Thursday, May 24, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Promised Security

"Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen," (Jude 24, 25).

* In the final two verses of his book, Jude concludes with a jubilant benediction, giving God great praise for keeping us and eventually glorifying us. He bids us rejoice in the truth that the only One who can keep us saved is the One who saved us. And when we stand before Him in blameless glorification, every bit of the credit and glory will be rightly His.

* At the conclusion of his letter, Jude breaks forth into a glorious doxology, praising God for His power in keeping us, and His perfection in glorifying us. We are to rejoice in our present security, and exult in anticipating our glorification when we'll see our Savior. Then, we too, will break forth in the undiluted praise our Lord so richly deserves.

* In the light of God's grace and love, Jude bursts forth in adoration and praise, glorifying the Lord. Two aspects of God's power and provision form the basis for his doxology: (a) He keeps us, and (b) He will glorify us in heaven. In our salvation now He provides security, and at death He promises blameless perfection.

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