April 23, 2017
"Jude: Part Two"
Jude v 10-16
"But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. 11. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. 12. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 13. Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. 14. And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15. To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. 16. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.”
You know our hearts, You hear our prayers, and care about all that concerns us. You understand the burden we carry and how we want, more than anything, to see our LOVED ones come to You. Help us to remember that You LOVE them more than we ever could. And You desire to extend Your great LOVE and forgiveness, Your mercy and hope.
Thank you that nothing is too difficult for You. Thank you that Your power is unlimited and You came to set the captives free. Thank you that you wait, arms open, for the prodigal to return, that You look for his arrival to lavishly celebrate that he’s come home.
We praise You for You are Redeemer and Rescuer, Savior and Lord. We know and believe that there’s no pit so deep that Your LOVE can’t reach us still. We understand that Your mercies are new every morning, and Your faithfulness is great.
Lord, we ask that You would halt the plans of the enemy over these we LOVE as we bring them before You right now. We pray that his schemes be demolished and that Your plans for good, for a future and hope, would prevail. Would You open blind eyes that they might see Your Truth. Would You rescue those walking in darkness and heal the deep wounds of those who’ve been hurt.
We pray for the miraculous intervention of Your Holy Spirit to draw them to Yourself, to work strong on behalf of our LOVED ones who are lost and wandering. For You came with good news, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for captives and release for the prisoners.
Though we deserved penalty for our wrong, You stood in our place and took the blows on our behalf. You choose to die, so that we can live. Forever and free.
Father, may we possess the same LOVE and perseverance for the salvation of the Lost as You do. Help us share compassionately, mercifully, without judgment or guile and always with a LOVING spirit for those You put in our paths.
Lord, forgive our unbelief. Forgive the times we’ve doubted that You could ever change a distant heart. Forgive our hard-heartedness, our weariness, or forgetfulness to “pray continually.”
Thank You that You never give up on us!!!!!!!
Remind us of how You’ve changed our own hearts. How Your miracle of life and hope has sprung up deep within our souls. We LOVE You Lord, we need You, and we thank You that You hear our prayers and are at work even now.
Powerfully. Faithfully. Miraculously.
Thank You for the gift of our Savior, God with us. Thank You for Your goodness and LOVE…
In Jesus’ Name, Amen and eternally Amen………………………..
Last week being Easter Sunday, we chose to discuss the RESURRECTION, this week we continue with the Book of Jude.
Last time in our study of the book of Jude, we learned most Bible scholars believe Jude to be the brother of Jesus Christ, yet a much smaller number understood Jude to simply be a servant of Jesus Christ as Jude says in his letter. But all agree Jude was a devote man of the Christian faith and a tenacious defender of the WORD OF GOD…….
He encourages each genuine Christian to be no less faithful than he, and to diligently share the true Gospel, the inerrant, infallible word of God the Bible with as many as possible!!!!!!!
And Jude warns false teachers of the consequences of their sins…….
Let us now continue………………………………………………………...
Jude says two things about the evil people whom he is aggressively denouncing.
ONE, They criticize everything which they do not understand. Anything which is out of their orbit and their experience they disregard as worthless and irrelevant. They say reason dictates that man has ruined the accuracy of the Bible, as corrupt and as evil as mankind is, LOGIC, REASON, WISDOM DICTATES THE BIBLE CANNOT BE WITHOUT ERROR……
It is impossible to live up to the standards of the Bible.
Clearly His beloved apostles have corrupted, added to, subtracted from, and obviously miss-understand the teachings of Jesus Christ!
Only modern man can determine the authenticity of the holy writ……
This and exceedingly more is what false teachers, false Christians, those with the spirit of anti-Christ say……
1 Corinthians 2 v 14
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Spiritual truth is spiritually discerned by faith, they are not understood by logic or reason…They have no spiritual discernment, and, therefore, they are blind to, and condescending of, all spiritual realities.
TWO, These false teachers wise in their own minds and accepted by the fallen spirit in man allow themselves to be corrupted by the things they do understand. What they do understand are the fleshly instincts which they share with the animals of the field. Their way of life is to allow these instincts to have their way; their values are fleshly (carnal) values. Jude describes people who have lost all awareness of spiritual things and for whom the things demanded by the animal instincts are the only standards they willing accept.
The horrifying thing is that the first condition is the direct result of the second. The heartbreak is that no human being is born without a sense of spiritual truths (by God’s grace) but can lose that sense until finally for them the spiritual truth ceases to exist. People may lose any faculty, if they refuse to use it. We discover that with such simple things as games and skills. If we give up playing a game, we lose the ability to play it. If we give up practicing a skill, such as playing the piano, we lose it. We discover that in such things as abilities. We may know something of a foreign language, but if we never speak or read it, we lose it. Every human being can hear the voice of God; and every person has the animal instincts on which, indeed, the future existence of the race depends. But, if we consistently refuse to listen to God and make our instincts the sole dynamic of our life and conduct, in the end WE will be unable to hear the voice of God and will have nothing left to be OUR master but OUR OWN SELFESH DESIRES……
*******It is terribly heinous for a person to reach a stage where they are deaf to God and blind to goodness; and that is the stage which the people whom Jude denounces had reached.*******
Remember in their own minds and in the minds of those who have been deceived by their teaching, THEY MAY APPEAR VERY, VERY, VERY RIGHTEOUS AND TRUE, but if they vary from the Word of God the Bible, if they deny the true and only Gospel, THEN THEY ARE THE SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST, ONE OF A MULTITUDE…….
1 John 2 v 18
“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.”
1 John 4 v 3
“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”
And WILL BE DAMNED FOR ALL ETERNITY IF THEY DO NOT REPENT OF THEIR GREIVIOUS SINS AND ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR!!!
Jude now goes to Hebrew history again for parallels to the wicked people of his own day and age; and from it he draws the examples of three notorious sinners.
FIRST, There is Cain, the murderer of his brother Abel.
Genesis 4 v 1-15
“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. 2. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. 4. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5. But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 6. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7. If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. 8. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. 9. And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: am I my brother's keeper? 10. And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. 11. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; 12. When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. 13. And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me. 15. And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.”
In Hebrew custom Cain stood for two things. One, Cain was the first murderer in the world's history; and, as The Wisdom of Solomon has it,
Book of Wisdom 10 v 3
"he himself perished in the fury wherewith he murdered his brother"
It may well be that Jude is implying that those who delude others are nothing other than murderers of the souls of men and, therefore, the spiritual descendants of Cain. But in Hebrew teaching Cain came to stand for something more than that. In Philo he stands for selfishness. In the Rabbinic teaching Cain is the type of the cynical man.
In the Jerusalem Targum Cain is depicted as saying: "There is neither judgment nor judge; there is no other world; no good reward will be given to the good and no vengeance taken on the wicked; nor is there any pity in the creation or the government of the world."
To the Hebrew thinkers Cain was the cynical, materialistic unbeliever who believed neither in God nor in the moral order of the world and who, therefore, did exactly as he liked. So Jude is charging his opponents with defying God and denying the moral order of the world. It remains true that the man who chooses to sin has still to reckon with God and to learn, always with pain and sometimes with tragedy, that no man can defy the moral order of the world with impunity.
SECOND, there is Balaam. In Old Testament thought, in Jewish teaching and even in the New Testament.
Revelation 2 v 14
“But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.”
Balaam is the great example of those who taught Israel to sin. In the Old Testament there are two stories about him. One is quite clear, and very vivid and dramatic. The other is more shadowy, but much more terrible; and it is it which left its mark on Hebrew thought and teaching.
The first is in Numbers chapters 22 through 24. There it is told how Balak attempted to persuade Balaam to curse the people of Israel, for he feared their power, five times offering him large rewards. Balaam refused to be persuaded by Balak, but his covetousness stands out and it is clear that only the fear of what God would do to him kept him from striking a dreadful bargain. Balaam already emerges as a detestable character.
In Numbers chapter 25 there is the second story. Israel is seduced into the worship of Baal with dreadful and repulsive moral consequences. As we read later:
Numbers 31 v 8; 16
“8. And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword….16. Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the Lord.”
It was Balaam who was responsible for that seduction, and he perished miserably because he taught others to sin.
Out of this composite story Balaam stands for two things.
One, He stands for the covetous man who was prepared to sin in order to gain reward.
Two, He stands for the evil man who was guilty of the greatest of all sins, that of teaching others to sin. So Jude is declaring of the wicked men of his own day that they are ready to leave the way of righteousness to make gain; and that they are teaching others to sin. To sin for the sake of gain is bad; but to teach another to sin is the worst of all.
THIRD, there was Korah. His story is in Numbers chapter 16. The sin of Korah was that he rebelled against the guidance of Moses when the sons of Aaron and the tribe of Levi were made the priests of the nation. That was a decision which Korah was not willing to accept; he wished to exercise a occupation which he had no right to exercise; and when he did so he perished terribly and all his companions in wickedness with him. Korah stands for the man who refuses to accept authority and reaches out for things which he has no right to have.
So Jude is charging his opponents with defying the legitimate authority of the Bible and the legitimate Christian faith, and of, preferring their own way to the way of God.
***We should remember that if we take certain thoughts or acts which pride entices us to take, the consequences can be devastating.
Jude v 12-16
“These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 13. Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. 14. And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15. To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. 16. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.”
As Moffatt puts it:
"Sky, land and sea are ransacked for illustrations of the character of these men."
Here Jude gives s series of vivid images, every one with significance.
Let us take them one by one.
ONE, They are like hidden rocks which threaten to wreck the Love Feasts of the Church. This is the one case in which there is a question about what Jude is actually saying but of one thing there is no doubt, those evil people were a peril to the Love Feasts. The Love Feast, the Agape, was one of the earliest features of the Church. It was a meal of fellowship held on the Lord's Day. To it everyone brought what they could, and all shared alike. It was a lovely idea that the Christians in each little house church should sit down on the Lord's Day to eat in fellowship together. No doubt there were some who could bring much and others who could bring only little. For many of the slaves it was perhaps the only decent meal they ever ate. (Similar to our modern day “pot-luck” dinners)
But very soon the Agape Feasts began to go wrong. We can see it going wrong in the church at Corinth, when Paul declares that at the Corinthian Love Feasts there is nothing but division. They are divided into cliques and sections; some have too much, and others starve; and the meal for some has become a drunken revel,
1 Corinthians 11 v 17-22
“Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. 18. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. 19. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. 20. When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper. 21. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. 22. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.”
Unless the Agape was a true fellowship, it was a travesty, and very soon it had begun to contradict its name.
Jude's opponents were making a travesty of the Love Feasts. The Revised Standard Version says that he calls them "blemishes on your love feasts" (Jude v 12); and that agrees with the parallel passage in Second Peter:
2 Peter 2 v 13
“And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;”
The difficulty is that Peter and Jude do not use the same word, although they use words which are very similar. The word in Second Peter is spilos, which unquestionably means a blot or spot; but the word in Jude is spilas, which is very rare. Just possibly it may mean a blot, because in later Greek it could be used for the spots and markings on an opal stone. But in ordinary Greek by far its most common meaning was a submerged, or half-submerged, rock on which a ship could be easily ship-wrecked. I believe here the second meaning is much more likely.
In the Love Feast people were very close together in heart and there was the kiss of peace. These wicked people were using the Love Feasts as a cloak under which to gratify their lusts. It is a dreadful thing, if people enter into the church and use the opportunities which its fellowship gives for their own perverted ends. These people were like sunken rocks on which the fellowship of the Love Feasts was in danger of being wrecked. Ruined…
These wicked men party in their own cliques and have no feeling of responsibility for anyone except themselves. These two things go together for they both stress their essential selfishness.
ONE, They party in their own cliques without a qualm. This is exactly the situation which Paul condemns in First Corinthians. The Love Feast was supposed to be an act of fellowship; and the fellowship was demonstrated by the sharing of all things. Instead of sharing, the wicked people kept to their own clique and kept to themselves all they had. In First Corinthians Paul actually goes the length of saying that the Love Feast could become a drunken party in which every man grabbed at all that he could get.
1 Corinthians 11 v 21
“For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.”
No person can ever claim to truly understand what church membership really means, if in the church they are out for what they can get and always remain within their own little friendship group.
How often do we see churches where different economic groups, different ethnic groups, different educational levels form their own little fellowships, and as one person honestly put it:
“We just don’t give anybody else a chance.”
TWO, We have translated the next phrase: "They have no feeling of responsibility for anyone except themselves." The Greek literally means "shepherding themselves." The duty of a leader of the Church is to be a shepherd of the flock of God,
Acts 20 v 28
“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”
The false shepherd cared far more for himself than for the sheep which were supposed to be within his care. Ezekiel describes the false shepherds from whom their privileges were to be taken away:
Ezekiel 34 v 8-10
“As I live, saith the Lord God, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock; 9. Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord; 10. Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.”
The man or woman who feels no responsibility for the welfare of anyone except themselves stands condemned.
So, then, Jude condemns the selfishness which destroys fellowship and the lack of the sense of responsibility for others.
THREE, wicked men are like clouds blown past by the wind, which drop no rain and like trees in harvest time which have no fruit. These two phrases go together, for they describe people who make great claims but are essentially useless. There were times in Palestine when people would pray for rain. At such a time a cloud might pass across the sky, bringing with it the promise of rain. But there were times when the promise was only an illusion, the cloud was blown on and the rain never came. In any harvest time there were trees which looked as if they were heavy with fruit but which, when men came to gather from them, gave no fruit at all.
At the heart of this lies a great truth. Promise without performance is useless and in the New Testament nothing is so unsparingly condemned as uselessness. No amount of outward show or fine words will take the place of usefulness to others. As it has been put:
"If a man is not good for something, he is good for nothing."
Jude goes on to use a vivid image of these evil people. "They are like wild sea waves frothing out their own shameless deeds." The image is this. After a storm, when the waves have been lashing the shore with their frothing spray and their spume, there is always left on the shore a fringe of seaweed and driftwood and all kinds of unsightly litter from the sea. That is always an unlovely scene. But in the case of one sea it is grimmer than in any other. The waters of the Dead Sea can be whipped up, into waves, and these waves, too, cast up driftwood on the shore; but in this instance there is a unique circumstance. The waters of the Dead Sea are so saturated with salt that they strip the bark of any driftwood in them; and, when such wood is cast up on the shore, it gleams bleak and white, more like dried bones than wood. The deeds of wicked people are like the useless and unsightly litter which the waves leave scattered on the beach after a storm and resemble the skeleton-like relics of Dead Sea storms.
The image vividly portrays the cruelty of the deeds of Jude's opponents.
Jude uses still another image. The wicked people are like the wandering stars that are kept in the abyss of darkness for their disobedience. This is a image directly taken from the Book of Enoch. In that book the stars and the angels are sometimes identified; and there is a picture of the fate of the stars who, disobedient to God, left their appointed orbit and were destroyed. In his journey through the, earth Enoch came to a place where he saw,
Enoch 21 v 1-6
"neither a heaven above nor a firmly founded earth, but a place chaotic and horrible." He goes on: "And there I saw seven stars of the heaven bound together in it, like great mountains and burning with fire. Then I said, `For what sin are they bound, and on account of what have they been cast in hither?' Then said Uriel, one of the holy angels, who was with me and who was chief over them, `Enoch, why dost thou ask and why art thou eager for the truth? These are the numbers of the stars of heaven which have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and are bound here till ten thousand years, the time entailed by their sins, are consummated.”
The fate of the wandering stars is typical of the fate of the person who disobeys God's commandments and, as it were, takes their own way.
Jude then confirms all this with a prophecy; but the prophecy is again taken from Enoch. The actual passage runs:
Enoch 1 v 9
"And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of his holy ones to execute judgment upon all, and to destroy all the ungodly; and to convict all flesh of all the works of their ungodliness which they have ungodly committed, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against him"
This quotation has raised many questions in regard to Jude and Enoch. There is no doubt that in the days of Jude, and in the days of Jesus, Enoch was a very popular book which every pious Jew would know and read. Ordinarily, when the New Testament writers wish to confirm their words, they do so with a quotation from the Old Testament, using it as the word of God. Are we then to regard Enoch as sacred Scripture, since Jude uses it exactly as he would have used one of the prophets? Or, are we to take the view of which Jerome speaks, and say that Jude cannot be Scripture, because it makes the mistake of using as Scripture a book which is, in fact, not Scripture?
Interesting as it may be, we need waste no time upon that debate.
The fact is that Jude, a pious Jew, knew and loved the Book of Enoch and had grown up in a circle where it was regarded with respect and even reverence; and he takes his quotation from it perfectly naturally, knowing that his readers would recognize it, and respect it. He is simply doing what all the New Testament writers do, as every writer must in every age, and speaking to men in language which they will recognize and understand.
Jude sets down three last characteristics of the people.
FIRST, They are grumblers, for ever discontented with the life which God has allotted to them. In this picture Jude uses two words, one which was very familiar to his Jewish readers and one which was very familiar to his Greek readers.
ONE, The first is goggustes. The word describes the discontented voices of the grumblers and is the same as is so often used in the Greek Old Testament for the murmurings of the children of Israel against Moses as he led them through the wilderness.
Exodus 15 v 24
“And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?”
Exodus 17 v 3
“And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?”
Numbers 14 v 29
“Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward which have murmured against me.”
Its very sound describes the low mutter of resentful discontent which rose from the rebellious people. These wicked people in the time of Jude are the modern counterparts of the murmuring children of Israel in the desert, people full of sullen complaints against the guiding hand of God.
TWO, The second is mempsimoiros. It is made up of two Greek words, memphesthai, which means to blame and moira, which means one's allotted fate or life. A mempsimoiros was a person who was for ever grumbling about life in general. Theophrastus was the great master of the Greek character sketch, and he has a mocking study of the mempsimoiros, which is worth quoting in full:
“Querulousness is an undue complaining about one's lot; the querulous man will say to him that brings him a portion from his friend's table: "You begrudged me your soup or your collops, or you would have asked me to dine with you in person. When his mistress is kissing him he says, "I wonder whether you kiss me so warmly from your heart." He is displeased with Zeus, not because he sends no rain, but because he has been so long about sending it. When he finds a purse in the street, it is: "Ah! but I never found a treasure." When he has bought a slave cheap with much importuning the seller, he cries: "I wonder if my bargain's too cheap to be good." When they bring him the good news that he has a son born to him, then it is: "If you add that I have lost half my fortune, you'll speak the truth." Should this man win a law suit by a unanimous verdict, he is sure to find fault with his speech-writer for omitting so many of the pleas. And if a subscription has been got up for him among his friends, and one of them says to him: "You can cheer up now," he will say: "What? when I must repay each man his share, and be beholden to him into the bargain?"
Vividly drawn by Theophrastus' subtle pen, is the picture of a man who can find something to grumble about in any situation. He can find some fault with the best of bargains, the kindest of deeds, the most complete of successes, the richest of good fortune.
1 Timothy 6 v 6
“But godliness with contentment is great gain.
The evil hearted person are chronically discontented with life and with the place in life that God has given to them. There are few people more unpopular than chronic grumblers and all such might do well to remember that such grumbling is in its own way an insult to God.
SECONDLY, Jude reiterates a point about these wicked people, which he has made again and again their conduct is governed by their desires. To them self-discipline and self-control are nothing; to them the moral law is only a burden and a nuisance; honor and duty have no claim upon them; they have no desire to serve and no sense of responsibility. Their one value is pleasure and their one dynamic is desire. If all humanity was so driven like that, the world would be in complete chaos. *******And it is getting there!!!
THIRDLY, They speak with pride and arrogance, yet at the same time they are ready to “kiss-up” and flatter important people, if they think that they can get anything out of it. It is perfectly possible for a person at one and the same time to be stuck-up and look down on all those they believe they are better than, while pandering a plethora of flattering statements towards the people they wish to impress, the important people, the beautiful people, etc! Jude's opponents are glorifiers of themselves and flatterers of others, as they think the occasion demands; and their descendants are with us to this very day!!!
Time is fleeting, and we must call this session to a close, next week, I am partially sure we will conclude this study of the book of Jude, a short 25 verses, yet an abundance of wisdom from God!!!
As Jude continues to warn the genuine Christians against receiving false teaching, we must also realize, accept by the grace of God there goes each one of us!!!
Reach out to a Lost person in Christ’s LOVE, grace, and mercy today…And remember though false teachers and false doctrine ARE ALL AROUND US, and the danger is very, very, very real; God gives us this promise:
1 John 4 v 4
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
***Finally remember this thought:
“chronic grumblers and all such might do well to remember that such grumbling is in its own way an insult to God.”
An insult to God…….
Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith. sbc