The book of Jude is one of my favorite books in the bible. The whole book is only 25 verses long, but there is so much wisdom and applicable teaching throughout the book.
I recently started using an app called the Streetlights Bible. It is an audio bible app that is much different than the typical bible listening app. If you enjoy hearing music while listening to Scripture, I highly recommend that you check this app out.
I have listened to this book countless of times in the past month. It is so rich and full of knowledge.
In this letter, Jude is writing "to those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ" (verse 3). He is writing because he has seen corruption from false teachers come into various churches. These false teachers had forsaken the true, biblical gospel to follow a false gospel. In doing this, they "crept in unnoticed" and they "pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ" (verse 4).
After explaining what the false teachers do in word and deed, Jude goes on to encourage believers to persevere. He shows us how to "keep yourselves in the love of God" (verse 21).
When he is done calling the believers to persevere, he comes to this triumphant, glorious, God-exalting ending.
Take a moment to look back to the beginning and read verses 24 and 25.
Read it again.
Whenever I read verse 24, I am overwhelmed with a flood of joy, amazement, awe, wonder, etc.
It is such an amazing thing to ponder that we can stand blameless before a holy God. We can stand before His throne and be completely confident in the finished work of Christ. We can trust that He will "present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy" (verse 24).
Our only hope to stand before God blameless is wholly wrapped up in one name... JESUS. He is the only way that we would ever have a glimmer of hope. His perfect life, death, and resurrection gives us the ability to look forward to the day when we will stand in glory before the throne completely and totally blameless.
God is worthy of all the glory, majesty, dominion, and authority. He is the only one who is worthy to receive all those things.
I pray that as we come into worship on Sunday mornings, we would have the same heart of worship that Jude did. I want us to join with Jude in singing and saying...
25 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.
Let's ascribe all these things to the one who is worthy. Not only on Sunday mornings, but every day of our lives.