Everyone has a few favorite words. Those preferred words tend to be repeated a lot. Maybe it is a new term for them and they are trying it out, or maybe they just like the way it sounds. (I am definitely one of those people! Onomatopoeia words fascinate me).
Even our Bible authors had favorite terms. Mark loved the word, “immediately.” He was a man of action and used that term over forty times in his gospel. John, on the other hand, was consumed with the word, “love.” He used it twenty-seven times in his book. Mark only wrote “love” down a mere five times.
Jude loved the term that we translate as “keep.” Chet explained on Sunday that it is the Greek word, “tereo.” It means “to guard or to maintain something.” It is a way to preserve important things.
In verse 6 of Jude’s epistle, he uses “keep” to illustrate the way the fallen angels abandoned their place in heaven. Jude says that they did not “keep” their positions of authority. They had something of incredible value and yet, they did not value it enough to guard it.
In verse 21, we are all told to “keep” (or guard) ourselves in God’s love. Our position in Christ is of immense worth. It is more important than our job, family or any life experiences. We are truly exalted in Christ, and that place of eternal importance demands our vigilance.
Guarding spiritual values, maintaining moral integrity, keeping our word, and protecting our testimonies are all such important parts of the Christian walk. But the pressure to maintain that watchfulness doesn’t just reside on our shoulders.
We have spiritual help. In verse 1, Jude declares that we are “kept” by Jesus Christ. Then, in verse 24 he writes his favorite word one more time. Read it slowly:
“To Him who is able to KEEP you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy, to the only God and Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore.”
And the Coast Hills folks shout, “AMEN!”