in presenting us to his father. I don’t know about you but this is very humbling. To think of my selfish, angry, and idolatrous heart and Christ finds joy in presenting me? Soteriology baffles me in many areas because I earned the punishment of hell for my wrongful actions; yet God still cleanses, forgives, protects, and preserves me with joy. God is definitely so much more than I can imagine! He does this for you as well. He saved you for you to know him and glorify him. He protects, preserves, and finds great joy in you!

Finally, how could Jude end his letter any other way? He ascribes God as our savior with infinite wisdom, honor, greatness, strength, and authority. Jude praises God for his attributes which have always existed, presently exist, and will exist forevermore! To know and love God is an undeserved grace that we cannot earn or even deserve. I believe these readers were blessed by Jude’s letter and I pray that you were as well.

Thank you for joining me through this letter and please leave me suggestions for the next study in the comments below!

With Great Love and Truth,

 

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