THE BENEDICTION

“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,
To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
Amen. “

Jude 24-25

For years I attended a more formal church where this benediction was pronounced at the end of the Morning Worship every Sunday. It sounded so artificial to me throughout those years. I would love to blame the minister, but I happen to know that I had never entered into a personal relationship with Jesus and that the problem was more mine than anyone else’s.

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, 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.“ (Jude 24, 25)

Jude introduces us to the problems existing in and on the church in that era. You might be prone to think he was writing in particular to the churches of 2018. Instead of “contend earnestly for the faith” (v3) we are stumbling along, trying to add to, or subtract from the Holy Bible, our Handbook of Christian Truth! The old acts of subversion remain unchanged. I can hear my old Professor saying: “There is no new heresy!” He was right…100%.

Jude tells us of the “misfits” in the ministry… false teachers. He describes them as “like unreasoning animals”. Sodom, Gomorrah, Cain, Balaam, Korah; a sorrowful picture of unredeemed humanity; people who “cause divisions, worldly minded, devoid of the Spirit.”

Here is Jude: “building yourselves up on you most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.” (v20, 21)

There is no “tagging on” with Jude. Go back and read those two verses, 24, 25.

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