Jude is the half-brother of Jesus Christ. In his short yet powerful book, he gives a memorable doxology. His book is about defending the faith—the beliefs of Christianity.
Let’s dissect these words, “Now to Him who is able…” If you stop there you could never write enough about the fact that God is able, He has the power to do anything. God is up for any challenge.
Jude is saying that God has power to keep you from falling into sin and to keep you saved. You are eternally secure if you are saved. I like to use the phrase, “IF saved, ALWAYS saved.” Because of what Jesus did on the cross, when you receive it, you can stand before God without condemnation. “Keep” means to hold onto in a way that no one is able to snatch you or take you away from your relationship with God. Jesus not only has saving power, He has keeping power. This alone is cause for great praise.
“Savior” means “deliverer, rescuer.” Jesus is your rescuer, your deliverer. Notice God is the only God, and the only Savior. Jesus is the one and only way to heaven, and to a relationship with God the Father. These are powerful words that describe a believers’ praise to God.
“Glory” means “great honor, respect.” Jesus is worthy and can be compared to none other.
“Majesty” means greater than all. Jesus is greater than______(you fill in the blank).
“Dominion” means there is nothing He cannot do. He has no boundaries.
“Authority” means “rule.” Jesus Christ is in control of the world and in control of your world. From the past, even before creation, to the end of time as we know it and beyond, our God, the Lord Jesus Christ reigns! Hallelujah!
Daily Do It
Jude gives us an amazing benediction. A benediction is a conclusion of an event. A benediction can be expressing a goodbye.
Think about your benedictions—the way you leave someone, how you say goodbye, how you exit a conversation with someone. Jude concluded with great encouragement and hope centered on Jesus Christ.
Today, think about the way you leave people with whom you are talking or having a meeting. Be conscious that when you leave someone, they feel hopeful and encouraged. Leave people with you having pointed them to Jesus Christ. Leave people with them looking forward to the next time they see you. Also, keep in mind that this may be the last time you see him or her, or at least the last time you have the opportunity to make a first or lasting impression. Leaving someone in an encouraging and hopeful way keeps the door open for further communication about Jesus Christ.
Quote of the Day
“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”