In the opening verses, Jude makes it clear that he intended to write a letter rejoicing in the salvation his readers share, but because of the problems these followers were encountering, he wrote encouraging and exhorting them to Stand Firm. To remain faithful to Jesus in the face of false teachings. “They are godless men, who change the grace of God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” (v.4b) Apparently this is a reference to the rise of Gnosticism. But this isn’t what struck me about this verse. As it was explained in the sermon, some people accept the resurrection of Jesus, but they don’t accept him as Lord of their life. I find that quite staggering! How can someone reconcile one and not the other? It seems a step beyond only accepting Jesus as a Good Man and Teacher. The summary of the sermon was that because we are living in the Last Times, it’s guaranteed that we will encounter false teachings, attacks on the church, divisions within the church, and other troubles. What are we to do? Verses 17 onwards provide practical advice on perseverance. For me, the three point summary of Jude is: Don’t Panic. Stand Firm. Jesus is Lord. Amen to that! [10-01-2010]

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