Be A Student

Jude 1:10 KJV But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. 
 
Jude continues his description of false teachers in these verses. He tells us that they speak evil of spiritual things because they do not understand them. This is a common aspect of our sinful human nature. It is easy to think of things we do not understand as silly. Even we Christians fall prey to this kind of thinking. This is why we are commanded to study the Scriptures (2 Tim. 2:15). Without a constant study of the Scriptures, we are susceptible to not thinking properly and will be influenced by our fallen nature,

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Be Different

Jude 1:8-9 KJV Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. [9] Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
 
What interesting verses in light of the circumstances of the day. Jude begins to point out the characteristics of those who oppose God. They defile the flesh, they make their life dirty with sin. They also despise dominion or reject authority. They also speak evil of dignities or show disrespect to those in authority. We, as the children of God, ought to have a completely different attitude. We should set the right example in all three areas. Our lives should be clean, we should follow the authorities God has placed in our life, and we should show the proper respect to authorities. These actions would allow the world to see Christ in us.

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Be Warned

Jude 1:5-7 KJV I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. [6] And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. [7] Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
 
Jude warns us of false teachers. In these verses, Jude compares false teachers to the unbelievers who were destroyed in the wilderness, to the fallen angels, and to Sodom and Gomorrha. This stern warning ought to cause us to be even more settled in Bible truth. The one protection we have against false doctrine is the Word of God. We need to study and know what the Bible teaches about any subject so that we are not carried about by every wind of doctrine.

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Be Aware

Jude 1:4 KJV For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Jude writes this epistle to warn of false teachers. One statement he makes in this verse is there are certain men crept in unawares. Jude is warning us to be on the alert for those who teach false doctrine and twist the Scriptures. These false teachers turn the grace of God into a license to do as we please. This will lead to denying the Lord Jesus Christ. The best way to be aware is to know and grow in the truth. We must also live the truth. The more we know and live the truth, the easier it will be to see the false teacher from the true Bible teacher.  In this day, we must be aware of the false teachers that are out there.

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The Common Salvation

Jude 1:3 KJV Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
 
As Jude begins this letter, he had a desire to write about the common salvation. This is an interesting statement about salvation. Sin no barriers or boundaries. Sin afflicts people of all ages, races, nations, and creeds. There is no one that is not afflicted by sin. We are all sinners. The only answer for sin is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Salvation, like sin, knows no barriers or boundaries. Salvation is not reserved for one particular type of people. Salvation is freely available to all. We need to be busy sharing this common salvation.

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Called

Jude 1:1-2 KJV Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: [2] Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
 
Today, we see the final of three truths that Jude shares with us about salvation When we are saved, we are sanctified and preserved, but we are also called. We are called to be the children of God (John 1:12). We are called to be conformed to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:28-29). We are called to live for Christ and share Christ with the world. It is our responsibility to share the Gospel with  lost and dying world. This is our calling. This calling is not for a select few, it is for all Christians. Let’s fulfill our calling today.

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Preserved

Jude 1:1-2 KJV Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: [2] Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
 
Today, we see the second truth that Jude shares with us about what it means to be saved. We find that we are not only sanctified, but we are preserved in Jesus Christ. We are secure in our salvation for all eternity because our salvation is the work of Christ and not ours. In John 10:27-30, Jesus teaches that we are in His hand and the hand of the Father and no man can ever remove us from His hand. Being preserved in Jesus Christ means that we are eternally secure and kept by Jesus Christ.

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Sanctified

Jude 1:1-2 KJV Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: [2] Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
 
As we begin a study of the little book of Jude, we notice three truths about those of us who have trusted Christ as our Savior. The first of these truths is that we are sanctified. This means that God has set us apart from sin and the world unto Himself. We are to live in a way that reflects that we belong to Him. In addition to God sanctifying us, we are to live a sanctified life. We are to separate ourselves from those influences that would draw us away from our God and back into the world.

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Let Your Light Shine

Psalm 58:3-5 KJV The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. [4] Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; [5] Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
 
We live in a world of wickedness. But wickedness is nothing new. God declared that the thoughts and intents of man’s heart was only evil continually (Gen. 6:5). Later, God declares that our heart is wicked and deceitful (Jer. 17:9), So it should not surprise us that the world is wicked. Our responsibility in a wicked world is to shine as lights of righteousness. Our actions and lifestyle should be in stark contrast to the wickedness around us. Our words should express the Gospel and and actions should glorify God (Matt. 5:14-16).

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Judge Uprightly

Psalm 58:1-2 KJV Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? [2] Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
 
We live in a world that does not judge uprightly. The world’s idea of justice and judgment changes constantly. The world’s idea of justice is often based on the popular opinion of the day rather than the rule of law. We cannot follow that same path. We serve a God is justice and righteousness. He has given us the Word of God. Let us not give into the whims of our opinions or emotions. Let us do right and be right because we are following the Word of God and the God of the Word. Let’s allow our life to show the world the God we serve.

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