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Daily Bible Reading (Wednesday, November 29th)

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Jude (ESV)

 

Greeting

Jude, a servant[a] of Jesus Christ and brother of James,

To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for[b] Jesus Christ:

May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

Judgment on False Teachers

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved[c] a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day— just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire,[d] serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” 10 But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively.11 Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam's error and perished in Korah's rebellion. 12 These are hidden reefs[e] at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; 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.

14 It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, 15 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.” 16 These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.

A Call to Persevere

17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They[f] said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment[g] stained by the flesh.

Doxology

24 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, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time[h] and now and forever. Amen.

Footnotes:

  1. Jude 1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
  2. Jude 1:1 Or by
  3. Jude 1:5 Some manuscripts although you fully knew it, that the Lord who once saved
  4. Jude 1:7 Greek different flesh
  5. Jude 1:12 Or are blemishes
  6. Jude 1:18 Or Christ, because they
  7. Jude 1:23 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin
  8. Jude 1:25 Or before any age

3 Comments

My eyes are captivated by verses 17-23. As pastor Blakey has said rightly, let us be alert, “contending for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints”, and standing firm in the Lord. Amen!

When I read Jude I excitedly press to the end to read the Doxology that reminds me that in my struggles God is there with me. He is able to keep me from stumbling and present me blameless. . . What a Merciful, Gracious, Loving God and Savior I (we) have. In such excitement I have ignored the exhortation in verse 3. Contend! The letter was not written only to the elders of the church. It is for the whole church to take note of the deceivers that disrupt spiritual fellowship, unity within the Christ's body. We need to see their evil for what it is, SIN that perverts all that is good. Thank you Bruce for your teaching so that we can wisely live to contend for our faith.

This is an important reminder of the ever present danger of false teachers within the church. The key characteristics of these false teachers is that they pervert the true meaning of grace and they lower the view of Christ. These false teachers even if they do not hold a position of leadership can cause great danger o the church. We must be alert, ready to contend, and stand firm in the Lord.

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