The strongest antidote to false teaching is genuine faith in God. Who is God? What is He able to do? Who alone can keep you true to Himself? Who completes the good work which He started in us?
Jude has an answer. After twenty-three verses unpacking his urgent concern because of the false teachers who have slithered into the fellowship of God’s people, he pens a concluding doxology to God.
This is my favourite doxology in all of the New Testament. I read, some time ago, of a pastor who concluded every Sunday service with this text. Now, I’m sure, it would be tempting to not listen carefully to something repeated weekly, but the scope and substance of this ascription of praise bears repeating.
“To Him who is able
to keep you from falling and
to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy–
to the only God our Saviour
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen!”
God is able…. While we are commanded (v.21) to keep ourselves in God’s love, Jude assures us that our full rest and confidence is not self-confidence but God-centred confidence.
He is able to keep us from falling, from stumbling and tripping as we walk through life.
He is able to refine us completely and apply the redemptive work which He accomplished for us through Christ on the cross.
He is the only God, a Saviour to be exact. While some other faiths have many ‘gods,’ there is only one true God.
We ascribe to Him glory, majesty, power and authority. He is worthy of all of our praise. We may never speak too highly of God.
All of this praise, all of this worship is offered through the one and only Mediator, Jesus Christ who is our Lord.
The God we worship is eternal. He existed before all ages, before time begin. He exists now and will forever. It will take an eternity to praise Him!
John Newton nailed it when he wrote, “When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise, than when we’ve first begun!” The blessing for us is, we don’t have to wait until eternity to lift high God’s name and the name of our Saviour. Let’s do that today!