Summary: Exposition of Jude 24-25
Text: Jude 24-25, Title: Last Words, Date/Place: 11/4/06, AM
A. Opening illustration: Thursday, December 21, 1899, after cutting short a Kansas City crusade and returning home in ill health, D. L. Moody told his family, “I’m not discouraged. I want to live as long as I am useful, but when my work is done I want to be up and off.”
B. Background to passage: Jude forgoes a lot of the customary greetings, prayers, and such that usually follow a letter and ends with a doxology; which in Jewish tradition usually followed a sermon. But what a sermon, and what a closing! These are the last words that we have in the NT of Jude. These are the words that he leaves for a congregation that is about to face head on these false teachers that have crept in unaware. He wants these last two thoughts to remain fixed, lingering in their minds, as they begin this battle to contend earnestly for the faith.
C. Main thought: He wants them to remember two great truths to carry them through the battle.
A. Security in God (v. 24)
1. As these believers begin to assault the forces of darkness, Jude reminds them that their security lies in Christ. He says that God is able to keep them from falling. This word was used of those who turned from the faith, fell from grace, apostatized from Christ. Believers are eternally secure in Christ. Those that have truly believed cannot ultimately fall away from the faith. Not because of their abilities, but because of God’s promises, abilities, and purpose. Argue for eternal security based on the sacrifice of Christ, and the promises of God. And not only will they not fall, God will present them (establish or cause to stand) faultless or “without spot” in the presence of his glory with exceeding joy! It not that believers will just barely make it across the finish line, they will be perfected victorious. God rejoices over believers that have been made, declared righteous.
3. Illustration: Charles Stanley’s story about wondering at night if he is really repented of all his sin for that day and kept his salvation, I like to ask people like that when they will lose theirs, Erickson says, “Christ does not simply give us eternal life, then abandon us to our human self-efforts.” “The NT never teaches a doctrine of unjustification, reimpartation of sin, taking back of righteousness or forgiveness, unadoption, unredemption or selling off of saints, taking back of the Holy Spirit, nor of the spiritual killing of one who has been made alive!” Some life insurance company giving all these examples of promises with ending dates, then said, at _________ we make promises that have no ending dates. During initial construction on the Golden Gate Bridge, no safety devices were used and 23 men fell to their deaths. For the final part of the project, however, a large net was used as a safety precaution. At least 10 men fell into it and were saved from certain death. Even more interesting, however, is the fact that 25% more work was accomplished after the net was installed. Why? Because the men had the assurance of their safety, and they were free to wholeheartedly serve the project. Security in a godly marriage…
4. As you witness, as you do missions, as you struggle with sin, as you struggle with doubt, remember, you can really trust God with your salvation. He is faithful and trustworthy with it. Until you settle this question in your mind with the scriptures, you will not be able to fully give yourself unto the Lord in ministry. He has promised to complete what He started in you, and conform you into the image of Christ, and present you as a trophy of His grace and mercy in a perfected state in which your glorified spirit and body will be able to withstand the blazing brightness of the shekinah glory of God because you are covered with an asbestos coating of the righteous of Christ; and do it all with exceedingly great joy! What a marvelous thought that you won’t be consumed by the absolute white hot holiness of God Himself! What a thought that one day you will enjoy life without sin! Think about it. What a marvelous thought that God rejoices over you; you bring Him pleasure and joy. Of course, the corollary is that if you do fall away, you were never His to begin with.
B. Supremacy of God (v. 25)
1. There is no verb in the Gr. Jude is bursting forth in praise to his God. He attributes to God six things. First, exclusivity and wisdom. There is none like Him! Our finite little brains can only conceive of small bits of His awesome person. We will NEVER be able to fully comprehend all of who He is! Better plans, purposes, or situations could not be imagined than God’s. Don’t try, it is impossible! Glory is the weighty, majestic presence consisting of all His divine attributes being manifest in the blinding brightness and radiance of His presence. Majesty is His kingly exaltedness; his splendor and greatness; of which you can never exaggerate, overstate, or even express adequately. Dominion refers to the extent of His might and rule over all of creation. And power or “authority” denotes His intrinsic right to rule and reign over the creation that He made. Jude is also kind enough to share with us the time constraints upon the rule of God. NONE. You note the feeling of “savoring” within Jude’s language.