We have introduced the Author and the Audience. We have uncovered Jude’s aim as to warn these Christians of apostates. Jude gives a few accounts of those who pursued selfishness, rejected Gods authority, and even called him a liar. He proceeded to describe the apostate and his underlying character. The apostate is one who rejects God’s instruction, will, and people.
Jude reminds his readers through the examples used, of the separation and death that awaits those who are unregenerate. The false teachers Jude details are very deceptive. These deceivers had sat down at the very table believers used to worship God through fellowship. These deceivers appeared “spiritual” but their hearts were far from God! Finally we looked at the analysis Jude lays out for these ungodly men. God will bring harsh judgement on all who do not exercise faith, who pervert the truth, and only hunger for selfishness.
Jude now begins his instruction for his audience.
Lets look at The Anecdote (v17-19):
But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.
Jude reminds these readers that the Apostles even warned against such teachers. Throughout the NT we read warnings and cautions such as is found in: Acts 20:28-31; 1 Tim 4:1; 2 Tim 3:1-5; 4:1-3; 2 Pet 2:1-3; 4:1; 1 John 2:18; 2 John 7-11.
The Greek word for mockers relates to the idea of children playing and mimicking what they have seen. These false teachers were scoffers who doubted and disapproved of the Christian faith and the early church. These mockers would exist during the last times, or between Christ’s two comings. These mockers would seek their own pleasures which dishonored God. These mockers are instinctual and earthly, causing division among people, and lacking the indwelling Holy Spirit. These are unbelievers and without hope unless God re-births them.
Just as Jude has explained, these deceivers exist even now. They seek to divide the church and discredit Christ. They blend into our congregations and mimic our actions. Some of us have had the heartbreaking experience of disciplining these people out of our church. I have experienced this first hand and it grieved our church to its core. We all felt a sense of loss and confusion. We didn’t understand how someone so “spiritual” could turn their back on Christ. We didn’t understand why they couldn’t give up certain sins. We couldn’t judge their heart but we could judge their actions, and they were pointing us to an unregenerate soul. These deceivers might just be in the background or they could be teachers or worship leaders.
Jude has dealt harshly with those who aren’t seeking Christ. As we proceed to the last of our chapter we will look at Jude’s instruction. Please examine your heart, your dealings with unbelievers, and your ability to fight for the faith!
With Great Love and Truth,