Today Jude closes his letter with a brief word of praise, a doxology.
24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
After writing about false teachers, false teaching, contending for the faith, our common salvation, doubt, mercy, love, faith, fear, and the flesh, Jude closes with a directive on where we look to find the balance in all of this.
We know life is tough, don’t we.
We know that it won’t be all plain sailing, don’t we.
We even know that when we profess faith in Christ that this isn’t a magic fix to guarantee us a hassle-free, stress-free, trouble-free life, don’t we.
But, we do know that there is One who has negotiated all that we can possibly be faced with (Hebrews 4.14-16).
This is the to Him that Jude speaks of, Him that can keep us from stumbling, Him that will present us blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, Him who is the only God, Him who is our Saviour, Him is Jesus Christ our Lord.
He presents us to God blameless because of all He did, not because of anything we did. He takes great joy in this, and so does Jude, as he offers glory, majesty, dominion, and authority before all time and now and forever to Jesus Christ our Lord.
Point to ponder – Jesus takes great joy in presenting us blameless before the Father, Jude takes great joy in this, do we take great joy in this?
Prayer – Father, we thank you for the finished work of Jesus on the cross that allows us to be brought to you blameless through our faith in Him. Help us to be people who value this above all, and those who see our eternal destination as more important than our earthly station. Amen.