Jude 24-25 – “To the only God our Savior, through Yeshua the Messiah our Lord”

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POSTED 28 JANUARY, 2018

reproduced from Salvation on the Line, Volume II

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Yeshua the Messiah our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”

In the closing salutation of the Epistle of Jude, glory is issued monō Theō sōtēri hēmōn dia Iēsou Christou tou Kuriou hēmōn, “to [the] only God [the] Savior of us through Jesus Christ the Lord of us” (Jude 25, Brown and Comfort).[1] As is seen throughout Jude, Yeshua the Messiah is not an independent entity, who performs actions in disassociation from the Father:

“Jude, a bond-servant of Yeshua the Messiah, and brother of James, to those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Yeshua the Messiah: May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you” (Jude 1-2)

“For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Yeshua the Messiah” (Jude 4).

“These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah to eternal life” (Jude 1:19).

A survey of each of these three passages shows how interconnected the activity of God the Father and Yeshua the Son is: “loved by God the Father and kept for Yeshua the Messiah” (Jude 1, CJB/CJSB), “who pervert God’s grace into a license for debauchery and disown our only Master and Lord, Yeshua the Messiah” (Jude 4, CJB/CJSB), “keep yourselves in God’s love, as you wait for our Lord Yeshua the Messiah to give you the mercy” (Jude 1, CJB/CJSB). Jude 25 concludes the letter, extolling “God alone, our Deliverer, through Yeshua the Messiah, our Lord” (CJB/CJSB). The Epistle of Jude, at twenty-five verses, was mainly composed to address a false teaching promoting licentiousness, but even within such a short letter, readers do see that Yeshua the Son is the agent by which “God our Savior” (Theō sōtēri hēmōn) can be experienced. Those who hold to a high Christology of Yeshua being integrated into the Divine Identity, hardly consider Yeshua being God as something to the dismissal of the Heavenly Father.

Not to be overlooked, though, is how Jude 20-21 makes light of “praying in the Ruach ha-Kodesh. Keep yourselves in the love of God, eagerly waiting for the mercy of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah that leads to eternal life” (TLV). Here a revealed tri-unity of the Godhead can be detected with the Spirit, God the Father, and the Lord Yeshua being referred to. While the traditional Christian doctrine of the Trinity may be recognized as being incomplete at times, it is hardly non-Biblical or even pagan, as it is derived from passages such as Jude 20-21.


NOTES

[1] Brown and Comfort, 850.