Give Glory to God

Jude 1:24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25 To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
Amen.

Only One is able to keep you from falling. Only God, by His Spirit of wisdom, counsel, knowledge, understanding, and the fear of the Lord is able to keep us from falling. Only by His compassion, mercy and help will He save us utterly from the moment of faith through to eternal life. Therefore we worship Him, the only wise God and Savior. We give Him glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen!

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The Great Commission

Jude 1:22 And on some have compassion, making a distinction;23 but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

The great commission is given to those who have received the grace of salvation through Jesus Christ and have become disciples. This is Jesus’ heartfelt desire and commission– that the grace of salvation is shared, taught and preached until everyone has a chance to receive salvation. Thus Jesus sends His sheep into the world with His message of love and forgiveness, even to those who err concerning the faith.
Matthew 10:16 (NKJV) “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
The Message Bible renders it such:Matthew 10:16 (MSG) “Stay alert. This is hazardous work I’m assigning you. You’re going to be like sheep running through a wolf pack, so don’t call attention to yourselves. Be as cunning as a snake, inoffensive as a dove.”
It is important to give heed to the words of Christ and the leading of the Spirit in all discernment as the message of the Good News of salvation is shared. Jude, in light of his discussions also warns the disciple to be discerning. All situations are not equal albeit the blood of Jesus avails for all who believe. Jude exhorts that we should make distinctions as we approach nonbelievers with the hope of salvation, knowing when to show compassion and care, and knowing when to stand aloof spiritually— that is being watchful in prayer, so that the believer escapes spiritual counterattacks and push-backs from demonic strongholds.

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Maintaining Your Life with God

Jude 1:20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Against all the warnings about apostates and apostasy, Jude gives very simple instructions about maintaining the life of grace in the salvation which we have been given.
Holy Faith: Recognize the faith as Holy, not common. It so important to observe the holiness of the faith because otherwise one can treat grace like a common thing. We were purchased with the blood of the sinless Lord Jesus Christ, God incarnate, who gave Himself up because there was no other way, to win us for eternity. This faith is precious and holy.
Build yourself up: Note that it takes the effort of building oneself up. It takes the practice of intimacy, the discipline of study of the word; it takes the practice of prayer by the Spirit, and the actions of faith and obedience to the word and the Spirit. It takes diligence in keeping ourselves in the love of God, by loving obedience and staying in fellowship with the church— the body— by which living in love,we bear much fruit. It takes connecting always with God’s mercy, through repentance of sins— short accounts and forgiving others. Thus we build ourselves upward and onward in this Holy faith, thus pleasing God unto eternity.

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Judgment

Jude 1:14 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

Jude is uncompromising about the theme of judgment. He has argued that things known about God in the past, before the coming of the law and during the era of the law of Moses point to a coming judgment. He refers to prophecies of Enoch ie. ancient prophecies given by a man approved of God; a man who lived way before even the law was given by Moses that God would judge the deeds and words of men. Brethren, let us receive the grace and mercy of salvation through Jesus Christ and fully embrace the Holy Spirit, living by the word of truth and grace.

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These sins may follow or precede

Jude 1:16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.

Big sins, small sins. Jude symbolized apostasy with the sins of Cain, Balaam and Korah. Cain represents unrepentant contrived worship which does not follow God’s pattern. Balaam represents prophecy for hire. Korah represents rebellion against ordained righteous leadership. Then Jude breaks these complexes down to simpler more recognizable sins. We notice common sins such as grumbling, complaining, unbridled lusts, advantageous flattery, mockery of holiness, a departure from the simple truth of the gospel for the ornate mouthiness of intellectual knowledge and other knowledge of the metaphysical. Jude mentions that such people walk according to lusts, that is, unbridled sensual desires. He describes these as bearers of division, fomenting disagreement by arguments, slander and gossip. They are devoid of the Spirit but filled with sensuality. That is they have no intention of denying themselves but live only toward what gratifies their senses.

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Apostasy Deciphered

Jude 1:11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. 12 These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.

The spirit of Cain represents unacceptable self-ordained worship. (It caters to trends in society.) The spirit of Balaam represents a compromised priesthood that idolizes money and despises God. It caters to the directives and desires of people of power and means. The spirit of Korah represents rebellion against God. These refuse to honor God or yield to the order of His Kingdom. Jude, in his short apostolic letter, has exposed the deception that leads to eternal judgment that can exist in the fellowship of Christians. These are dire words that many of us refuse to contend with while we accept only the gracious words of blessings found in the scriptures. Yet some among the fellowship are called “Spots”, i.e. blemishes in love feasts, “Clouds without water carried by winds,” Twice dead trees– fruitless, uprooted, “foaming raging waves, wandering stars.” There is a sense of loose wandering among such; a disconnectedness; vain activity with much frothing, many words, and sounds of indignation and rage that draws attention to itself; a going from here to there, never laying roots of which one could say they are spiritual vagabonds. What connects all these descriptions is the sense that these may have disconnected from the grace of Christ. In other words they have become apostate. Jude warns the church against these, especially those who pose as leaders.

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Realms Of Error

Jude 1:8 Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.

Those walking in such serious error are described as dreamers. In other words, they have lost touch with reality, having no boundaries. Three of their actions listed seem as varied as one could imagine. Defilement of the flesh in sexual sins; rejection of authority— having no respect for right order and discipline (anarchists) in this earthly realm; and no respect for supernatural spiritual authority. Their error is thus found in both the natural and spiritual realms as disrespect and disregard, and as carelessness and corruption. These are the same errors found in three notable wrong-doer personalities in the Bible, who did not respect heavenly beings, spiritual truths and order and who did not observe order and authority. The first is Cain who gave an unacceptable sacrifice after his own preferred pattern (not God’s), then he rejected God’s correction and then committed the murder of his brother. Next was Balaam, who in spite of knowing God’s will and instruction, sold out for money and supported the side which was against God. Then there was Korah who rejected God’s divinely chosen and righteous authority in Moses and Aaron whom the earth swallowed up.

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