To the only wise God our Saviour, [be] glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. – Jude 1:25
Jude, the brother of James and the Lord Jesus Christ, wrote these final words in his stirring epistle about contending for the faith. Jude wraps things up by giving glory to God. He talked about the evil of mankind in the past, even the angels who did not keep their station and did evil, and of the evil that men would still do on earth. He points them out, so that other believers will recognize them for exactly what they are. Yet, after all that he says about evil, he takes the two final verses of the epistle to give God glory.
Starting at verse 24, Jude writes an inspiring conclusion to the entire epistle. It must be inspiring. We use it as a benediction, closing our worship hour as we echo his words with eloquence. It stirs our spirits. We recite the words of Jude that we have committed to memory and we share them with our congregations. In the words of Matthew Henry, “The apostle concludes this epistle with a solemn ascription of glory to the great God.”
It fits. The verses seem to have been laid in just the right place. They seem fitted precisely in the perfect position. They appear nestled in the best place possible, especially after reading of all of the horrific things done throughout the ages.
We should glorify God if we contend for the faith. God will get more glory from our adherence to the tenets of our faith rather than the words of our mouths. We can give God glory through what we do more than what we say. We can profess Him by what we produce rather than what we proclaim.
Jude shared what he had to say so that others would uphold the faith. He did not hold back one bit. He let it fly with both barrels blazing. When the smoke finally cleared, he gave glory to God.
Put your faith into action. Give God the glory.