|Glory to God Alone|
Jude 24, 25
The Story: Jude commits his readers and their situation to the Lord – for His glory, in His keeping, and according to His authority and rule. This benediction is usually regarded as a word of comfort, and it does contain that hope. However, it also reminds Jude’s readers that ultimately they have to contend with God. If they allow His glory to be tarnished, His majesty to be ignored, His authority to be flouted, and His power to be scorned, they will have to contend with Him. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, as Jude has been at pains to point out in his letter. The blessing of these closing words is in knowing that God is able to keep us from stumbling and sin; but we have to look to Him, trust in Him, and submit to Him as His servants in seeking the Kingdom of God. If our desire is to glorify Him in all things, we’ll know when it’s time to call one another to repentance or to encourage one another concerning our common salvation (v. 1).
The Structure: Jude ends his epistle where he began – focused on Christ and the salvation He provides for those who believe in and obey Him. He calls his readers to join him in glorifying God and Christ and (by implication) in resisting anyone and anything that stands in the way of that grand objective of our faith.How would you explain what it means to glorify God and Christ to a new believer? What is your own experience of realizing this benediction?
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