Jude 1:20-21

"But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life."

Jude 1:20-21 ESV

The love of God opens the epistle of Jude (verse 1), and God as “Savior” closes the epistle (verse 25). God is our Father (verse 1), His “grace” defines salvation in contrast to the perversion of it by the false teachers (verse 4), and the love of God preserves us (verse 21). As God the Savior, He not only “keeps” us here and now (moment to moment) in the present, but in the future, He will “bring” or deliver us into His eternal “presence.” Jude will tell his audience that God's essential and central presence in our temporal lives assures us of the security and comfort of His love and sustaining grace, but also, the central presence of God grants us welcome and access to the eternal life that God and God alone gives us through the sacrifice and redemption of Yeshua, Christ Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Dr. Stephen Isaac continues his sermon series, "Hey Jude," and in these verses, he identifies the invitation of Jude found in verses 20-21. Jude invites, “Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit ... await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ ... keep yourselves safe in God’s love.” Each of those invitations is theologically deep and spiritually intense, even today. Catch up on the Hey Jude series on our YouTube channel. Find out more about Dr. Stephen Isaac here. Looking for churches in Peoria AZ? Reunion Church is a non-denominational Bible-teaching church. Find out what we believe here.

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