Glory, Majesty, Dominion, and Authority Keep Us Safe For Everlasting Joy

This is the ninth and final post with my sermon notes from the Together for the Gospel Conference (T4G) that was held from April 10-12 in Louisville, KY. To see my other sermon notes from T4G, click here

Speaker: John Piper                                        Key text: Jude 1:24-25

Listen to the full sermon: Audio || Video

This passage in Jude is a doxology. Doxology means declaring the attributes of God which make God’s actions real. God keeps Christians from stumbling, presents them blameless, and gives them joy.

As a Christian, if my steadfastness in the faith depends on me, I wouldn’t be a Christian still. Jude is amazed at what it takes to keep Christians saved. God’s power and force can’t be quantified. God’s glory, majesty, dominion, and authority keep all things in being. 

God creates spiritual life where there was once death. If the Holy Spirit left a Christian and he/she was disunited from Christ, that person would cease to be a Christian. Believers are united to Jesus by the Spirit. If there’s no Spirit, there’s no autonomous spiritual life in an individual. God makes me a Christian, keeps me a Christian, and will keep me a Christian. If the decisive source of faithfulness must come from the individual, it will not come; it is not there. Jesus created it by coming. Believers bring nothing decisive to their regeneration as a Christian or their perseverance as a Christian.

Two Ways to Measure God’s Sustenance:

  1. Creating and sustaining spiritual life is nothing we can do but something that God alone does. That’s the infinite difference between humans and God.
  2. It takes God’s glory, majesty, dominion, and authority to do it. There is no way to measure the force that it takes on God’s part to sustain our faith.

How God Sustains Christians:

  1. God is decisively our keeper
  2. Christians are called, loved, and kept by God. Those he calls, he keeps. There is an absolute certainty between being called and being kept. Evidence of not being called: not craving Christ and treasuring grace.
  3. Eternal security is a community commitment
  4. Working out salvation because God works in and through believers for his good purposes
  5. The love of God called the Christian, keeps the Christian, so the Christian should keep himself in the love of God. Christians keep themselves by being kept. God enables Christians to do self-keeping things.
    • Building up in faith
    • Praying in the Holy Spirit. Don’t pray alone; pray with the Spirit.
    • Waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promises
    • When God acts on a Christian to keep him/her, God is fulfilling the New Covenant. God purchased salvation and preservation on the cross of Jesus Christ.

When people are awakened to God’s mercy, it is through Jesus Christ. He is the gospel!

-Lawson
Learn It. Love It. Live It.

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About Lawson Hembree
Lawson is an entrepreneur, ministry leader, and outdoors enthusiast who also enjoys blogging about business, ideas, and theology. Want to continue the discussion or write a guest post? Let's Connect!

One Response to Glory, Majesty, Dominion, and Authority Keep Us Safe For Everlasting Joy

  1. Pingback: The Bondage of the Will, the Sovereignty of Grace, and the Glory of God | Lawson Hembree's Blog

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