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Jude

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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Jude

Jude writes a short letter that reminds us to “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints”.  Bottom line is our faith will be under attack.  There are many who will seem to be speaking truth but are going to be destroying the faith.  In fact they will “pervert the grace of our God into sensuality….deny our only Master and Lord”.  Folks will be working to destroy God’s Kingdom just as they did during Jesus day.  They will “defile the flesh, reject authority….blaspheme the glorious ones….abandoned themselves for the sake of gain”.  It always comes down to self.  We get in big trouble when we put self in charge of things.   Jude is writing to the first century church.  They have lived alongside Jesus.  Yet they really don’t get it.  They quickly forgot what they had been taught because self took control.  “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.”  Self gets us in trouble.  Self makes us go stupid.  That is the battleground.  How do you deal with self?

This is all happening without regard to the fact that Jesus “saved a people out of the land of Egypt….afterward destroyed those who did not believe”.  We humans have a very short memory.  We can’t seem to stay focused – some days we all act like we have ADHD.  Jesus has saved and yet they did not believe.  How can that happen?  Because we forget where truth is and we begin to listen to other people or even ourselves.  When we do it will “cause divisions” because there will be numerous interpretations of what is truth.  When we lose sight of God’s truth – bad things happen.

Jude does go on to tell us how to be ready to live for Him.  Check out what he says:

–       “build yourselves up in your most holy faith

–       pray in the Holy Spirit

–       keep yourselves in the love of God

–       waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ

–       have mercy on those who doubt

–       save others by snatching them out of the fire

–       show mercy with fear

–       hating even the garment stained by the flesh

–       keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless

We can do a number of things that will keep us walking with Jesus the way He desires.  It requires us to work at it – and keep Him on the throne.  How is your walk with the Savior?  He is coming again.  Be ready!

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