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                         "THE EPISTLE OF JUDE"

                    Jude's Closing Doxology (24-25)


1. In the course of his short epistle, Jude has had to write some 
   necessary, and to some degree, unpleasant things...
   a. A plea to contend earnestly for the faith - Ju 3
   b. A warning about ungodly men who have crept in unnoticed - Ju 4
   c. A reminder of God's righteous condemnation in times past - Ju 5-7
   d. A description of the depravity of the ungodly dreamers - Ju 8-16
   e. Counsel on how to keep from stumbling - Ju 17-23
   -- One might think that such unpleasant tasks would leave him in a
      depressed state of mind

2. Yet we find that Jude is moved to end his epistle with a 
   a. The word means "an expression of praise to God"
   b. Doxologies are common in Scripture
      1) Usually at the end of an epistle - cf. Ro 16:25-27
      2) Sometimes in the middle of one - cf. Ep 3:20-21
   c. The format of a doxology is usually in two parts:
      1) An address to the one being praised, including reasons for the
         praise being offered
      2) The expression of praise itself

3. In "Jude's Closing Doxology", we find this epistle closing...
   a. On a very high note, not in doubt and fear
   b. With a beautiful expression of faith and hope

4. That we might be sure to live with a strong assurance of faith and
   hope, let's take a few moments to carefully examine this "expression
   of praise" preserved for us in this epistle

[Jude begins his doxology by describing...]


      1. "to keep you from stumbling"
         a. That God is in view is evident from verse 25
         b. But the emphasis appears to be on His ability to keep us
            from "stumbling"
            1) "stumbling" does not refer to the occasional sin
            2) But to stumble so as to fall away completely - cf. 2 Pe
         c. This is reassuring in an epistle filled with warning about
            ungodly men who would seek to lead one astray
         d. God's ability to keep us from stumbling was implied at the
            very beginning of this epistle - cf. Ju 1 ("preserved in
            Jesus Christ" )
         e. But as we have suggested in previous lessons, our faith
            must cooperate with God's power if we are to keep from
            "stumbling" - cf. 1 Pe 1:5; 2 Pe 1:5-11
         f. Indeed, we must heed the exhortations given by Jude
            1) "Remember the words spoken before..." - Ju 17
            2) "building yourselves up on your most holy faith" - Ju 20
            3) "praying in the Holy Spirit" - Ju 20
            4) "keep yourselves in the love of God - Ju 21
            5) "looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto
               eternal life" - Ju 21
         g. If we continue in faith, heeding such exhortations, we know
            that God is able to keep us from falling!
         h. God's ability is stressed by Paul in his "doxology" - cf.
            Ep 3:20-21
      2. "to present you faultless before the presence of His glory
         with exceeding joy"
         a. Here, the focus is on God's ability to produce the ultimate
            goal of redemption
         b. That goal is expressed here as presenting us before God...
            1) "faultless"
               a) As Paul expressed it in Ep 5:27...
                  1] "not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing"
                  2] "holy and without blemish"
               b) This is necessary if we are to be permitted in the
                  presence of God's glory
            2) "with exceeding joy"
               a) Without a doubt this will be the condition of those 
                  so blessed!
               b) But let's not discount the joy God will experience
                  when He sees His redeemed ones at last!
         c. Through His divine providence, God will bring His scheme of
            redemption to pass - cf. Ro 8:28-30

   B. "TO GOD..."
      1. "our Savior"
         a. At this point Jude is about to ascribe praise to God
         b. So this phrase may be a summary description of what was
            stated in verse 24
         c. I.e., that the God who is able to keep us from stumbling 
            and present us faultless is truly our Savior!
      2. "who alone is wise"
         a. His wisdom is seen in His ability to keep us from stumbling
            and present us faultless
         b. Again, a summary description of God in view of verse 24

[Having described God, Jude proceeds to offer his praise.  A feature 
noted in Jude's epistle is his love of triplets...
      - His description of his readers - Ju 1
      - His prayer for them - Ju 2
      - His three examples of God's righteous condemnation - Ju 5-7
      - His preliminary description of the ungodly dreamers - Ju 8
      - His three examples of Old Testament apostates - Ju 11
      - His summary description of the ungodly dreamers - Ju 19
      - His threefold exhortation to his beloved - Ju 20-21

Now in His doxology, we find one more triplet, actually a triplet of 
doublets, being used in..]


      1. "glory" comes from "doxa" {dox'-ah}, and is used to suggest 
         dignity and honor
      2. "majesty" comes from "megalosune" {meg-al-o-soo'-nay}, meaning
      3. These terms are closely related in concept, suggesting that 
         which is worthy of awe, praise, and worship
      -- Thus Jude seeks to have all glory and majesty given to God

      1. "dominion" is from "kratos" {krat'-os}, and means "might, 
         power, strength"
      2. "power" is from "exousia" {ex-oo-see'-ah}, and refers to 
         "authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength"
      3. Also closely related in concept, the use of these words 
         demonstrate that Jude recognizes that it is God who rightly
         deserves and exercises authority over all
      -- Not only does he recognize it, it is his fervent prayer that 
         it continue (as we read on...)

      1. Jude's fervent prayer is that dominion and power, glory and
         majesty remain God's
      2. Not just for the present, but for eternity!


1. With a single word ("amen", i.e., "so be it"), Jude ends his 
   doxology and the epistle itself

2. And so it WILL be...
   a. Despite the efforts of any to turn the grace of our God into 
      licentiousness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus 
   b. God will bring into judgment all who are ungodly
   c. God will preserve in Jesus Christ all who remain faithful to Him
      1) God will keep them from stumbling
      2) God will present them faultless before His presence with 
         exceeding joy

3. And to Him WILL be...
   a. Glory and majesty
   b. Dominion and power
   ...both now and forever!

But brethren, for us to enjoy the blessedness promised the faithful, we
must heed Jude's call...

   - To remember the words spoken before
   - To build ourselves up on our most holy faith
   - To pray in the Holy Spirit
   - To keep ourselves in the love of God
   - To look for the mercy of our Lord Jesus unto eternal life
   - To extend compassionate effort to those in danger

...for only then will it be true that we heeded the exhortation "to
contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the
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