“Now, to him who has the power to keep you free from stumbling, and to set you before his glory, blameless and with a shout of joy, To the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Lord—be glory, majesty, power and authority, before all the ages, now, and into all eternity!  Amen.

Personally, I think that this is the best benediction found within all of scripture.  It is a reminder that at the end of the day, everything points to Jesus.  He is our keeper and he will present us before God’s throne glorified and without compromise.  The picture given in verse 24 is worth its weight in gold.  Jude tells us that when we will be presented before God the father it will be with shouts of joy.  The term that he uses here is the Greek word aÓgalli÷asiß (agalliasis), which literally refers to a “piercing exclamation.”  This term is used in the Greek version of the Old Testament 19 times (18 times in the Psalms plus Isaiah 51:11) and in each case, the word is used in connection with worship.  When we approach the throne in heaven, it will be with great shouts of worship and praise, if this is so, I wonder why we tend to be so quiet in our worship here.   This is also an act which brings God great joy.  The Puritan, Thomas Watson once said, “When God calls a man to himself, it is an act that he never repents of.”  God rejoices in the completion of his work—in bringing lost sinners to himself, and heaven rejoices with him (Luke 15:10).  Friends, love the God that has offered salvation to you.  Cling to him.  Immerse yourself in his word.  To God be the glory, forever and ever!

About preacherwin

A pastor, teacher, and a theologian concerned about the confused state of the church in America and elsewhere...Writing because the Christian should think Biblically.

Posted on February 23, 2009, in Expositions, Jude and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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