A person is a Christian because God has called him. The important thing is to answer the call when it comes, just as we answer the telephone when it is ringing. This means that they were set apart — set apart from the world and set apart unto God. Jesus Christ is our guardian and our protector. Yet it is substantially the same. He looked for multiplication instead of simple addition.
Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. But something happened — Jude found it necessary to write a different letter. The letter of Jude is essentially a sermon.
In it, Jude preached against the dangerous practices and doctrines that put the gospel of Jesus Christ in peril. These were serious issues and Jude dealt with them seriously. We should be happy that Jude was sensitive to the Holy Spirit here. What might have only been a letter from a Christian leader to a particular church instead became a precious instrument inspired by the Holy Spirit and valuable as a warning in these last days.
It is common in the sense that we are saved in common , in community. We all come to God the same way. An individual Christian may not know it, understand it, or benefit by it, but to be a Christian is to be a part of a community. To be a Christian means you stand shoulder to shoulder with millions of Christians who have gone before. We stand with strong Christians and weak Christians, brave Christians and cowardly Christians, old Christians and young Christians. We are part of an invisible, mighty army that spans back through the generations.
- Love’s Shadows.
- Give Up (Queen Nephi);
- Drink With The Devil.
Those who are in Christ are more near of kin than they know of, and their intense unity in deep essential truth is a greater force than most of them imagine: only give it scope and it will work wonders. Exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith : This was the great need that Jude interrupted his intended letter to address.
The verb translated contend earnestly is in the grammar of the ancient Greek in the present infinitive , showing that the Christian struggle is continuous. We contend earnestly for the faith because it is valuable. If you walk into an art gallery and there are no guards or no sort of security system, you must draw one conclusion: there is nothing very valuable in that art gallery. Valuables are protected; worthless things are not. Exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith : If we emphasize the word you , we see that this was something that Jude wanted each individual Christian to do.
There are many ways that every Christian can contend earnestly for the faith. We contend for the faith in a positive sense when we give an unflinching witness, distribute tracts, make possible the training of faithful ambassadors for Jesus, or when we strengthen the hands of faithful pastors who honor the Word of God in their pulpits.
These are a few among many ways that we can contend earnestly for the faith in a positive sense. We contend for the faith in a negative way when we withhold support and encouragement from false teachers. We contend for the faith in a practical sense when we live uncompromising Christian lives and give credit to the Lord who changed us. Obviously, faithful missionaries and evangelists contend earnestly for the faith. But so does the Sunday School teacher or the home group leaders, who is faithful to the Scriptures. People like this contend for the faith just as much as a front-line missionary does, and each one of us should contend for the gospel wherever God puts us.
Contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered to the saints : Here, Jude tells us what we are contending for. There is a lot of earnest contention in the world but usually not for the right things. The faith once for all delivered to the saints is something worth contending for. We must contend earnestly for the truth.
Acts ; Romans ; Galatians Of course, we distribute this truth again and again. But it was delivered by God to the world through the apostles and prophets once Ephesians God may speak today, but never in the authoritative way that He spoke through the first apostles and prophets as recorded in the New Testament. Its content will be more fully understood, its implications will be developed, its predictions will be fulfilled; but it will never be supplemented or succeeded or supplanted.
For all means that this faith is for everybody. Instead, most people want to believe in the faith they make up as they go along and decide is right for them. My faith has carried me a long way.
Christianity is based on one faith , which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Certain men have crept in unnoticed : In part, this is what makes them so dangerous — they are unnoticed. No one noticed that they were dangerous. These certain men probably claimed to be more Biblical than anybody else was. Who long ago were marked out for this condemnation : These certain men have a destiny — the destiny of every false teacher and leader.
They are marked and destined for this condemnation , and it is enough to say that they are ungodly men. They are ungodly simply in the sense that they are not like God and no matter the outward appearances, they disregard God. They were unnoticed by men, but not by God. The Lord is not wringing His hands in heaven, worrying about those who deceive others through their teaching and through their lifestyles. They may be hidden to some believers but as far as God is concerned, their condemnation was marked out long ago. Their judgment is assured. The truth will win out; our responsibility is to be on the side with the truth.
Who turn the grace of our God into lewdness : These certain men had received something of the grace of God.
But when they received it, they turned it into an excuse for their lewdness. The idea behind the ancient word lewdness is sin that is practiced without shame, without any sense of conscience or decency. Usually the word is used in the sense of sensual sins, such as sexual immorality.
But it can also be used in the sense of brazen anti-biblical teaching, when the truth is denied and lies are taught without shame. Jude probably had both ideas in mind here, because as the rest of the letter will develop, these certain men had both moral problems and doctrinal problems. These words of Jude show that there is a danger in preaching grace. It simply shows how corrupt the human heart is. They do this by refusing to recognize who Jesus said He was, and therefore they also deny who God the Father is also.
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We are not told specifically how these men deny the only Lord God. It may be that they denied Him with their ungodly living or it may be that they denied Him with their heretical doctrines. Probably both were true. But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. They were already taught this example, but they needed to hear it again and to apply it to their present situation. The Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt : Jude reminds us of what happened in Numbers God delivered the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt.
They went out of Egypt and without unintended delays came to a place called Kadesh Barnea, on the threshold of the Promised Land. Therefore almost none of the adult generation who left Egypt entered into the Promised Land. Think of what God did for the people of Israel in this situation, and then how they responded to Him.
They heard the very voice of God at Mount Sinai. They received His daily care and provision of manna in the wilderness. Yet they still lapsed into unbelief, and never entered into the place of blessing and rest God had for them. Afterward destroyed those who did not believe : Those who doubted and rejected God at Kadesh Barnea paid a bigger price than just not entering the Promised Land. They also received the judgment of God. The warning through Jude is clear.
The people of Israel started out from Egypt well enough. They had many blessings from God along the way. This example gives two lessons. First, it assures us that the certain men causing trouble will certainly be judged, even though they may have started out well in their walk with God.
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But so did the children of Israel, and God afterward destroyed those who did not believe. The final test of our Christianity is endurance. Some start the race but never finish it. And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day;.
Jude speaks of the angels who sinned, who are now imprisoned and awaiting a future day of judgment. Angels who did not keep their proper domain : There is some measure of controversy about the identity of these particular angels. We only have two places in the Bible where it speaks of angels sinning.
First, there was the original rebellion of some angels against God Isaiah , Revelation Secondly, there was the sin of the sons of God described in Genesis Genesis is a controversial passage all on its own. It says, Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.