Jude 12-25

12-15 – These men are a menace to the good-fellowship of your feasts, for they eat in your company without a qualm yet they care for no one but themselves. They are like clouds driven up by the wind, but they bring no rain. They are like trees with the leaves of autumn but without a single fruit – they are doubly dead for they have no roots either. They are like raging waves of the sea producing only the spume of their own shameful deeds. They are like stars which follow no orbit, and their proper place is the everlasting blackness of the regions beyond the light. It was men like that Enoch (seventh descendant from Adam) prophesied about when he said: ‘Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.’

16 – These are the men who complain and curse their fate while trying all the time to mould life according to their own desires. They "talk big" but will pay men great respect if it is to their own advantage.

17-19 – Now do remember, dear friends, the words that the messengers of Jesus Christ gave us beforehand when they said "there will come in the last days mockers who live according to their own Godless desires". These are the men who split communities, for they are led by human emotions and never by the Spirit of God.

20-23 – But you, dear friends of mine, build yourselves up on the foundation of your most holy faith and by praying through the Holy Spirit keep yourselves within the love of God. Wait patiently for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ which will bring you to the life eternal. For some of these men you can feel pity and you can treat them differently. Others you must try to save by fear, snatching them as it were out of the fire while hating the very garments their deeds have befouled.

24-25 – Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glory without fault and with unspeakable joy, to the only God, our saviour, be glory and majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before time was, now, and in all ages to come, amen.

Jude 3-11

3-4 I fully intended, dear friends, to write to you about our common salvation, but I feel compelled ot make my letter to you an earnest appeal to put up a real fight for the faith which has been once and for all committed to those who belong to Christ.  For there are men who have surreptitiously entered the Church but who have for a long time been heading straight for the condemnation I shall plainly give them.  They have no real reverence for God, and they abuse his grace as an opportunity for immorality.  They will not recognise the only master, Jesus Christ our Lord.

5-9 I want to remind you of something that you really know already: and although the Lord saved all the people from the land of Egypt, yet afterwards he brought to their downfall those who would not trust him. And the very angels who failed in their high duties and abandoned their proper sphere have been deprived by God of both light and liberty until the judgment of the great day. Sodom and Gomorrah and the adjacent cities who, in the same way as these men today, gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion, stand in their punishment as a permanent warning of the fire of judgment. Yet these men are defiling their bodies by their filthy fantasies in just the same way; they show utter contempt for authority and make a jest of the heavenly glories. But I would remind you that even the archangel Michael when he was contending with the devil in the dispute over the body of Moses did not dare to condemn him with mockery. He simply said, the Lord rebuke you!

10-11 – These fellows, however, are ready to mock at anything that is beyond their immediate knowledge, while in the things that they know by instinct like unreasoning beasts they have become utterly depraved. I say, Woe to them! For they have taken the road of Cain; for what they could get they have rushed into the same error as Balaam; they have destroyed themselves by rebelling against God as did Korah long ago.

  • Pray:…for alertness to those who would divide the church
  • Write:…Jude 3-11 in your notebook
  • Read:All of Jude in the KJV    or

                               All of Jude in the Phillips NT 

All will know we are Christ’s disciples by our love…what a blessing last night to go to church for the first time since the storm last Tuesday. We had to meet in the fellowship hall, because our sanctuary is drying out. We sang, we prayed, we talked about the storms and the damage. We hugged each other and look forward to working together to put things back together again. The pastor mentioned the possibility of divisiveness, and how we need to stay on guard against it as as the congregation makes decisions on what to do next. I read the text in Jude and wondered if it was inappropriate today, but after reflecting on our meeting last night, it seems just right.

 

Jude 1-2

"1-2 – Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who have obeyed the call, who are loved by God the Father and kept in the faith by Jesus Christ – may you ever experience more and more of mercy, peace and love!" – JB Phillips Translation of the New Testament

  • Pray:  that you will experience more of God’s mercy, peace and love
  • Write: …Jude 1-2 in your notebook
  • Read:All of Jude in the KJV or

                        All of Jude in the Phillips NT  

  • Article re-post:

Our Disappointments Matter to God

Article Excerpt

"The next morning I began my interview with the chief commanding officer, who looked to me like Churchill sitting across the table. He asked me question after question. Then he leaned forward and said, “Son, I’m going to break your heart today.” I wondered what he was going to say. He continued, “I’m going to reject you. I’m not going to pass you in this test.” “May I ask you why, sir?” I replied. “Yes. Psychologically, you’re not wired to kill. And this job is about killing.”

For the remainder of this week, we will study the book of Jude.  The text for these verses will be posted in the Phillips New Testament.  You can read it in the KJV translation by clicking the link I have above, or read it in your bible.  Also, the article on disappointment that I reposted is very timely after the recent storms.  If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to read it today.