To him who is powerful

The glory of God unleashes praises. Several biblical writers break out in emotional moments of adoration to God for what he has done in Christ and for what he will still do for his people. The writers are not able to contain themselves before such goodness and grace. These exclamations have been called doxologies, which are often spontaneous expressions of praise to God, such as can be found in Romans 9.5, Ephesians 3.20-21, Revelation 5.13 and Jude 24-25. This term is not found in the Bible itself.

Jude ends his brief letter of warning with a beautiful expression of praise. He wants to make clear, after alerting his readers to the risk of swerving from the faith and to false teachers who would drag the saints away from Christ, that God is capable of keeping those who believe safe and constant (Keener, Comentário bíblico Atos).

Now to the one who is able to keep you from falling, and to cause you to stand, rejoicing, without blemish before his glorious presence, to the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time, and now, and for all eternity. Amen. Jude 24-25.

In contrast with those who have inserted themselves into the midst of the people of God and slander everything they do not understand, v. 10, Jude insists upon praising him who has revealed himself as the sovereign, powerful, and loving God.

Jude focuses on several things in his conclusion:

  1. The power of God. He is “our Savior.” No one can prevent him from saving us, if we are faithful to Christ.
  2. The glorious presence of God. Jude mentions his glory twice. In the first, he speaks of that glory inherent to God; in the second, of the glory we ought to give him.
  3. The joy of appearing in his eternal presence. The danger of false teachers does not rob us of the joy of life in Christ.
  4. Purification. We will appear before him “without blemish.” Christ became sin for us, 2 Corinthians 5.21.
  5. Eternal praise due to God:before all time, and now, and for all eternity.” What we do now we will do in eternity.

Even in the midst of people who despise the things of God, we make the decision to praise. We find reasons to give him glory. For he will have the last word and will in the end bring all to account.

Translated and adapted from an article published in the Brazilian magazine, Edificação.

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