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JUDE
The Tweeted Epistle of Jude

 

Introduction: We learn of the beginning of the Church Age in the Bible's Acts of the Apostles. In Jude, which may be called the "Acts of the Apostates," we learn about the end of the Church Age. Jude, with its foreboding forewarning of end-time apostasy, serves as the vestibule to the book of Revelation. This short, one chapter epistle, written by the half-brother of Jesus and full brother of James, who was the head of the church in Jerusalem, was written, according to verse 1, to all who are called by God the Spirit, beloved by God the Father, and kept by God the Son. 

Jude 1:1 — The eternal security of Christians is not dependent upon our hold on Christ, but upon Christ's hold on us. (see also verse 24)

Jude 1:2 — Christians rely on the multiply of mercy, peace, and love.

Jude 1:3 — All Christians are called to contend for the Christian Faith, which was once and for all delivered to the saints, who serve as its sole stewards. If we fail as its custodians in its continuance it will be lost to our children.

Jude 1:4 — There are fifth columnists in the church, who are predestined to perdition and who promote ungodliness, by turning God's grace into license and by denying Christ's Lordship over their lives by their living in disobedience to Him.

 

Jude 1:5-7 — If God did not spare Sodomites, angels, and His own people who sinned, how can He spare today's smug and unrepentant sinners? 

 

Jude 1:8 — Apostates are foul pipe dreamers who are easily found out by their defiling of their flesh, which is fostered by the fact that they deny all human accountability to divine authority.

 

Jude 1:9 — If Michael, the Archangel of God, did not get flippant in his fight with the devil, we certainly shouldn't get to big for our britches when embattled by Beelzebub.

 

Jude 1:10 — This fallen world is the sole reality to apostates, who not only are ruled over by their beastly instincts, but also run around in the ignorance of their spiritual blindness railing against anything otherworldly.

 

Jude 1:11a — Apostates go the way of Cain, believing God is appeased by the produce of their own hands.

 

Jude 1:11b — Apostates greedily follow the error of Balaam, believing they can serve God while seeking selfish gain rather than God's glory.

 

Jude 1:11c — Apostates will perish like the gainsayer Korah, suddenly in their superciliousness and sedition.

 

Jude 1:12 — Apostates are sores on the body of Christ, promising clouds without precipitation that are blown by the winds of false doctrines, and flowery trees without fruit.

 

Jude 1:13 — Apostates are like waves of the sea or wandering nighttime stars whose ignominy is found in their instability.

 

Jude 1:14-15 Like Enoch, who was caught up to the Lord before He judged the earth with a flood, Christians should so walk with the Lord as to be caught up to Him before His final judgment of the earth with fire. (see also Genesis 5:21-24; 2 Peter 3:3-7)

 

Jude 1:16 — Apostates are bellyachers, pleasure-seekers, braggarts, and bootlickers.

 

Jude 1:17-19 — End-time apostates will be sensualists who scoff at the Holy Scripture, spurn the Holy Spirit, and are enslaved by their sinful lusts.

 

Jude 1:20 — Our Christian faith, which was birthed with a prayer prayed under the Spirit’s conviction, is continually built up by prayers prayed under the Spirit’s compulsion.

 

Jude 1:21-23 — While we look to Christ for our forgiveness, we are to keep ourselves in God's favor by being softhearted in our witness to the doubter and hard-nosed in our witness to the defiant.

 

Jude 1:24-25 — The eternal security of Christians is not dependent upon our hold on Christ, but upon Christ's hold on us. (see also verse 1)

 

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