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Putting God's Word into Practice…

Hey Jude! Them ~ You ~ Him!

on March 28, 2014

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are CALLED, BELOVED in God the Father and KEPT by Jesus Christ:  May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. (vs. 1-2)

  • Jude was a 1/2 brother of Jesus, yet refers to himself as His servant.  Jesus was more than a brother to Jude; He was His Savior and Lord.
  • This salutation goes on to say that those who have been called by God are loved by Him and kept safe by Jesus.  It is only the power of God that calls us and keeps us until we see Him face-to-face.
  • Jude speaks a blessing of mercy, peace and love to be multiplied in the lives of his readers.  What a wonderful blessing!  Is there anything better that we should want for each other?

THEM

Jude goes on to warn of ungodly people who slip quietly into churches and start perverting God’s grace by promoting selfish living.  God’s wrath and judgment result in punishment for ungodly people.  Jude reminds his readers of these examples of the sins of ungodly people:

  • UNBELIEF:  The Israelites who were delivered out of slavery in Egypt but then didn’t believe that God was going to see them through to the Promised Land ended up wandering in the desert until their whole generation passed away. (vs. 5)
  • PRIDE and BOASTING: The angels that wanted to usurp God’s authority were cast down from Heaven and are held in eternal chains. (vs. 6, 16)
  • SELF-INDULGENCE:  Sodom and Gomorrah were completely wiped out with fire from Heaven for their sexual immorality. (vs. 7)
  • SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS, JEALOUSY and HATE:  Cain gave a different offering than what the Lord required and became jealous when God accepted his brother’s offering but not his.  He ended up killing His brother over it. (vs. 11)
  • GREED and FAVORITISM:  Balaam loved getting paid for wrongdoing. (vs. 11, 16 and 2 Peter 2:15)
  • REBELLION:  Korah’s family wanted to take over the authority of the Israelite people from Moses–thinking their plans were better than God’s plans. (vs. 11 and Numbers 16)
  • GRUMBLING AND COMPLAINING: Speaks poorly of God’s provision and plans. (vs. 16)

YOU

Verse 19 ends by saying, “It is these (ungodly people) who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.”  The next verse starts, “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. And 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.”

Those who have been called by God are set apart as different–different passions, desires and motives.  We are the godly ones; not because of anything we have done, but because of God’s call and keeping, because of the God-given gift of faith, and because of the indwelling Spirit of God.  There is no room for unbelief, pride, self-righteousness, jealousy, hate, grumbling, complaining, boasting or showing favoritism if we are focused on these three things:  building our faith, praying, and showing mercy.

HIM

Now to HIM who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy. (vs. 24)

Jesus keeps me from stumbling.  He presents me blameless before His Father’s throne.  He takes joy in taking away my sins, so He can show me off to His Father.  Not just me, but every person who believes that His death on the cross atones for their sins and that His resurrection gives them power over sin and death!

To the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time AND now AND forever. Amen. (vs. 25)

Everything we are prone to want for ourselves–glory, power, authority, etc…–all belongs to Him!  It has ALWAYS belonged to Him!  When people steal it for themselves, He will punish them for it.  And He has every right to.  If I stole something that belonged to someone else, my conviction and punishment would be expected.  How much more so for those who steal glory and power from a Holy God!

Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on ALL and to convict ALL the ungodly of ALL their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of ALL the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him. (vs. 14b-15)

If you hear His voice calling you today, it is not too late to have your sins like pride, selfishness, greed, grumbling, rebelliousness, jealousy, hate, and self-indulgence forgiven by the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Ask His forgiveness and receive new life–Jesus takes great joy in making you blameless!

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