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Jude
Contending for the Faith

Instruction To the Church




                            Jude – Contending for the Faith
Review of 14-16
       Judgment of the Apostates




          Jude – Contending for the Faith
"It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh
 generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the
    Lord c...
Exposition of 17-19
          Instruction to the Church




              Jude – Contending for the Faith
"But you, beloved, ought to remember the
 words that were spoken beforehand by the
apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that...
“But you beloved, ought to remember…”
Jude uses the term “remember” in the indicative
   mood, which indicates a command –...
“Words spoken . . . by the apostles…”
While our Lord had many disciples, He selected only a
  few to be apostles. The word...
“Words spoken . . . by the apostles…”




"So then you are no longer strangers and aliens,
but you are fellow citizens wit...
“In the Last time…”
  Whenever the phrase “last time” or “last
 days” is used in Scripture, it refers to the
 period betwe...
“There will be Mockers…”
" Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers
will come with their mocking, following a...
“There will be Mockers…”




                       Jude – Contending for the Faith
“There will be Mockers…”
  " But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be
      love...
“There will be Mockers…”
    “If ever there was a case of a lame
   excuse we have it here. Ignorance is
 ignorance; no ri...
“There will be Mockers…”
 "“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered
   to the chief pri...
“There will be Mockers…”



 "...people say to me
        continually,
'Where is your God?'"
      (Psalm 42:3)




      ...
“There will be Mockers…”




                       Jude – Contending for the Faith
“Following after their ungodly lusts…”

  “Lusts” is epithumia (ἐπιθυμια), “a
  passionate craving,” good or bad.
  Accord...
“Following after their ungodly lusts…”



    One way to recognize an apostate: What do they follow?




 "“My sheep hear ...
“These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit.”
                                 - Jude 19...
“who cause divisions…”
  The word “division” is only used in
  Jude and literally means “to draw a
   boundary through”. O...
"Therefore if there is any encouragement in
 Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if
 there is any fellowship of t...
Word Study – Worldly Minded
                                                                          Greek Meaning
      ...
"But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish
ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and
so lie against the truth. This...
“Whatever a man
thinks about, when
 he is free to think
 about what he will,
that is what he is or
 will soon become.”
  -...
"Do not love the world nor the things in the
world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the
Father is not in him. For a...
"Set your mind on the things above, not on the
          things that are on earth."
              (Colossians 3:2)




   ...
“Devoid of the Spirit…”

  This is perhaps the most succinct
    statement made by Jude that
describes the apostate’s true...
"However, you are not in the flesh but in the
Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in
you. But if anyone does not ha...
"Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is
   born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the
     ...
The Apostate’s Profile




1.   Ungodly (vs. 4)                   10.   Grumblers (vs. 16)
2.   Morally perverted (vs. 4) ...
Concluding Thoughts
• Christians need to keep themselves bathed in God’s Words so
  we can remember His promises and so we...
Jude
Contending for the Faith

Instruction To the Church




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Jude - Part 7

  1. 1. Jude Contending for the Faith Instruction To the Church Jude – Contending for the Faith
  2. 2. Review of 14-16 Judgment of the Apostates Jude – Contending for the Faith
  3. 3. "It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage." (Jude 14-16) Jude – Contending for the Faith
  4. 4. Exposition of 17-19 Instruction to the Church Jude – Contending for the Faith
  5. 5. "But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit." (Jude 17-19) Jude – Contending for the Faith
  6. 6. “But you beloved, ought to remember…” Jude uses the term “remember” in the indicative mood, which indicates a command – he is commanding his audience to remember the teaching of the apostles. Most of Jude’s message is a walk down memory lane of what has happened in the past and how it should serve as a warning to all Christians then and now. Just as nothing takes God by surprise, God does not allow His people to be taken by surprise; it is a sign of His sovereignty. Through His prophets He has supplied us with the instruction that we need to remember so that (1) we will be ready for what is to come; (2) we can rest knowing that God’s omniscience and omnipotence mean all things are known by Him and He will work all things out according to His promises and plans. Jude – Contending for the Faith
  7. 7. “Words spoken . . . by the apostles…” While our Lord had many disciples, He selected only a few to be apostles. The word means “one who is sent with a commission.” In order to qualify, a believer had to be a witness of the resurrection of Christ (Acts 1:21– 22; 1 Cor. 9:1). The Apostles lived with Christ during His ministry, learned from Him, and were sent by Him into all the world to carry the Good News of salvation. Wherever there is the authentic, the counterfeit will appear; this happened in the early church and happens today as well. False apostles and teachers began to appear, and it was necessary to develop a system to protect the church against false prophecies and forged letters. Since Christ had committed “the faith” (Jude 3) to His Apostles, one of the main tests in the early church was, “Is this what the Apostles taught?” When the church assembled the New Testament books, it was required that each book be written either by an apostle or by someone closely associated with an apostle. Apostolic teaching was, and still is, the test of truth. Jude – Contending for the Faith
  8. 8. “Words spoken . . . by the apostles…” "So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone" (Ephesians 2:19-20) Jude – Contending for the Faith
  9. 9. “In the Last time…” Whenever the phrase “last time” or “last days” is used in Scripture, it refers to the period between Christ’s first and second advents (arrivals or comings). " But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come." (2 Timothy 3:1) "God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son" (Hebrews 1:1-2) "For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you" (1 Peter 1:20) Jude – Contending for the Faith
  10. 10. “There will be Mockers…” " Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:3-9) Jude – Contending for the Faith
  11. 11. “There will be Mockers…” Jude – Contending for the Faith
  12. 12. “There will be Mockers…” " But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also. Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me! Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived." (2 Timothy 3:1-13) Jude – Contending for the Faith
  13. 13. “There will be Mockers…” “If ever there was a case of a lame excuse we have it here. Ignorance is ignorance; no right to believe anything can be derived from it. In other matters no sensible person will behave so irresponsibly or rest content with such feeble grounds for his opinions and for the line he takes. . . . Where questions of religion are concerned, people are guilty of every possible sort of dishonesty and intellectual misdemeanor.” - Sigmund Freud Jude – Contending for the Faith
  14. 14. “There will be Mockers…” "“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.”" (Matthew 20:18-19) "In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes, were mocking Him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself." (Mark 15:31) "And Herod with his soldiers, after treating Him with contempt and mocking Him, dressed Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him back to Pilate." (Luke 23:11) "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap." (Galatians 6:7) Jude – Contending for the Faith
  15. 15. “There will be Mockers…” "...people say to me continually, 'Where is your God?'" (Psalm 42:3) Jude – Contending for the Faith
  16. 16. “There will be Mockers…” Jude – Contending for the Faith
  17. 17. “Following after their ungodly lusts…” “Lusts” is epithumia (ἐπιθυμια), “a passionate craving,” good or bad. According to the context, it is evil. The apostles predicted and/or warned that apostate teachers would come and they would be driven by their own sinful lusts. "Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires." (Galatians 5:24) Jude – Contending for the Faith
  18. 18. “Following after their ungodly lusts…” One way to recognize an apostate: What do they follow? "“My sheep hear My “Following after voice, and I know them, their ungodly and they follow Me;" lusts” (John 10:27) (Jude 18) Jude – Contending for the Faith
  19. 19. “These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit.” - Jude 19 1. They cause divisions 2. They are worldly-minded 3. They are devoid of the Spirit Jude – Contending for the Faith
  20. 20. “who cause divisions…” The word “division” is only used in Jude and literally means “to draw a boundary through”. One of the characteristics of the apostate teachers is they wrongly divide the Church and cause schisms and friction. This stands in stark contrast to Jesus’ prayer of unity for His followers: “Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are."(John 17:11) Jude – Contending for the Faith
  21. 21. "Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose." (Philippians 2:1-2) Jude – Contending for the Faith
  22. 22. Word Study – Worldly Minded Greek Meaning psychikos ① To the life of the natural world ② Unspiritual ③ One who functions bodily “These are the ones who cause Arndt, W., Danker, F. W., & Bauer, W. (2000). divisions, worldly-minded, A Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament and other early Christian literature. devoid of the Spirit." (Jude 19) Interpretation & Application Jude says that a characteristic of the apostates is they are worldly in their thinking, which means they think about and focus on things in contrast to God: "You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God."(James 4:4) . And what makes up the world? "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world."(1 John 2:16). A key trait of fakes is what they focus their mind on – they focus on these things and themselves instead of God’s will. Jude – Contending for the Faith
  23. 23. "But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy." (James 3:15-17) Jude – Contending for the Faith
  24. 24. “Whatever a man thinks about, when he is free to think about what he will, that is what he is or will soon become.” - A. W. Tozer Jude – Contending for the Faith
  25. 25. "Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” (1 John 2:15-16) Jude – Contending for the Faith
  26. 26. "Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth." (Colossians 3:2) Jude – Contending for the Faith
  27. 27. “Devoid of the Spirit…” This is perhaps the most succinct statement made by Jude that describes the apostate’s true spiritual condition: they are devoid of the Spirit, which means they are not believers, but simply pretenders and fakes. A person without the Holy Spirit is unable to submit themselves to God’s Word and Law (1 Cor. 2:14), so it stands to reason the apostates act in the manner that they do. Jude – Contending for the Faith
  28. 28. "However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him." (Romans 8:9) Jude – Contending for the Faith
  29. 29. "Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:5) "The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us." (1 John 3:24) "By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit." (1 John 4:13) Jude – Contending for the Faith
  30. 30. The Apostate’s Profile 1. Ungodly (vs. 4) 10. Grumblers (vs. 16) 2. Morally perverted (vs. 4) 11. Fault finders (vs. 16) 3. Deny Christ (vs. 4) 12. Self-satisfying (vs. 16) 4. Defile the flesh (vs. 8) 13. Use arrogant words (vs. 16) 5. Rebellious (vs. 8) 14. Use false flattery (vs. 16) 6. Revile angels (vs. 8) 15. Mock God (vs. 18) 7. Ignorant about God (vs. 8) 16. Cause divisions (vs. 19) 8. Proclaim false visions (vs. 10) 17. Worldly minded (vs. 19) 9. Self-destructive (vs. 10) 18. Devoid of Spirit/unsaved (vs. 19) Jude – Contending for the Faith
  31. 31. Concluding Thoughts • Christians need to keep themselves bathed in God’s Words so we can remember His promises and so we won’t be surprised at the persecution and opposition that comes against us/the Church • Mockers of the Christian faith have been around since Christ walked the earth. We should expect them to treat us no better than they treated Him. • What a person follows oftentimes provides good evidence for their true spiritual condition • God asks us to strive for unity, but not at the expense of truth • A person’s persistent thoughts are a good temperature of how much in the world they are • The Bible is clear: a person lacking God’s Holy Spirit is not a true believer. And the Spirit influences all of the above. Jude – Contending for the Faith
  32. 32. Jude Contending for the Faith Instruction To the Church Jude – Contending for the Faith

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