READ : Jude 24-25
Now to him who is able to keep you from falling. (v. 24)
Jude finally says something familiar! We often hear these words as a benediction or ascription of praise at the close of a sermon or a church service. Their beauty and power echo across the centuries, and they make one wish all the more for the positive letter on salvation Jude didn’t get to write.
It must have been difficult to live as a Christian in the time of Jude. The church was separating from Judaism, causing great pain for Jewish-Christians. There was persecution from the Roman government. There were false teachers who preached both dangerous doctrine and seductive morals. Where does the strength come from to face such a time as that? Jude is quite clear: the glory, majesty, power, and authority are from God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. He alone is able to keep us from falling. He alone makes us able to stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing.
Jude finishes with a three-fold look at time—as in the liturgy for the Lord’s Supper, where we celebrate present communion, past remembrance, and future hope. There is a past, a present, and a future dimension to our salvation—before all time, now, and forever. We have been saved, we are being saved, and we will be saved. Hallelujah!
To God be all glory, majesty, power, and authority! Amen.