Reassurance in Our Fight for the Faith
BIG IDEA | God is the sustaining factor in our fight for the faith.
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The book of Jude ends with an explosive expression of praise, a doxology unlike any other in the New Testament.
“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling 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.”
After his sober warnings about the dangers of false teachers in their midst and the certainty of God’s coming judgment, Jude is concerned his readers will be spiritually shaken and discouraged. To secure their confidence in Christ, he gives them three reassuring reminders in their fight for the faith:
1. God is ABLE - I can trust him.
It’s WHO God is that makes WHAT He’s promised such good news. Without the power to deliver, a promise made is pointless. But God is able. There is no sin He can’t overcome, no suffering He can’t sustain us through, no strength He can’t supply, no situation so uncertain He can’t grant wisdom for.
2. God will KEEP ME - I can press on.
Our sin can’t spoil what Jesus’ sacrifice has accomplished. Though our fight against sin is difficult, God will not let it defeat us. He actively preserves His people from the final judgment and will not give us over to sin. Though we falter, fall, and fail, God picks us back up, hems us in, and holds us until His coming.
3. God will VINDICATE ME - I can rest assured.
We will all bow before Jesus and be judged. That judgment has an eternal verdict that results in our either spending eternity with Jesus in Heaven or separated from Him in Hell. Apart from grace, this would be horrifying news, but what makes this good news for us as Christians is we are presented blameless before God. We are reborn and vindicated because Christ shed His blood and sacrificed His life to cover every sin we have committed.
Jude was so moved by the reality of Christ’s redeeming work and sustaining power that he exploded in praise to conclude his letter. He provided a helpful description of true worship, as he ascribed worth to God through His four unique attributes:
- Glory - the honor due to Him, commanding the respect, esteem, admiration, and adoration He deserves.
- Majesty - God’s kingly status as the greatest, most powerful, significant and worthy of all.
- Dominion - God’s omnipotence, sovereignty, and control of all things.
- Authority - God’s right to exercise His dominion and power.
Jude reminds us that God is the sustaining factor in our fight for the faith. He reassures us of God’s ability to keep us and vindicate us and is moved to the appropriate response of worship.