by Philip Layton
Jude felt compelled to write
- Can you see how easy it could be to ‘pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality’ (v 4)?
- Are we merciful to those who doubt (v 22)?
- In what way can we save people by ‘snatching them from the fire’ (v 23)?
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Going Deeper From 'Words of Life'
Jude, the brother of James, possibly the half-brother of Jesus, tells the believers in this short epistle they’re to stand firm in the truth – staying away from false teaching. He then gives three commands: Remember Christ’s words. Remain in God’s love. Remove those who speak against the truth of the gospel.
Remembering God’s words is vital for Christian living. Jude tells the recipients of this letter that they’re loved, called, kept. He then reminds them of Christ’s words – warning of ungodly ‘scoffers’ (v.18) who would come. They were to be on guard.
Remaining in God’s love is the key to life. Yes, the recipients of this letter were loved by God; but they were also ‘kept’ by him. We, too, are loved and kept by him. He watches over us, guarding us from attacks without and within. It’s up to each of us to trust him and allow him to be Lord of our life.
Removing those who are teaching false doctrine or disturbing the peace within the church is very difficult – taking considerable wisdom and prayerful consideration. We’re to give much time in prayer over this issue, calling on God’s guidance before any action takes place. Jude gives wise counsel in telling all of us to build ourselves up in the faith, by the infusion of the Holy Spirit (v.20).
He concludes by giving us the beautiful doxology which is not simply a summary of all his words, but a blessing for all of us as we strive to live our lives for Christ. May it be our benediction this day:
To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen (vv.24, 25).
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