Sunday, December 2, 2018

The Book of Jude – Part 5: A Call to Persevere - HOFC

The Book of Jude – Part 5:
A Call to Persevere - HOFC
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | |

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Last week Jude spoke about the act of rejecting God’s Word was an act of rejecting the Lord Himself, and that if we reject the Lord, He in turn rejects us.

This week, we will see Jude expounding on the ungodly, specifically those who not only make up their own religion, but try to teach their beliefs to others as if it were God’s Words.

These ungodly people look for others who believe the way they believe, so they can perpetuate their sugar coating on the sin and ungodliness they refuse to repent from.

They may fool others outwardly with their act of religious righteousness, and they may even fool themselves, however God will not be mocked.

Part 1 - Introduction
Part 2 - Sin in the Church
Part 3 - Reject God and be Rejected
Part 4 - The Ungodly

Part 5 - The Call to Persevere

Jude 1:17-25
But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold.18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
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.
                  I.            IN THE LAST TIMES THERE WILL BE SCOFFERS
a.      They mock and grumble against the Word of God
                                                                         i.      Who hates the Word? Those who do not wish to obey it!

                                                                      ii.      Some claim to love Jesus, however Jesus Himself said, “If you love me, you will obey all that I command.”

                                                                   iii.      Why do they scoff at the Word of God and discount it?
1.      Because they wish to follow their flesh as opposed to God’s Spirit

b.     They will follow their own ungodly desires
                                                                         i.      What ungodly desires? Acts of the Flesh!

1.      The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

                                                                      ii.      They desires to gratify their flesh rather than God’s Spirit

               II.            THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO WILL DIVIDE YOU
a.      Those who follow natural instincts
                                                                         i.      This is why we are told in 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 to remove the immoral from the church
1.      It doesn’t say, give them a warning
2.      It doesn’t say ask them to stop being immoral
3.      It doesn’t say, forgiveness means letting them stay

4.      But the Word of God DOES SAY, What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”

                                                                      ii.      Why kick them out?  Because the Word of God says so, but if you need a reason;
1.      These people are NOT lovers of Jesus

2.      They mock God and His Word because they know it, yet follow their own desires

3.      They are not “struggling” with sin in their lives, they are out right LIVING IN IT, and trying to hide it from everyone, they are WICKED

4.      And the scriptures show us, “These ARE the people who WILL divide you!”

                                                                   iii.      Therefore these ungodly wicked MUST be removed from  the church to prevent division!

b.     They do not have the Holy Spirit
                                                                         i.      Meaning they are not truly saved, nor do they want to be

                                                                      ii.      They wish to keep living the way that gratifies their flesh, and continue hiding it from the rest of the congregation

a.      And praying in the Holy Spirit
                                                                         i.      Keep yourselves in God’s love

                                                                      ii.      Prov 8:17 – “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”

                                                                   iii.      John 14:21 – “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”

                                                                    iv.      John 14:23 – “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”

                                                                       v.      So only if we love God, will God love us in the sense that He fellowships us and gives us eternal life. And loving God is defined by John 14:21 above as keeping God’s commandments. Are you keeping God’s commandments? You must if you want God to save you from your sins.

b.     As you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you eternal life
                                                                         i.      So while we wait for Jesus to bring us eternal life, we are to live by building ourselves up in the most holy faith and keep praying in the Holy Spirit

                                                                      ii.      In other words, living by the Word and following God’s Spirit

1.      NOT hiding among His people and living for ourselves following the ungodly desires of our flesh.

            IV.            BE MERCIFUL TO THOSE WHO DOUBT (LIT and of some have compassion making a difference)
a.      Meaning to show compassion to those who are new to hearing the Truth
                                                                         i.      Many times their doubt was formed by mis-information

                                                                      ii.      Give them the Truth in compassion of their doubts and that may be all it takes to make a difference

b.     Save others by snatching them from the fire
                                                                         i.      We are to preach to the lost, giving them the Word of God so they too can follow God’s Spirit, and be saved from judgment

                                                                      ii.      However, it is up to THEM to allow God’s Spirit to work with them
c.      To others show mercy mixed with fear
                                                                         i.      Who are “others”?

                                                                      ii.      Those who did not receive the Word and were not snatched from the fire

                                                                   iii.      To them, we mix fear with the mercy shown

                                                                    iv.      Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

d.     Hate even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh
                                                                         i.      meaning we are to despise all the works of the flesh and everything they “touch”

                                                                      ii.      i.e. False Converts who pretend to be followers and do “good works” to prove themselves. 

1.      These works were done by corrupted flesh and its desire to deceive others into thinking they are “good people”, it was NOT done by the leading of the Holy Spirit, or for God’s Glory, and therefore we hate it.

                                                                   iii.      These wicked people deceive others, sometimes even themselves to manipulate for personal gain, whether financial, or for show or material gain.

1.      They are wicked, and all they do is done in their flesh and to be rebuked by believers.

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.

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