YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED to know who wrote this benediction. Guess anyhow.
“God can keep you from falling. He can make sure you stand tall before him one day, happy and with no one to blame you about anything.
He’s the only God. He saved us because of what Jesus Christ our leader did for us. All the praise we can muster, all the power we can imagine, all the authority we can conceive belong to God. Always has. Always will. And that’s the truth.”
Those are the last two verses in the one-chapter letter named after the author.
He’s Jude. Early church leaders said he was one of the brothers of Jesus.
He identifies himself only as “a worker for Jesus Christ and a brother of James” (Jude 1:1 Casual English Bible).
The James he’s referring to was likely another brother of Jesus. James seemed to chair the first known church council meeting, held in Jerusalem (Acts 15:13).
Jewish leaders stoned him to death about 30 years later. That’s according to first-century Jewish historian Josephus.