The Wondrous Power of God

Today, we consider the wondrous power of God. As we embark, let’s process the term Authentic—of undisputed origin, genuine, legitimate, bonafide, the real McCoy. I find this idiom interesting, as it relates to being “authentic for,” on one hand, it speaks of truth, the real McCoy, though its etymology is surrounded by numerous false backgrounds. Whether from a Scot’s heritage found a 19th-century poem which was then washed through an English filter or from Elijah McCoy’s patented oil drip cup designed for locomotives, tell me does it have the real McCoy? Some say it’s derived from spirits, as it was the catchphrase of a hard liquor ad in the middle of the last century. No doubt it has a curious set of histories. While Jude’s letter is not surrounded by such curiosities those Jude is warning about do seem to hold some oddities in their faith. And ultimately in one of the most neglected books of the Bible, probably stemming brevity, we find a teaching about Authentic Christianity.

The Authenticity of our faith luffs in the wind of life like a flag or banner flown above some lives. Offering all who cross the path a touch point. As the heralds of Christ are we men and women of integrity? Simply defined as doing what is right when no one is looking. This is a life lesson we are learning in the Savage household. Though no one is around or looking are we doing what’s right? So that when we cross the path of others we can be Authentic, genuine, real. The same person in public, as we are in private. When we arrive at Jude’s epistle, it’s been neatly tucked in front of Revelation. Standing proudly as a warning, it is as if it was purposefully placed there to ask us a question about our lives before the end begins. 

This economically concise and wonderful book on authentic Christianity shares with the reader the power of inspection. With no chapters and only verses, it is the last of the general epistles, a letter from God written as open editorials to the way some were living. Proverbs 16:25~There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death. (NIV) These general epistles: James, both Peters, all 3 Johns and Jude were not written to a particular church, but to the church at large in their wide locations and various states. Therefore, simply bearing the author’s name. 

Jude was probably written around 69AD a dangerous time for Jerusalem Jews who were in the midst of a great revolt in the late 60s. A four-year-long battle has Rome standing outside the city gates, laying siege the last three years. Jerusalem is about to fall, as was the Temples and faith as it had been practiced for centuries. The old covenant was already fulfilled as this locomotive, which had run its course, was out of gas. Jesus Christ had given a new covenant in His own blood. Jude desired that we live like Christ.

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