Jude 24-25 To Him Who is Able

The epistle of Jude is a sobering letter written to the elect of God. Immediately following the salutation of the first two verses, Jude launched quickly into the necessary reason for writing: that they must contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints, because certain ones have crept, these were the false teachers (vss. 3-4). He went on to detail this devastating situation in what is the largest section of his short epistle, up through verse sixteen.

In the next section, verses 14-23, Jude calls the saints to persevere; He also called them to have mercy on those who doubt, and even snatch some out of the fire. This we believe was a call to the saints to reach those who have fallen under these teachers, and possibly even the false teachers themselves. But Jude doesn’t end his letter on that note; he closes with a wonderful doxology, which is probably the best known section of his letter. Jude closes his letter as he began, with a prayer, as one commentator explains. “Jude is still dwelling on the same thoughts of verses one and two. Jude wrote there that we are ‘Called’, ‘loved’, and ‘kept’, and that we might show ‘mercy’, ‘peace’, and ‘love’. These things point us to our future hope. Now in this closing section – verses 24& 25 – Jude tells the church what that hope is; it is God alone.

“Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory 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.”

Next week we will enjoy the two final verses of Jude together – a glorious doxology which we will consider in three points: 1) He is able to keep you from falling – vs. 24a; 2) He is able to present you faultless – vs. 24b; 3) He is able to be praised by you – vs. 25.

Jude ends this letter in a glorious way drawing attention to Him who is able to keep you from falling; To Him who is able to present you before His glorious presence without fault, and with great joy! You and I cannot persevere in such a victorious manner alone; it’s only achieved by the one who is able, the one who died on Calvary for the sins of His people. To the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our LORD, before all ages, and now, and forevermore!

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Jude 10-16 Judgment of the False Teachers

We are finishing up the largest section in this short epistle of Jude – a section which started in verse 5 and ends in verse 16. Last time we met we looked at certain aspects of the false teachers. Jude compared them to those who did not believe the Lord’s promise when they left the land of Egypt and were judged. Then they were compared to the angels who sinned, and also like those of Sodom and Gomorrah who were judged. Jude continues to discuss the false teachers in verses 10 – 16. He describes what they are made of, and it is not good. They blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. They walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain, to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. They are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever. These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage. Their ultimate judgement is proclaimed in verses 12 and 13.

Although while we are here on earth, we do not enjoy, or glory in God’s judgment on the wicked, nevertheless, God’s judgment will be handed down on the false teachers and those like them, and their sentence will be proclaimed and carried out. Brethren, there is much to teach the church in this section, and this is where we shall go in our application.

Please pray for the sermon this coming Sunday, because Satan would have you ignorant of these things, but God would have you know them, and God’s Word will go forth.

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Jude 5-16 God’s righteous Judgment of sinners

So far, in our studies in the Epistle of Jude we looked at Jude’s greeting. This included who wrote the letter, who the letter was to, and a beautiful short prayer for the saints in vs 1-2. Next in verse 4 Jude states the reason for writing this letter. “For certain ones have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

In verses 5 there is a transition which carries through until verse 16; in these verses Jude unpacks verse 4. He uses two groups of three Old Testament examples of God’s righteous judgment. The first set is in verses 5-7: the unbelieving Jews, the fallen angels, and Sodom and Gomorrah. The second set are of individuals; the way of Cain, the error of Balaam, and last, the rebellion of Korah in verse 11. Jude compares those two groups with the certain ones who have crept in, in verse 8 and also verses 12-13. With the goal of showing the elect in Christ that these certain ones who crept in will also be rightly judged!

Since verses 5-16 comprise one large section of Jude’s letter concerning God’s judgment, we’ll handle it over two sermons. First, we’ll look at verses 5-13 and center on the judgment of God. We’ll open these verses up in three heads: first, judgment from a place of favor (vss. 5-7); second, judgment from a place of sinfulness (vss. 8-11) and last, the eternal result of judgment (vs 12–13).

Then, next time, in the second sermon from this text, we’ll focus in on verses 8-16 where we’ll look at the nature or characteristics of these certain ones, comparing that to the elect in Christ.

We encourage you to read Jude this week prior to Sunday’s service, especially Jude vs 5-16.

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