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  • 1. Jude 24-25
  • 2. "I rejoice to know that I have a God who can shake the world."
  • 3.
    • The God we serve is immensely powerful.
  • 4.
    • The God we serve is immensely powerful.
      • He can shake the world, for he created the world.
  • 5.
    • The God we serve is immensely powerful.
      • He can shake the world, for he created the world.
      • God demonstrates his power from the Conquest of Canaan to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • 6.
    • The God we serve is immensely powerful.
    • Jude concludes his short book with praise of God’s power.
  • 7.
    • The God we serve is immensely powerful.
    • Jude concludes his short book with praise of God’s power.
      • Synagogue services often ended with praise of God & it’s appropriate that we pause to praise him.
  • 8.
    • The God we serve is immensely powerful.
    • Jude concludes his short book with praise of God’s power.
      • Synagogue services often ended with praise of God & it’s appropriate that we pause to praise him.
      • This morning, we want to look at Jude’s praise that we might praise God more appropriately.
  • 9.
    • GOD IS ABLE TO PRESERVE YOU
    • GOD IS ABLE TO PRESENT YOU
    • GOD IS ABLE TO BE PRAISED BY YOU
  • 10. He is Able to Preserve You
    • v 24
  • 11.
    • “ Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling” (v 24a, ESV).
  • 12.
    • Jude has just written about the dangers of falling away.
  • 13.
    • Jude has just written about the dangers of falling away.
      • “ Certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” (v 4, ESV).
  • 14.
    • Jude has just written about the dangers of falling away.
      • “ Certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” (v 4, ESV).
      • “ These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted” (v 12, ESV).
  • 15.
    • “ If these false teachers have fallen away, what about me? How am I going to keep from falling?”
  • 16.
    • “ If these false teachers have fallen away, what about me? How am I going to keep from falling?”
    • Falling away is a real possibility.
  • 17.
    • “ If these false teachers have fallen away, what about me? How am I going to keep from falling?”
    • Falling away is a real possibility.
      • “ You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace” (Gal 5:4, ESV).
  • 18.
    • “ If these false teachers have fallen away, what about me? How am I going to keep from falling?”
    • Falling away is a real possibility.
      • “ You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace” (Gal 5:4, ESV).
      • “ If, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first” (2 Pt 2:20, ESV).
  • 19. But, the possibility of apostasy is only half the story.
  • 20. But, the possibility of apostasy is only half the story.
    • God is able to keep us from falling away.
  • 21. How does God keep us from falling away?
  • 22.
    • Some would say that God does this in spite of what we do.
  • 23.
    • Some would say that God does this in spite of what we do.
    • If so, how does Paul write that the Galatians had fallen away?
  • 24.
    • God preserves us by keeping us from being tempted beyond what we can handle.
  • 25.
    • God preserves us by keeping us from being tempted beyond what we can handle.
      • “ My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” (Jn 10:29, ESV).
  • 26.
    • God preserves us by keeping us from being tempted beyond what we can handle.
      • “ My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” (Jn 10:29, ESV).
      • “ No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Cor 10:13, ESV).
  • 27.
    • God preserves us through his Word.
  • 28.
    • God preserves us through his Word.
      • “ I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Ps 119:11, ESV).
  • 29.
    • God preserves us through his Word.
      • “ I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Ps 119:11, ESV).
      • God instilled that Word with great power.
  • 30.
    • God preserves us through his Word.
      • “ I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Ps 119:11, ESV).
      • God instilled that Word with great power: “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb 4:12, ESV).
  • 31.
    • God preserves us through his Word.
      • “ I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Ps 119:11, ESV).
      • God instilled that Word with great power: “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb 4:12, ESV).
      • The Word tells us what to do to keep from falling.
  • 32.
    • God preserves us through his Word.
      • “ I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Ps 119:11, ESV).
      • God instilled that Word with great power: “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb 4:12, ESV).
      • The Word tells us what to do to keep from falling.
        • “ If you practice these qualities you will never fall” (2 Pt 1:10, ESV).
  • 33.
    • God preserves us through his Word.
      • “ I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Ps 119:11, ESV).
      • God instilled that Word with great power: “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb 4:12, ESV).
      • The Word tells us what to do to keep from falling.
        • “ If you practice these qualities you will never fall” (2 Pt 1:10, ESV).
        • It’s possible to keep from falling!
  • 34.
    • God will draw near to us.
  • 35.
    • God will draw near to us.
      • “ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (Js 4:7-8, ESV).
  • 36.
    • God will draw near to us.
      • “ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (Js 4:7-8, ESV).
      • As we walk with God, God will draw near to us & preserve us.
  • 37.
    • God will keep us from falling, but we must be willing for him to do so.
  • 38.
    • God will keep us from falling, but we must be willing for him to do so.
      • God won’t allow me to be tempted beyond my ability, but I must endure the temptation.
  • 39.
    • God will keep us from falling, but we must be willing for him to do so.
      • God won’t allow me to be tempted beyond my ability, but I must endure the temptation.
      • God’s Word will preserve me, but I must study it.
  • 40.
    • God will keep us from falling, but we must be willing for him to do so.
      • God won’t allow me to be tempted beyond my ability, but I must endure the temptation.
      • God’s Word will preserve me, but I must study it.
      • God will draw near to me, but I must draw near to him.
  • 41. Are you allowing God to preserve you?
  • 42. God is Able to Present You
    • v 24
  • 43.
    • “ Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy” (v 24b, ESV).
  • 44.
    • God has a greatly glorious presence.
  • 45.
    • God has a greatly glorious presence.
      • Because the Lord’s glory entered the tabernacle, Moses was not able to enter the tent (Ex 40:34-35).
  • 46.
    • God has a greatly glorious presence.
      • Because the Lord’s glory entered the tabernacle, Moses was not able to enter the tent (Ex 40:34-35).
      • “ O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens” (Ps 8:1, ESV).
  • 47.
    • God has a greatly glorious presence.
    • Because God’s glory is so great, those who witnessed that glory often feared.
  • 48.
    • God has a greatly glorious presence.
    • Because God’s glory is so great, those who witnessed that glory often feared.
      • “ The appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel” (Ex 24:17, ESV).
  • 49.
    • God has a greatly glorious presence.
    • Because God’s glory is so great, those who witnessed that glory often feared.
      • “ The appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel” (Ex 24:17, ESV).
      • Isaiah: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” (Is 6:5, ESV).
  • 50.
    • God is going to present us in his glorious presence.
  • 51.
    • God is going to present us in his glorious presence.
      • That is a place mortal man cannot dwell.
  • 52.
    • God is going to present us in his glorious presence.
      • That is a place mortal man cannot dwell.
      • “ You cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live” (Ex 33:20, ESV).
  • 53. When I am in God's presence, I will be without fault & have great joy.
  • 54.
    • Being without fault will be God’s doing, for I am full of faults.
  • 55.
    • Being without fault will be God’s doing, for I am full of faults.
    • “ It is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one’ ” (Rom 3:10-12, ESV).
  • 56. What sins have you committed?
  • 57.
    • God, having removed those sins, will stand you faultless before his throne.
  • 58.
    • God, having removed those sins, will stand you faultless before his throne.
      • “ For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us” (Ps 103:11-12, ESV).
  • 59.
    • God, having removed those sins, will stand you faultless before his throne.
      • Ps 103:11-12, ESV).
      • “ Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Mic 7:18-19, ESV).
  • 60.
    • This is only a promise for those who are in Christ.
  • 61.
    • This is only a promise for those who are in Christ.
      • “ There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus ” (Rom 8:1, ESV).
  • 62.
    • This is only a promise for those who are in Christ.
      • “ There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus ” (Rom 8:1, ESV).
      • “ If we walk in the light , as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 Jn 1:7, ESV).
  • 63. Has God forgiven your sins through Jesus?
  • 64.
    • God will also present us before his throne with great joy.
  • 65.
    • God will also present us before his throne with great joy.
      • We have all experienced great joy in this life.
  • 66.
    • God will also present us before his throne with great joy.
      • We have all experienced great joy in this life.
      • But, that joy shall not compare to the joy of being in God’s presence!
  • 67. God is Able to be Praised by You
    • v 25
  • 68.
    • “ To the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen” (v 25, ESV).
  • 69.
    • Jude refers to God as “the only God, our Savior.”
  • 70.
    • Jude refers to God as “the only God, our Savior.”
      • He likely refers to God in this way because of the false teachers he was combating.
  • 71.
    • Jude refers to God as “the only God, our Savior.”
      • He likely refers to God in this way because of the false teachers he was combating.
        • He refers to these heretics as “ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” (v 4, ESV).
  • 72.
    • Jude refers to God as “the only God, our Savior.”
      • He likely refers to God in this way because of the false teachers he was combating.
        • He refers to these heretics as “ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” (v 4, ESV).
        • Many heretics in the early church denied the deity of Jesus.
  • 73.
    • Jude refers to God as “the only God, our Savior.”
      • He likely refers to God in this way because of the false teachers he was combating.
        • He refers to these heretics as “ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” (v 4, ESV).
        • Many heretics in the early church denied the deity of Jesus.
      • Jude could be saying that both the Father and the Son are divine and worked actively for man’s salvation.
  • 74.
    • In his doxology, Jude mentions four attributes of God.
  • 75.
    • In his doxology, Jude mentions four attributes of God.
      • Glory.
  • 76.
    • In his doxology, Jude mentions four attributes of God.
      • Glory.
        • “ Glory” refers to God’s radiance & moral splendor.
  • 77.
    • In his doxology, Jude mentions four attributes of God.
      • Glory.
        • “ Glory” refers to God’s radiance & moral splendor.
        • “ The priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD” (1 Ki 8:11, ESV).
  • 78.
    • In his doxology, Jude mentions four attributes of God.
      • Glory.
      • Majesty.
  • 79.
    • In his doxology, Jude mentions four attributes of God.
      • Glory.
      • Majesty.
        • “ Majesty” refers to God’s greatness.
  • 80.
    • In his doxology, Jude mentions four attributes of God.
      • Glory.
      • Majesty.
        • “ Majesty” refers to God’s greatness.
        • “ The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt” (Ps 93:1, ESV).
  • 81.
    • In his doxology, Jude mentions four attributes of God.
      • Glory.
      • Majesty.
      • Power.
  • 82.
    • In his doxology, Jude mentions four attributes of God.
      • Glory.
      • Majesty.
      • Power.
        • The Lord has power like no other.
  • 83.
    • In his doxology, Jude mentions four attributes of God.
      • Glory.
      • Majesty.
      • Power.
        • The Lord has power like no other.
        • “ By his power he stilled the sea; by his understanding he shattered Rahab. By his wind the heavens were made fair; his hand pierced the fleeing serpent. Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?” (Job 26:12-14, ESV).
  • 84.
    • In his doxology, Jude mentions four attributes of God.
      • Glory.
      • Majesty.
      • Power.
      • Authority.
  • 85.
    • In his doxology, Jude mentions four attributes of God.
      • Glory.
      • Majesty.
      • Power.
      • Authority.
        • God shall use his great authority to subdue all his enemies.
  • 86.
    • In his doxology, Jude mentions four attributes of God.
      • Glory.
      • Majesty.
      • Power.
      • Authority.
        • God shall use his great authority to subdue all his enemies.
        • “ O LORD, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you” (2 Chr 20:6, ESV).
  • 87.
    • This praise is to be ascribed to God “before all time and now and forever.”
  • 88.
    • This praise is to be ascribed to God “before all time and now and forever.”
      • God deserves eternal praise, for he is eternal.
  • 89.
    • This praise is to be ascribed to God “before all time and now and forever.”
      • God deserves eternal praise, for he is eternal—“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” (Rev 4:8, ESV).
  • 90. Are you ascribing to God the praise that is his due?
  • 91. Is your life a life of praise?
  • 92. Is your life a life of praise?
    • Do you need to make your life a life of praise this morning?