The Lord of Jude

Welcome back everyone to Deeper Waters. Tonight, we’re going to wrap up the book of Jude and then move on to Revelation where we will be ready to wrap up our Trinitarian Commentary. I hope you all have enjoyed it. I do ask for your continued prayers on my path to Christlikeness. Thing seems to be going well in that area and especially thanks to some friends of mine who helped chat with me about various issues today. Also, prayer for my financial situation. This Christmas has been tight. Finally, prayer for an area in my life I wish to leave unnamed. God knows. Tonight, we’re going to finish Jude not with one verse but rather a collection of verses.

First is verse 5:

5Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.

Notice in this case the Lord is the one who delivers his people out of Egypt.

And verse 9:

9But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

Notice in this case, the Lord is the one who will punish the devil.

And verses 14-15:

14Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy onesĀ 15to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”

This is a key one in my belief. The Lord is coming to judge. The New Testament writers knew about Jesus coming to judge, but not about God the Father coming to judge.

Verse 17:

17But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold.

The Lord in this case is specifically said to be Jesus Christ.

And in verse 21:

21Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

And here, we see a distinction of persons between God, meaning the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

And finally, verse 25:

25to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Once again, we see a distinction.

So what’s the point?

The point is if we take Lord to be Jesus Christ and we hear that Jesus is our only Lord, well let’s look at what the Lord does in these passages. He is the one who delivers the people of Israel from Egypt. He is the one who judges the devil. He is the one who is coming to judge. This is a high position.

Also, if all of this applies to one person, Jesus, in Jude 4, then that means that the Jehovah’s Witnesses have a problem with their favorite verse of John 17:3. By their standards, the Father cannot be Lord then and he could not have been the one to deliver from Egypt, judge the devil, etc.

What’s the conclusion? Jesus is Lord in the sense that he is Lord and God.

Tomorrow, we begin Revelation.

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