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SUSTAING OUR FAITH

March 3, 2024

SCRIPTURE: Jude 17-25

KEY VERSES: But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (Jude 20-21)

INTRODUCTION: Up to this point in the book of Jude, Jude has established the "need" for his readers to contend earnestly for the faith with reminders of God's righteous condemnation of the ungodly (Jude 5-7), and with a vivid depiction of the ungodly men who have crept in unnoticed. (Jude 9-16 &19)

Now Jude provides a series of exhortations designed to make sure that they stand strong in the faith "once for all delivered to the saints" Twice in these verses, Jude addresses his readers as "beloved". (Jude 17 & 20) The term "beloved" is used frequently in the Scriptures. It describes those addressed as being very dear to the heart of the one using it. It is with such love in his heart that we find Jude giving the exhortations necessary to keep from being misled by the ungodly. As we consider his exhortations today, WE should remember that WE are 'beloved' and WE should heed these warnings too. Now let’s see what WE must do!

I. THE EXISTENCE OF ERROR. (Jude 17-19)

INSIGHT: All the way through the Word of God, you will find that we are told to “Remember.” In other words, we are to remember the Word of God. We will see before we finish this epistle that it is all-essential to know what the Word of God has to say.

A. Remember Who Spoke Them. (Jude 17)

But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 17)

1. They were the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2. That is, those duly appointed and sent out by Jesus Himself.

3. To pay attention to them is to heed the Lord Himself.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.” (John 13:20)

B. Remember What They Said. (Jude 18-19)

How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. (Jude 18-19)

1. That there would be mockers in the last time. (2 Peter 3:3)

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts. (2 Peter 3:3)

2. That they would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. (Read: 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 4:3-4)

II. THE RESPONSE TO ERROR. (Jude 20-23)

A. We Must Build Ourselves Up In The Most Holy Faith. (Jude 20)

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. (Jude 20)

1. It is not enough to just lay down one level of knowledge and understanding.

2. We must continue to build upon it.

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ...” (2 Peter 3:18a)

3. We therefore need to take advantage of opportunities to study the Bible and learn.

B. To "Build Up Yourselves" Suggests Personal Responsibility. (Jude 20)

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. (Jude 20)

1. God, family, and brethren will be there to encourage us.

2. We must accept personal responsibility and make the effort.

C. "The Most Holy Faith" Is That "Faith Once Delivered." (Jude 20)

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. (Jude 20)

1. It is that body of doctrine (the Historic Christian Faith) in which our personal faith is to rest.

2. It is that body of doctrine which has been "once delivered unto the saints."

3. Which of course pertains to what the Lord Jesus Christ has done and will do for us!

INSIGHT: THE APOSTLES' CREED (as usually recited today): I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

INSIGHT: PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT: What is meant by praying "in the Spirit"? Jude does not elaborate. Also, Paul, who uses the expression in Eph. 6:18, does not elaborate. But Paul does use the expression "walk in the Spirit" in Gal. 5:25, which suggests walking or living according to the Spirit's direction as found in the Word of God.

I believe "praying in the Spirit" simply emphasizes that our prayers be in harmony with what the Spirit teaches in the Word of God! “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:” (1 John 5:14)

INSIGHT: DEFINITION OF PRAYER: Years ago a missionary sent a pastor a little cross on which was printed a definition of prayer:

“Prayer is the HOLY SPIRIT speaking IN the believer, THROUGH Christ, TO the Father.” That is a very good definition of prayer.

E. We Must Keep Ourselves In The Love Of God. (Jude 21)

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (Jude 21)

1. Again we see the need for personal responsibility.

2. This does not mean that we are the ones who keep ourselves saved, the LORD does that!

3. As Peter wrote, we are "kept by the power of God through faith" (1 Pet. 1:5)

4. It is an exhortation to stay close to Him in our walk (which comes through prayer and the Word of God).

INSIGHT: Jesus Christ taught that keeping the commandments is the key to abiding in God’s love.

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. (John 15:10)

F. We Must Look For The Mercy Of Our Lord. (Jude 21)

1. We must always be looking forward.

2. Looking forward to "the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ." (Titus 2:11-13)

This verse is inscribed of many Christian believer tombstone.

3. Looking forward to "the coming of the day of God." (2 Peter 3:10-12)

4. Looking for that "new heaven and new earth in which righteousness dwells." (2 Peter 3:13-14)

G. We Must Be Compassionate, With Fear. (Jude 22- 23)

1. The Need For Compassion. (Jude 22)

And of some have compassion, making a difference: (Jude 22)

a. We need compassion to move us to action. (Matt. 9:36-38; 10:1)

b. We need compassion to properly handle those in danger. (Gal. 6:1; 2 Tim. 2:24-25)

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. (Gal. 6:1)

c. COMPASSION makes a difference!

2. The Need For Fear. (Jude 23)

And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. (Jude 23)

a. Fear that we, too, would be caught up in the same error of the wicked. (Gal. 6:1)

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. (Gal. 6:1)

b. That we might be motivated to persuade those in danger of being lost. (2 Cor. 5:10-11)

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 11Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. (2 Cor. 5:10-11)

III. TRUTH IN THE MIDST OF ERROR. (Jude 24-25)

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, 25To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (Jude 24-25)

Let me give you a literal translation: “Now unto him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you (make you stand) before the presence of his glory blameless with great rejoicing, to the only wise God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory and majesty and might and authority, before all time both now and forever. Amen.” (Literal Translation of Jude 24-25)

A. The Lord’s Place.

If you want to know the place that Jesus Christ should have in your life, especially in these days of apostasy, here it is in this wonderful benediction.

“Through Jesus Christ our Lord” -- He is God. And He is our Lord; He should be the Lord of our lives. Glory should be given to Him. We should glorify Him, tell how great He is, how wonderful He is, how mighty He is and mighty to save. He is majestic, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is mighty -- all power is given unto Him in heaven and in earth. This universe has not slipped from under His control. All authority belongs to Him, and whether you like it or not, you are going to bow your knee to Him someday.

B. The Believer’s Place.

In these days of apostasy, God’s children need to bring glory to the name of Jesus Christ and to try to hold Him up before a denying world. We should be a light in a dark place. We should be an encourager!

BE AN ENCOURAGER

By David C. Egner

(1) Ron, a recent Bible-school graduate, had been a youth pastor for about 3 months. Some of the young people seemed to resent him, certain parents were beginning to criticize him, and he was getting discouraged. Then the chairman of the church board invited him to lunch. “Uh-oh,” he said to his wife. “Here it comes.”

(2) At lunch the chairman looked him straight in the eye and said, “I hear that you are getting some flak. I want you to know that the board thinks you are doing a good job. True, nothing much is happening yet, but we are convinced that it will. You’re doing exactly what we asked you to do. Just keep at it.”

(3) Ron walked out of that meeting with his head held high and his heart singing. He worked with renewed confidence, and soon the youth group began to grow numerically and spiritually.

(4) Paul told the Roman believers that he wanted to see them so they could encourage each other (Romans 1:11-12). You and I know how helpful that can be. We all appreciate an arm around the shoulder or a kind word.

(5) If you have received some unexpected encouragement today, thank God for it. And when the Holy Spirit leads you to encourage someone, go ahead and do it. Be an encourager. Both of you will be glad you did. – By David C. Egner, Our Daily Bread, March 26, 2003

CONCLUSION: Every one of us have opportunities to respond to people with encouragement.

1.  When these opportunities come up, God’s people should respond to them.

2. Respond in the same way God responds to us -- not with criticism, flattery, or words of discouragement.

3. Respond with words that will give that person the courage, hope, and confidence they need to be encouraged and bolstered rather than discouraged.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “A spark of encouragement can rekindle warmth in the heart.”

 

REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the Moody Bible Commentary, J. Vernon McGee’s Thru the Bible Commentary: (www.ttb.org), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: (http://www.intouch.org/), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, Dr. Tony Evans (https://tonyevans.org/), KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: (http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Dr. Robert Jeffress’ Pathway to Victory (https://ptv.org/), Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook (www.sermonnotebook.org), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, Radio Bible Class Ministries (http://rbc.org/), selected illustrations and other references.

 

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