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“Although a man knew, and could do as much as the angels in heaven, yet all this would not make him a Christian, unless he knew Christ and believed in Him. God says, “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might; let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him that glories, glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I AM the Lord, which doth exercise loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness.” -Martin Luther, Table Talk (Of Justification, ccxi)

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The Doxology of Jude

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 24-25 NIV

In the epistle of Jude, a letter supposedly written by Jude the brother of Christ (Mark 6.3. Matt 13.55), yet from the text all we really gather is that he is a Ιησου Χριστου δουλος (slave of Jesus Christ) , and the αδελφος δε Ιακωβου (brother of Jakob/James). So, setting that and the many other textual-critical issues aside (I will be addressing these thing thoroughly, when I start my commentary on Jude in the next few weeks) as of now, I want to shed light on one of the most beautiful doxologies in all of scripture, which is in an often “forgotten” book of the bible.

In Jude you have one of the many doxologies in the new testament. Many letters end in a benediction, but Jude ends like a liturgical sermon. My goal here today is not exposition or exegesis, but just to warm your heart with a beautiful declaration of the glory of Christ, and the promise of His power to preserve his chosen. Please read and worship our Lord…hope you are blessed!

Blessings in Christ, the One who can keep you from falling, and present you before his glory without blemish,

Mike

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While Pondering on life today, it amazes me that there is nothing more upside down than the Gospel. If you really step back and think about it, the majority of the time we are rebelling against God! He gives us the things that we need, but we want something else. He gives blessings in abundance, yet we are still ungrateful. As I sit back and think it really disturbs me of our condition…rebels. Yet when we truly reflect on the saving work of Jesus, we should fall on our faces and plea for forgiveness, and then arise boldly and walk under the Lordship of Jesus. I will leave you with the words or creed of the early 1st century church:

Here is a trustworthy saying:

If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
if we are faithless,
he will remain faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.

2 Timothy 2.11-13

To Christ be all the glory,

Mike

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Dear Friends,

I must be quick about this, for this is a timely message! While we celebrate the gifts we receive and the food we eat we must know that this should be a time of reflection on the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah. Two-thousand years ago the “Word became flesh”, the eternally begotten Son of Yahweh, entered into this world and through His death and resurrection he has brought peace and goodwill to those who he calls sons. There is a problem though… Read Psalm 2 to analyze our condition.

Psalm 2

1 Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth take their stand
and the rulers gather together
against the LORD
and against his Anointed One.
3 “Let us break their chains,” they say,
“and throw off their fetters.

4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then he rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my King
on Zion, my holy hill.

7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD :
He said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.
8 Ask of me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will rule them with an iron scepter ;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry
and you be destroyed in your way,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

See, while we war against God he sits in heaven “laughs” at us…do we not realize that He will “dash us to pieces like potter”?

So What must we do? Both John the Baptist and Jesus said, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is near.” The Gospel of the Kingdom calls all people to turn from there sins, trust in Jesus as saviour, and to come under the complete Lordship of Jesus Christ. You must not only believe the Gospel, but live it! What is the Gospel? For starters I will leave you with the words of St.
Paul, but encourage to read the entire bible to truly understand redemptive history:

1Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 6After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
9For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

-St Paul 1 Corinthians 15.
1-11

God Bless and Merry Christmas!

Mike

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Hey Guys,

I will be starting my online commentary on the epistle of Jude within the next week hopefully, so stay tuned. I will be leaving for a mission trip to Israel on Jan 3 and arriving back the 16th so it might take longer that expected!

Christ’s blessings!

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When will we stand for Christ?

Jesus Christ is God! All you Christians (including myself), when will we finally learn that this earth and the “treasures” in it have no eternal value? When will we walk in the suffering and death of Christ and rejoice in the pain that comes through it? Christ suffered and died so that His kingdom would prevail…Christianity is about Christ, not our watered down interpretation of what we can get from it. We should be ashamed, take up our cross, and never look back, for we are “allowed” to be apart of His kingdom. We do not deserve it, we never will… So repent, trust in God, and take up your Cross and follow Him into his sufferings and death if required. Rejoice and pursue Christ. Onward solider of the Name!

In Christ,

Mike Templin

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