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The Doxology Of Jude


"To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy ----- to the only God and Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen." (Jude 24-25).

For those of us that are old enough. we remember when we actually got a pen in our hands, took out a piece of stationary, and wrote to someone. We called it a letter. If it was to someone we cared for, we wanted something attention getting in the beginning, and a meaningful or even catchy ending. After all, who could forget "SWAK" before ending the letter? Jude's letter has a wonderful and attention grabbing salutation (greeting) and he hits a home run with his ending, maybe one of the most beautiful doxologies in the Bible. Just as a reminder, we call the ending a doxology, which is defined as a hymn or statement praising God. One familiar doxology might be, "Praise God from whom all blessing flow..." Already, Jude has reminded his readers that they are to build themselves up and keep themselves in God's love... Now, as he ends the letter, he balances the call to personal responsibility with the assurance of God's grace. Christ will always be there standing behind the believer, as Jude says that it our Lord Jesus Christ who is able to keep you from stumbling (falling)...There is absolutely nothing in these words to encourage the believer to be presumptuous. The assurance for standing firm in the faith is placed squarely on the shoulders of the believer. Jude lets us know that the assurance is that of the one who will put his faith in Christ, who will keep looking to Him for guidance, who will repent and turn from sin. This person will stand... The doxology explains it to us.... To Him who is able to keep you from falling AND to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy... Its so great, its worth writing again... "to the only God and Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord before all ages, now and forevermore!" Can I get an amen? Amen....

Have a great day... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:1

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