Peter’s Profound Praise

In Your Bible: 2 Peter 3:18

Peter (as did Jude) reminds believers in the church not to accept false teaching. Then he encourages believers to remain steadfast in the true teaching from the disciples. This letter ends with praise to our almighty God.

Mature in Christ

Peter tells believers, . . . grow [spiritually mature] in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory (honor, majesty, splendor), both now and to the day of eternity. Amen (2 Peter 3:18 AMP).

Profound Doxology

An ancient manuscript originally in Aramaic from the Syriac Bible * greatly amplifies our key verse (2 Peter 3:18)—Peter’s doxology:

. . . to him [be] glory, both now, and forever; or “to the day of eternity”; that is, to Christ, who is truly God, or otherwise such a doxology would not belong to him, be ascribed the glory of deity, of all divine perfections; the glory of all his offices and work as Mediator; the glory of man’s salvation; and the glory of all that grace, and the growth of it, together with the knowledge of himself, which saints have from him; and that both in this world, and that which is to come. Amen; so be it

Sometimes we look for profound words to worship our Lord, its’ best to just let it flow. This letter Peter writes, rightfully ends with praise to our almighty God.

Prayer: Father, you are full of wonder, amazing deeds, and overflowing in benevolent grace to me. I praise you. Alleluiah.

* http://www.bl.uk › Online Gallery > › Sacred texts > › Syriac Bible >

* Also John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible, 2 Peter 3:17-18, online, Christianity.com

Majesty of God-Part Two of Doxologies

In Your Bible: Jude 25

After Jude discloses many challenges that the unfaithful bring into the church, he encourages the faithful to remain steadfast in what they’ve been taught. He affirms God cares for true believers all the time. Jude closes his letter with powerful words of praise. Look upward to the God of glory and seek his face.

God’s Attributes

To God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory, majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen (Jude 25 New King James). When we acknowledge these wonderful truths about God, we glorify God. We must recognize and declare it. Selah.

Jude also does an amazing job communicating the greatness of God too.

  • Yes, our only Savior
  • The only Wise One
  • Look and see his glory and majesty
  • He has dominion and awesome power
  • Now and forevermore

Interestingly, the words now and forevermore, could also be translated “unto all ages” which is eternity. Indeed our victory and triumph is in God forever.

Stay Connected

This doxology reveals God’s glory and our destiny in him. If we keep connected we cannot fall. Believers do not have to slink shamefully into the presence of God. We are presented to him with exceeding JOY! Look upward to the God of glory and seek his face.

Prayer: Father, what a wonder you are, Savior, Wise One, Awesome One. Glorious One, you are Messiah.

God is Able – Part One of Doxologies

In Your Bible: Jude 24

Jude the-half-brother of Jesus, likely the writer this book, warns believers against falling away from the faith. Especially in challenging times we must press in and fully trust in our mighty God. Jude encourages believers concerning God’s ability to help the faithful. God cares for all believers all the time.

He Is Able

Jude’s doxology encouraged believers then as well as it does us today.

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling 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).

Yes, he is able and desires to manifest our character as one with Him and we must be recognized as in him. Paul’s letter to the Colossians also says it succinctly, Christ in you the hope of glory (Col 1:27 NIV).

How can we keep from stumbling . . . with God’s help?

  • We must obey Him and keep His Word in our heart, mind and soul,
  • We must keep near him in prayer and listen to him, and be alert to what He is doing
  • We must show His mercy through Jesus’ love

He Presents us Faultless

Yes, we know we have faults, fears, doubts, and sorrows. Yet the Redeemer says his people are faultless in him. Let us look to Him who is able to keep us from falling. He desires to improve and maintain the work he has created in us. Then we will be presented before him and all his glory. God cares for all believers.

Prayer: Father, what a wonder you are. Sin does not have victory over me. I readily accept your transforming work in me for your glory.

New Topic – Doxology

Today we begin a study on insights from several doxologies in the Bible. Before the 17th Century, a doxology was often spoken out loud before a congregation by a pastor and then repeated by the congregation line for line. Simply put, a doxology is a hymn or song of praise to God. *

Protestant Doxologies

In Protestant traditions, The Doxology or The Common Doxology, is normally sung as a hymn. The following doxology, written by Thomas Ken in 1674 ** is still sung in churches today.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Catholic Doxologies

In Catholicism, doxology is a liturgical formula (or hymn) to give glory to God.

  • The Gloria in Excelsis (an expansion of Luke 2:14) is sometimes called the Greater Doxology.
  • The Gloria Patri (Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, world without end, Amen). It is often called the Lesser Doxology.

Wonderfully, three types of prayer are used, vocal, meditative and contemplative. Here, the focus reflects on Jesus’ life as the words of the church’s basic prayers are repeated.

My focus will be on Scriptures. We’ll find several doxologies in the Old and New Testaments. Simply put, a doxology is a hymn or song of praise to God.

Prayer: Father, every living creature on earth yearns to praise you. With heartfelt thanks, I too praise you.

* Webster’s’ New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, Michael Agnes and David B. Guralnik, 2001, IGD Books Worldwide, Inc., p 431.

** Thomas Ken, britanica.com,17th-century Anglican bishop and hymn writer.

Used for the Lord’s Purpose

In Your Bible: Acts 28: 30,31

This is the last blog on the study of Acts. Paul spent his remaining two years in Rome ministering to any who came to see him. In his overall ministry, he traveled extensively and wrote letters to churches he planted. Paul was chosen by God to travel, tell and teach about the risen Lord.

From Persecutor to Proclaimer

Saul persecuted Christians and put fear in the hearts of the followers of Jesus. He experienced God’s grace through a face to face encounter with Jesus himself! The Holy Spirit empowered Saul (now Paul) to tell Jews and Gentiles about Jesus. His path was difficult, but he accomplished much.

Paul Taught in Rome

Paul spent his final years in Rome in his own rented quarters. He welcomed all who came to him and taught them about the Kingdom of God with unhindered teaching. Paul was chosen by God to travel, tell and teach about the risen Lord.

Prayer: Father, what a joy it is to know you care for me. I need your help to keep my hands open to share with others the love you shower on me.

Questions: You have seen the Holy Spirit work through the disciples. In what manner does the Holy Spirit work in your life? How was the fall of the Holy Spirit crucial to the birth of the Church?