The Doxology of the Christian Life
As Jude contemplates the encroaching work of the enemy, he ends up on this tremendous doxology. It is really more than a doxology...it is really a confession of faith. The Bible has a number of doxologies and doxologies are not prayers, but they are confessions of faith. And against the black background of all that has been said concerning the last days in which we now find ourselves, he comes out with this tremendous doxology, the confession of his faith.
The first word of verse 24 in the English Bible is "now", but it really ought to be "but", because Jude is beginning a stark contrast to what he has already.
"But to Him that is able to keep you from falling and to
present you faultless before the presence of His glory
with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior
through Jesus Christ our Lord be glory and majesty,
dominion and power both now and forever. Amen."
Several years ago, I was suffering from some form of insomnia. I went for weeks and weeks without being able to sleep at night. Finally, I went to my doctor and told him I needed to have something because it was just dragging on for weeks and even into months without being able to sleep. And this particular doctor was not one who liked to prescribe sleeping pills and so he said that he wanted to teach me self-hypnosis so you'll be able just to put yourself to sleep every night. He said he would teach me absolutely to relax and put myself to sleep. So, I said, "Alright." And I went several times while he taught me self-hypnosis. Simply a method by which you concentrate and you talk yourself into going to sleep. Some of you don't need to be talked into going to sleep, it's just natural, but I needed to be talked into going to sleep.
The main thrust of his particular method, and there are many methods, but his was that I would go and sit in his office, and he would say, "Now, I want you ...
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