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Doxology January 14, 2014

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Jude 24-25.

Summary: Jude praises Christ as the mediator between God and man, who keeps his readers from total apostasy so that He can present them to God the Father at His glorious appearance. At that time, they will be without fault; moreover, He will rejoice to see them and they will rejoice to see Him.

Jude praises God, as:

  • believers receive benefit through Him
  • He is excellent
  • He is to be honored above everyone else
  • He is able to do all things according to the good pleasure of His will
  • He is sovereign over all things.

Indeed, God is to be praised forever. Jude consents to God’s promise and displays his steady belief that it will continue unto all generations.

Thoughts: Now that I have completed my stroll through this letter, I would say that Jude and Paul are actually quite similar. This letter can be viewed as a microcosm of some of Paul’s fiercest letters, including both of his epistles to the Corinthians and his letter to the Galatians. Jude was not surpassed by Paul in his zeal for his readers; indeed, he prayed fervently that they would be saved on The Day of the Lord. Anyone who tried to cause them to lose their salvation was harshly rebuked; moreover, the certainty of their eventual defeat was emphasized in order to encourage his readers while they aimed for The Day of the Lord, which would occur on an unknown future date. I am eager to meet Jude and his readers in the next life and learn how they responded to this letter. Perhaps Jude can enlighten me at that time regarding the sources of the two extra-biblical accounts in this letter, i.e. Michael’s dispute with the devil and Enoch’s prophecy regarding heretics.

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