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Jude 24-25 – God’s Faithfulness and Strength Outlast Everything

Summary

The concluding doxology makes a strong theological statement that resonates with the circumstances that face the letter's audience.

Analysis

Part of a Christian leader's task is to help others see their circumstances in the context of an ongoing purpose, and a primary aspect of this involves holding up hope. This doxology draws a direct link between the ongoing counsels and purposes of God, and the precise and immediate need of the readers of Jude: "to keep you from falling," "to make you stand," and so forth. Nothing that the author can say can make the community's life easy, painless, or safe. It is, however, possible for the right kind of teaching at the right moment, spoken in the right way, to (re-)introduce a sense of the ongoing work of God, which is good, purposeful, and unshakable. In this uplifting doxology, the author brings the letter to a close.

Jude 24-25

Benediction

24 Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, 25to the only God our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and for ever. Amen.

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