His Position Alone
Verse 25 …to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Jude has spent much of his letter warning his readers to be aware of false teachers among them but he ends his letter in a way that should inspire true worship of God. With all the talk about false teachers and how easily they infiltrate the Church Jude makes the firm point in closing that God alone is worthy of our praise. He is our Savior. While we know that He is worthy of praise we often forget what it really means to worship Him as He deserves.
Glory. This may not be a word we think about often but it is something that we should pay attention to when it comes to worshiping God. This is partly acknowledging His splendor and partly proclaiming it. We need to make sure that we are being faithful in knowing Him and making Him known.
We are also to acknowledge His majesty. There is no one else who commands such a majestic presence. Who better to ascribe majesty than the Creator of the universe? Majesty speaks of His being bigger than life. He is more than we can comprehend. Try as we may, we can’t see every aspect of who He is. The question is, how much effort do we put forth to know Him?
His has all power. This is one of the things about God that we often hear questioned. If He is all powerful – and we know He is – then why do bad things happen? We forget that it takes greater power not to make everything perfect. To maintain His character He allows things to happen that may hurt but will shape us into the person He desires us to be.
He holds all authority forever. This so important to remember as we live out the faith as Jude has challenged us to. If we have Christ in the place of Lord in our lives, we will need to remember that He alone holds all authority. We need to obey.
This letter proves that the little brother had finally come to understand things he had witnessed since a child. Jesus is God, God is the ultimate in authority, and there are those trying to confuse God’s people. Jude not only accepted the truth, he lived it and proclaimed it. This should be true of us, too.
Making It Personal
How can true worship of God help your faith grow? If you are honest with yourself would you say that your regular worship is true worship? What needs to change to deepen your worship?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to worship Jesus? Why does Jesus deserve your worship? How can you worship Jesus today?
Father, You alone deserve our worship. You are holy! You are complete in majesty! You hold all power and deserve all the glory. We long to live the lives of faith You want for us. Guide us in Your straight paths. In Jesus’ name, amen.