Jude ends his short but not effective sermonette with a doxology. This is both a sign of maturity on his part, but also a shining example of what to do with a heavy heart. We must remember that the context in which Jude was written was one of urgency. He felt the need to co-opt his message to his flock about salvation with one of vigilance. Indeed, the message includes that strong sense of boldness and conviction and immediacy of action, but it Carrie’s with it the proper heart-set of a true discipleship as well. This is demonstrated in his ending statement which is not an ominous note of a coming battle if one doesn’t alter behavior now. Instead it is a beautiful and targeted statement of thanks and praise. In all of the ways that the proto-gnostics had tried to infiltrate, Jude now gives a complete statement of praise as a means of final combat. Within his doxology is the recognition of who God really is, despite their lies. As leaders, we often forget to end in praise. Jude provides us with not just important instruction for vigilance, but for attitude during difficult seasons.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts