Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Protected with exceedingly great joy - agalliasis

The word of God is different.

It is so amazing that when you are warned and told to watch out for the enemy, you are at the same time comforted and reminded that you are protected by Someone with the wildest, most extravagant, supernatural joy over you.

Is this even possible?

No ... but then again, you thought it impossible to ever have your sins and blemishes completely obliterated forever.

I was reading the letter of Jude the other day.

The purpose of the Judge's letter is to warn us against false teachers who pervert the truth, who concoct doctrine and do not hold (echō) the Spirit of Christ.

The whole of the letter is a letter of warning. But the last 5 verses comes with a powerful dynamic assurance.

Jude encourages the followers of Christ to nevertheless build themselves up?


By praying in the Spirit of Christ, reminding ourselves of His wondrous work whereby He has made us complete, sinless, holy and reconciled onto God. Jud 1:20

Thus, keeping yourselves in the love of God, looking at the accomplished work, the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ in us unto eternal life. Jud 1:21


And so our compassion towards others, those that allow themselves to be corrupted by the perverted doctrine, should be to pull them from the fire, denouncing every form (doctrine) of self- righteousness (by your own accord keeping the law). Jud 1:23


Jude closes with the best kind of reassurance anyone can hope for.

Now unto him that is able [dunamai - a better translation would be has power] to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy [agalliasis - exceedingly great joy],

To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jud 1:24-25

Yes it's true!

You are secured from falling and presented as faultless by Someone who sings and dances over you with the best, greatest, exuberant joy ever possible - Jesus! Zep3:17

Why not check it out for yourself?

It is catchy and contagious ...

Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory 1Pet 1:8
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