New Testament In a Year: December 8 – Jude 1

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Jude 1
(3-16) Judgment on False Teachers
Jude wanted to write about the salvation that he had in common with other believers, but he found it necessary to warn about false teachers instead. Apparently, this was a serious problem back then. People were constantly trying to take the Christian faith and undermine it by promoting their own thoughts and theology. This is still happening today and we must be on guard against those who sensualize the grace of God and deny that Jesus is the Christ.

Those who promote a false Gospel will be judged, just as rebel angels, unbelieving Israelites, Sodom and Gomorrah and many others were judged by God for their ungodly ways. False teachers are described by Jude as shepherds feeding themselves instead of their sheep (compare that to the Good Shepherd, Jesus the Christ, who feeds His sheep living water and the bread of life). False teachers are also frauds, described as clouds that promise rain but contain no water and trees that give the appearance of being fruitful but carry no fruit. They do not care about the things of God. They only follow their own sinful desires.

(17-23) A Call to Persevere
Regardless of false teachers, true believers are called to persevere even in the face of scoffing. We are to build ourselves up in faith, remain prayed up, and abide in the love of God while we patiently wait to be united with Jesus the Christ in eternal life. To those who doubt, we are to have mercy. To those who are lost, we are to try to save.

(24-25) Doxology
Jesus the Christ is the only one able to keep us safely in His hands, free from stumbling into sin. In the end, He will present those who believe in Him before God with great joy – blameless and righteous – not because of our goodness, but because of His. For this and for so much more, He deserves all glory, majesty, dominion and authority, both now and forever.

Favorite verse: (13) Wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.

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