THE BOOK OF JUDE
Jude 1:1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
Jude 1:2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Brothers, we are told here that salvation through faith was delivered to all of the saints of God. That is you and I brothers, we the church have received salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. We have been given His mercy, His peace, and His love have been multiplied unto us. You and I have been sanctified by God the Father, and preserved and called in Jesus Christ.
Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Jude 1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
But, we are told here that certain men have crept into the church unnoticed by we the saints. These are ungodly men who turn the grace of our God into lasciviousness. These people stand among us, but they deny the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Verse five reminds us that the Lord once saved His people from slavery in Egypt, but after saving them he destroyed many that believed not God.
Do you see that there are those who stand among us the saints of God, but they deny the power of God. These are in danger of being destroyed less they believe and return to His fold.
Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
Even the angels which were in heaven who did willfully turn from God, and did side with satin who claimed to be God, and one third of those angels have been bound in chains under darkness until the great day of judgment.
Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Jude 1:8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
Sodom and Gomorrha, and citis like them who gave themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh are given to us as an example showing us in this day that without repentance they will suffer the vengeance of eternal fire.
Brothers, we now live among cities who are much more depraved than was Sodom and Gomorrha. These people of this day can expect the same eternal fire as Gods judgment.
These people are filthy dreamers who defile the flesh, they despise dominion (refusing to be under anyone's charge), and they speak evil of dignities (those who are to govern both their morals and their rights).
Yet when Michael the archangel fought contending with the devil over the body of the Moses, he did not make railings against him. But, said the Lord rebuke you.
Jude 1:10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Jude 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
These who are ungodly among us do speak evil of the things which they don't know. They speak naturally as the world speaks, and corrupt themselves. Woe to those who greedily go after money for a reward. They will perish in that that they seek.
Jude 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
These are blown about by the winds because they have no Savior.
Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
Jude 1:15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.
The Lord Jesus will appear with ten thousands of His to remove us who belong to him, and will execute judgment on those who are left behind. These are murmurs, and complainers who are walking after their own lusts. They speak great swelling words for men to admire them because of advantage upon this earth.
Jude 1:17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; Jude 1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
Jude 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
Brothers, the mockers are here. They walk after their own ungodly lusts. These men have not the Spirit of God.
Jude 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Jude 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
Jude 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
Jude 1:25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
God Bless you brothers,
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