Jude writes to warn the church of some bad people that are leading folks astray.  “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our  common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints”.  His intention was to write about salvation, but the church was struggling and he wants to address it head on.  “But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively….they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain”.

Scripture is filled with prophecy warning about those who would come and work to tear down the church.  The enemy has been trying to do that since God banished him in the Garden.  “These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters,  showing favoritism to gain advantage”.  The common thread for those who destroy the church is a focus on self and what they can gain, rather than serving and focusing on others.  Being a Christ Followers is not about what we get for ourselves, but how we can love one another.

Jude warns “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions. It is these who cause divisions, worldly people,  devoid of the Spirit”.  Those who are set on causing destruction and division are not filled with the Spirit, but are focused on our own world view of self.  “But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life”.  The secret of a successful life as a Christ Follower is being connected to God and His love through Christ.  It’s not about us.  It’s about being plugged into Him.

Jude reminds us what the mission is – “have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy  with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh”.  We are to snatch those who are struggling from the fire and restore them to their faith.  We can’t do it on our own, but we can be His instrument that brings them back.  “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless”.  Jesus can keep us on the path and will present us blameless when we stand before God.  But we need to follow Him, and to receive His free gift of grace.  He is our salvation and truth.

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