In our last visit we began a study of the next to last book in the Bible, the book of Jude. Now let’s start a chapter study of this book. Begin by identifying a title and key verse. Then we’ll put what we find in the book into one statement. We’ll consider some cross-references and some questions that might be raised. Then we’ll develop an outline, followed by some personal applications.
When I did this I felt a fitting title might be, Prepared and Kept for the Presentation! The verse I chose as the key verse is the latter half of verse 1: “To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ.”
Isn’t that a comforting and confidence building thought? As Christians we are called, loved and will be kept, If you link this up with the closing benediction in verses 24-25 it’s clear that God is able to not only keep us from falling or stumbling until the day He presents us in His presence, but also to prepare us for that glorious day. He promises to prepare us so that we will be “without fault and with great joy.”
No wonder Jude breaks into praise in verse 25, declaring, “to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!” “Before all ages” refers to the calling mentioned in verse 1. “Now” refers to our being loved. And “forevermore” refers to our being kept. Let me suggest you memorize this key verse and the closing benediction.