September 15, 2014
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Jude: The Analysis

Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.

Jude 14-16

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Jude recalls Enoch’s prophesy concerning these ungodly men. Enoch was inspired by the Spirit to proclaim Gods judgment on evil. This judgment not only comes from God but the Saints will be actively involved as well. God continues to take wickedness seriously. God hates the wicked deeds of man and we see his disgust when he turns his face from Christ when he bore all our sin in himself on the cross. We also see this displayed in Hebrews 10:27-31

but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, ”says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Also lets take this chance to look in Revelation 20:11-15

Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

God’s Judgement is real and its severe. God is a holy God and cannot be in the presence of sin and evil. This is why in Jude Enoch is proclaiming God’s future judgment on ungodly men. The word for ungodly in the greek means to be irreverent, refusing to show honor where its due. These false teachers are not honoring their creator and on the contrary living as though he is irrelevant.

These men are ungodly in:

  • Actions boldly defying God
  • Harsh bitter speech against God

Some characteristics that follow these include:

  • Grumblers – discontent
  • Complainers – finding another at fault for their situation
  • Selfish pursuits
  • Flattery – selfish exaggerated talk
  • personal gain – appearing attractive to others by deceit

As you can see these false teachers can put on a good show but that show will eventually be cancelled. God will step in and execute harsh judgment on all who defy him and they will live in eternal Hell forever. Our responsibility as Christians is to expose these false teachers and explain truth to all men. We are to be as firm as we need to but as loving as Christ would be. Our opposition to these deceivers could result in God softening their hearts and calling them to salvation. Please don’t lose an opportunity to share the gospel because they get your emotions in an uproar, but be gentle and wise in standing up for the truth.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;

1 Peter 3:15

With Great Love and Truth,

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