Failure is a shared experience. There can be no sense of
detachment. My first response to a believer's defeat should be to
search my own heart.
Jude tells us what conditions in the world will be like just
before the Lord comes. It is a warning to us to "earnestly contend
for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" - verse 3
-"once" means "once and for all", (not to be repeated). God has
provided everything to maintain us in this life. But we are tested.
Here God points out the dangers. When a person hears the truth and,
without accepting it, turns away from it, he is in a very, serious
condition. He heard it and then gave it up. It is called "apostasy".
Today, we are living in a very dangerous and difficult time.
Christianity is quickly disappearing and this shows us how
important this Book of Jude is for us now.
Jude 1 & 21 "Preserved" and "kept" are from the same root word.
The first one is what God does, and second, what we are to do.
Often we pray that the Lord might keep us! What is verse 21 saying
Jude 5 Three examples of this (1) Although the Israelites were
all taken out of Egypt by God in the days of Moses, some did not
believe God and were destroyed.
Jude 6 (2) Some of the angels disobeyed, and today they are in
chains waiting for their punishment.
Jude 7 (3) Sodom and Gomorrah, great cities, were both
destroyed because they turned to immorality.
Jude 8-10 The wicked people in the world then, were creeping in
amongst the believers. Evil starts very gently. We can see all
this filth today, filling the news... giving up all the respect
for authority and insulting the truth of God.
Jude 11 Here are three ways in which people slip away; (1) "the
way of Cain". This is a picture of the old nature, the will of a
person in hatred against both God and believers. (2) "The error of
Balaam for reward". This is a picture of religious evil. Being
religious for gain. (3) "The gainsaying of Core"; a picture of
rebelling against God and His Word - see Numbers 16.
Jude 12-13 These are like people in our land today.
Jude 14-15 Remarkable verses. Enoch lived about 1,600 years
before Moses wrote the Book of Genesis (Genesis 5:21-24), and
warns against those wicked people who are around us today and
tells us of their awful end.
Jude 17-23 We are living in loose days, the "mockers" of the
truth for believers, are all around us. We are told here to build
up ourselves on our most holy faith (Read those words carefully,)
praying, keeping ourselves in the love of God, looking for the
mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. How we need
Jude 24-25 How sweet, touching and assuring an ending. He is
able to keep us (present) and present us faultless before God (future).