In some ways, I feel a bit like Jude. “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.” (Jude 1:4) It was my original intention to write some light devotions for this week, and instead the Spirit gave to me something that was very heavy.
Jude’s message is heavy. Jude told the believers of his day: “For certain individuals, whose condemnation was written about long ago, have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” (Jude 1:3-4) Apparently, false believers were creeping into the church and distorting God’s grace by insinuating that it was a license to sin. Yesterday we saw that in the end, Christ will come and judge these false believers. Today I want us to conclude our study by considering the promise Christ has made to those who faithfully follow Him.
Jude 1:20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. 22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. 24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
First of all, we see that we must always be ‘building ourselves up in our most holy faith.’ Thank you for being so faithful to take time each day to study God’s Word. My prayer is with these studies, your walk with the Lord will be made stronger.
Secondly, we are reminded that we must patiently wait for the return of our Savior. Though the world around us seems to be going into deeper darkness, we must always keep in mind that someday our Lord is coming.
Thirdly, we are told that those of us who know the truth must try to reach out and rescue those who don’t. “Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.”
Fourthly, we must always put our faith and trust in God. “To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” Without the help of God, some of us might be led astray as well. But by the power of the Holy Spirit, the faithfulness of God, and our ongoing study of God’s Word, we can stay strong and stable until the end. God bless each of you my brethren as we all continue to contend for the faith.