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2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

We will go through the book of Jude and Lord willing, we will see how every verse is profitable for us, for doctrine, for reproof or correction, for instruction in righteousness with the end goal of being completely molded into the image of Christ.

Jude, the Servant of Jesus Christ
by Victor Torres

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2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

We will go through the book of Jude and Lord willing, we will see how every verse is profitable for us, for doctrine, for reproof or correction, for instruction in righteousness with the end goal of being completely molded into the image of Christ.

Jud 1:1 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:

The name Jude is actually a form of Judas. The name Judas of course is widely associated to the apostle who betrayed our Lord. What is not widely known though is that all of the apostles, including the apostle Jude, did betray Christ.

Mat 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

But we must keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book (the whole book). We must see ourselves as Judas Iscariot first, who forsook our Lord for fearing the loss of our lives or anything that we value more than our Lord, before we see ourselves as Jude, “the brother of James” whom the Lord is revealing Himself to and transforming in His image (2Co 3:18).

Joh 14:21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
Joh 14:22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?”
Joh 14:23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
Joh 14:24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
Joh 14:25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you.
Joh 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

It is only after we are given the Holy Spirit that we are truly able to fear God and not fear men (Act 2:43). Let us read about Peter’s boldness to proclaim Christ after He was given the Holy Spirit, a stark contrast to the Peter who denied Christ and swore that he doesn’t know Him just a few weeks ago:

Act 3:11 And as the lame one who was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.
Act 3:12 And seeing this, Peter answered the people, Men, Israelites, why do you marvel at this? Or why do you stare at us, as though we had made this man to walk by our own power or holiness?
Act 3:13 The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His son Jesus, whom you delivered up, denying Him in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to let Him go.
Act 3:14 But you denied the Holy and Just One and desired a murderer to be given to you.
Act 3:15 And you killed the Prince of Life, whom God has raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.
Act 3:16 And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, this one whom you see and know, His name made firm. And the faith which came through Him has given him this perfect soundness before you.
Act 3:17 And now, brothers, I know that you did it through ignorance, as also your rulers did.
Act 3:18 But those things which God before had shown by the mouth of all His prophets, that Christ should suffer, He fulfilled in this manner.
Act 3:19 Therefore repent and convert so that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
Act 3:20 And He shall send Jesus Christ, who before was proclaimed to you,
Act 3:21 whom Heaven truly needs to receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of His holy prophets since the world began.

That is how we must see those who persecute us, as Peter sees them “I know that you did it through ignorance”, as our Lord sees them:

Luk 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

As our Lord has forgiven us of our transgressions, we must be also compassionate to those who have wronged us. As He increase and we decrease, mercy, peace and love must increase in us.

Jud 1:2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

Pro 3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

Mercy must abound in the house of God as we are being conformed in His image. Look at the 136th chapter of Psalms and only those blinded by the Lord can rationalize eternal torment despite the repetition of the phrase “for His mercy endures forever” in every single verse of that chapter. These enemies of the gospel are the very people who will obtain mercy from those being formed as vessels of mercy in this age (Rom 9:23).

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
Rom 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

The elect of God also continue to abound with the peace of God that guard their minds from being anxious of anything (Joh 14:27, Php 4:7-9). It is because we continue to believe in the sovereignty of God and that everything that happens will work for the good of those who love Him.

Psa 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

2Pe 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

Because we have this peace through the knowledge that all things are for our sakes, even the evil that happens to us, we are given the will and the ability to love even our enemies.

Luk 6:27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
Luk 6:28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
Luk 6:29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either.
Luk 6:30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back.
Luk 6:31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
Luk 6:32 “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
Luk 6:33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
Luk 6:34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount.
Luk 6:35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.

As we have opportunity, let us do good unto all men, but let us focus our resources to the body of Christ. It is this love for the brethren that will show all that we are His disciples (Gal 6:10, 1Jn 4:20).

Joh 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

1Pe 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

A part of this love for the family of God is the diligence of guarding against spiritual leaven that can destroy the unity that God desires within the body.

Jud 1:3 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.

Earnestly contending for the faith requires us to have an intimate knowledge of Christ’s doctrine so that we can try every spirit and we do not believe another Jesus.

2Co 11:4 (GNB) For you gladly tolerate anyone who comes to you and preaches a different Jesus, not the one we preached; and you accept a spirit and a gospel completely different from the Spirit and the gospel you received from us!

Just very recently, we have seen some in the fellowship who have accepted spirits that are completely different from the Spirit that we have received from the teachers in the body.

Jud 1:4 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.

2Pe 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.

These people have turned the chastening grace of God into lasciviousness by believing false doctrines such as “Godly fear only means Godly reverence and God’s judgment doesn’t involve punishment” and “Anyone in the fellowship can be an elder or a teacher, I decide who is my elder or my teacher”.

1Ti 1:5 But the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, and a good conscience, and faith unfeigned,
1Ti 1:6 from which some, having swerved, have turned aside to foolish talking,
1Ti 1:7 desiring to be teachers of the law, neither understanding what they say nor that which they affirm.

These people indeed do not understand that they are putting the beast back in the throne of their lives. When we pointed out the lies in their “foolish talking”, they turned on us and started calling us Babylon and our leaders the Sanhedrin.

Jud 1:10 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.

2Pe 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

What is the biggest thing that they did not understand and speak evil of? The discipline within the body Christ! Let us look at John 13:35 again, but this time, we will look at the preceding verse:

Joh 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Joh 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

How should we love each other? As the Lord have loved us, that is how we should love each other! How does the Lord loves us?

Heb 12:5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons, “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked by Him;

Hebrews 12:5-6 are direct quotes of Proverbs 3:11-12 and are further witnessed by the following Scriptures:

Job 5:17 Behold, blessed is the man whom God corrects. Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.

Psa 94:12 Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O LORD, and whom you teach out of your law,

When we heeded the very words of our Lord to follow the steps of Matthew 18 to try to restore them, they lamented that no one had treated them more badly than us. They are basically calling good evil and evil good. When they didn’t hear the church and we had to treat them as a heathen man and a publican (Mat 18:17), they accuse us of acting like a cult.

Jud 1:5 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.

These people are typified by the mixed multitude who came out of the land of Egypt with Israel, but were really not of us or as verse 4 put it “who were before of old ordained to this condemnation”. See teaching about 1Jn 2:19 in the reference section.

1Jn 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

They accuse us of being hateful because God has darkened their understanding of what true love is:

1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Joh 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, If a man loves Me, he will keep My Word. And My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.

The first resurrection is only for those who are called, chosen and faithful. These people who left us are like Judas Iscariot who was one of the chosen 12 apostles but left his first estate, and thus reserved to suffer the vengeance of eonian (not everlasting) fire.

Jud 1:6 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.

Jud 1:7 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 1:6 had been used by those who teach that Satan and evil spirits used to be good spirits but turned against God. But verses 6 and 7 are just a continuation of the apostle’s admonition against giving in to spiritual fornication, in other words, “going after strange flesh” or false doctrines.

Heb 13:9 Be not carried about with divers [there are millions of them] and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats [“strange flesh Jud 1:6], which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

Angels in scripture can mean both spiritual and human messengers.

Luk 7:24 And when the messengers [same Greek word “angelos” in verse 6 of Jude] of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

Rev 22:8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

Rev 22:9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

The angels in Jude 1:6 are the angels who bring in damnable heresies whom many followed in their pernicious ways. These false prophets and their followers speak evil of the way of truth such as discipline within the church, unity among the brethren and esteeming our appointed leaders and teachers.

2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
2Pe 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
2Pe 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

These filthy dreamers despise governments (the same Greek word used as dominion in verse 8 is translated as government in 2Pe 2:10). They reject all authority such as we all did in the beginning for the carnal mind is deep seated hatred against God and cannot be subject to His law (Rom 8:7).

Jud 1:8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

2Pe 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

It is no wonder that they have a hard time accepting the truth that God has appointed some teachers, some apostles, some prophets, some elders within the church (1Co 12:28, Act 13:1).

Eph 4:11 (NIV) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.

They accuse the leaders of the body of exercising dominion over the brethren and accuse those who follow the leaders of doing so blindly.

Jud 1:9 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.

2Pe 2:11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.

Moses in verse 9 typifies our Lord Jesus Christ.

Act 3:22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you.
Act 3:23 And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’

Heb 3:1 Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,
Heb 3:2 who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house.

Michael the archangel typifies the elect who must constantly wage spiritual warfare and contend for the body of Christ (disputing about the body of Moses).

2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

Jer 23:29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

Jer 23:30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.

Jer 23:31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.

Jer 23:32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.

Ultimately it is really the Lord fighting for us so this victory over these lying spirits, over these false prophets is guaranteed. Verse 9 of Jude actually quotes this Scripture:

Zec 3:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

Ultimately, the elect of God, the “body of Moses”, will sing the song of the Lamb about His victory over the rebellion of all flesh.

Rev 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!

Rev 15:4 Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Before we continue to the rest of the verses in the book of Jude, I want to remind everyone of a common theme within the Bible. That common theme is contained in these two verses:

Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

The first Adam is carnal while the last Adam is spiritual. The many called in Babylon is earthy while the few chosen, the elect is heavenly. Cain and Abel, Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau, Saul and David, Joseph and his 10 brothers, Moses and Pharaoh, the Israelites and the Egyptians. Who are we? We want to be the elect right? Of course we do! But we have to be the many called first. We have to be in Babylon first before we come out of it. We have to be born of flesh first before we are born of the spirit.

Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

So when we talk about those people who left us and even the rest of the world who has never been a part of the body, I hope that it is clear to everyone that we all have Cain and Abel, Adam and Christ within each one of us. We are still in this corruptible flesh, so the purpose of discussing the ways that some of our brothers have fallen, and the ways that Babylon has fallen, is so that we can take heed unless we also fall ourselves.

1Co 10:12 So let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

The apostle Peter also warned us of those who twist the Scriptures to their own destruction.

2Pe 3:16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable pervert, as also they do the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction).
2Pe 3:17 Therefore, beloved, knowing beforehand, beware lest being led away with the error of the lawless, you fall from your own steadfastness.

What are some of the things that we can do to be “kept in Jesus Christ” (verse 1) like the Apostle Jude?

2Pe 3:18 But grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

We must grow in the grace of our Lord. The grace that chastens us to forsake all ungodliness and worldly lusts. The grace that disciplines us to live soberly, righteously and godly in this present wicked age. We must know our Lord’s mind more and more. Let’s look at the next verse of Jude and Lord willing, we will grow in knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

What is the way of Cain? To answer that question, let us go to Genesis and see what was the difference between Cain’s and Abel’s offerings.

Gen 4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
Gen 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
Gen 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
Gen 4:5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
Gen 4:6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
Gen 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

So Abel’s offering was accepted and Cain’s was not. And according to Gen 4:7, it is because Cain did not do well. Why did Cain not do well? The answer is because Cain did not know our Lord Jesus Christ.

Luk 24:44 And He said to them, These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets and in the Psalms about Me.

Luk 24:45 And He opened their mind to understand the Scriptures.

What a revelation! The things written in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets and in the Psalms is about our Lord Jesus Christ! The Law of Moses include the law of offerings. The law of offerings reveal to us how to approach God, what is acceptable and pleasing to God. The law of offerings will reveal to us why Cain’s offering was not accepted while Abel’s was. There are five types of offering: (1) burnt offering, (2) the meat (meal) offering, (3) the peace offering, (4) the sin offering and (5) the trespass offering. It is not the purpose of this study to go over all the offerings but I highly encourage everyone to read them.

Lev 2:1 And when any will offer a meat offering unto the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon:

Cain offered a meal offering, from the fruit of the ground.

Gen 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

Abel offered a burnt offering. Both burnt and meal offering are acceptable to God. But we are told something about the meal offering:

Lev 23:18 And ye shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two rams: they shall be for a burnt offering unto the LORD, with their meat offering, and their drink offerings, even an offering made by fire, of sweet savour unto the LORD.

Ezr 7:17 That thou mayest buy speedily with this money bullocks, rams, lambs, with their meat offerings and their drink offerings, and offer them upon the altar of the house of your God which is in Jerusalem.

So now we know why Cain’s meal offering was not accepted. It was because he offered a meal offering without a burnt offering. Let us contrast the two offerings:

Lev 1:3 “If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish. He shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the LORD.
Lev 1:4 He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.
Lev 1:5 Then he shall kill the bull before the LORD, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall bring the blood and throw the blood against the sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting.

Lev 1:9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

The burnt offering signify the giving of a life, and it is entirely burnt. It signifies Christ in us, dying daily to our sins. It signifies our obedience to God as we love Him with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength.

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

2Co 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

On the other hand, the meal offering signify Christ in us doing good to our fellow men.

Act 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

So when do we go in the way of Cain? “Woe unto them for they have gone in the way of Cain”. It is when we forget that our righteousness is not our own. It is when we forget that it is Christ in us who is doing the work.

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer I, but Christ lives in me. And that life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith toward the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself on my behalf.

It is boasting of our good works, forgetting that we are His workmanship, that it is Him who works in us the will and to do His good pleasure (Php 2:13).

Eph 2:8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God,
Eph 2:9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.

When we do that, our righteousness are not acceptable to God for they are not a sweet smelling savor but instead they smell like filthy rags.

Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

I must warn you though that believing in the total Sovereignty of God does not mean we can now relax and do nothing. Knowing that it is Him who works in us both to will and to do His good pleasure, does not mean that we should now stop to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Php 2:12-13).

Psa 51:18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Psa 51:19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

Rom 12:10 (ESV) Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Rom 12:11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

We must continue to be the servant of Jesus Christ and His body all our lives like the apostles Jude (Jud 1:1), Paul (Rom 1:1), James (Jas 1:1), Peter (2Pe 1:1), and John (Rev 1:1) as our Lord set us an example:

Mat 20:28 (ESV) even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Having the mind of Christ in desiring to serve our fellow men specially our fellow believers will also keep us from running greedily after the error of Balaam for reward.

Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

We freely give what we have freely received from God. Some have left us because we do not want to conform to the church world which peddle the word of God.

2Co 2:17 (CLV) For we are not as the majority, who are peddling the word of God, but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God in Christ, are we speaking.”

Mic 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.

We give both of our physical and spiritual goods with liberality knowing that we are storing treasures in Heaven.

Pro 11:24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
Pro 11:25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.

But those who ran greedily for physical treasure are selling not the true bread from heaven but the twisted word of God that will not satisfy the hearers but only lead them into the pit (Isa 9:16, Mat 15:14).

Isa 55:2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.
Isa 55:3 Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.

As we have learned recently, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone among us when heresies arise within the fellowship.

Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

The rebellion of Korah is not a unique incidence but is a common theme to those who are appointed leaders by the Lord.

Num 16:1 (GNB) Korah son of Izhar, from the Levite clan of Kohath, rebelled against the leadership of Moses. He was joined by three members of the tribe of Reuben—Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—and by 250 other Israelites, well-known leaders chosen by the community.

The Lord is pretty clear that the purpose of these trials is to reveal those who are approved and those who are not.

1Co 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

2Ti 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
2Ti 3:9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

As we have also seen, these people will call you as their multitude of counselors and will feign gratitude when you correct them, while at the same time keeping the idols of their hearts.

Jud 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

2Pe 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;

“Clouds without water” means false witnesses. Clouds is the biblical symbol for the saints (Psa 68:34, Heb 12:1), and water’s positive application is the Word of God. These false brethren are “carried about of winds” or deceived by their own unscriptural understanding (Job 8:2-3, Job 15:2-3).

Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psa 1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind [of their carnal understanding] driveth away.

These are like the apostle Jude’s namesake, Judas Iscariot who did not leave our Lord with the multitude who left Him in John 6:66, chosen but not faithful until the end.

Jud 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

Stars are scriptural symbol of angels or messengers of God. These wandering stars reserved the blackness of darkness for the eons is the same as the angels who left their habitation in Jud 1:6. We know that God Himself blinded them so we must not despise them for this blindness and let no one deceive you that this blindness will be forever.

1Ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Php 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
Php 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Php 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

These people’s end is destruction as is the end of the old man within each of us. We must be careful to examine ourselves and the teachings that we believe in to make sure that our old man is not the one that is reigning in our lives (Col 3:9-10). We also have to mark those “whose God is their belly, who mind earthly things”, whose beast is still in the throne of their heavens and we must be careful not to company with them.

Pro 24:1 (ESV) Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them,

Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

These “raging waves of the sea” will hate us as we will be hated by all men (Oba 1:10, Mar 13:13). But we must hold on to our confidence in the Lord, for He will not forsake us and He is mightier than those who can only kill our physical body, but not our spiritual body (Joh 2:19-21).

Psa 93:4 The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.

2Co 5:1 For we are aware that, if our terrestrial tabernacle house should be demolished, we have a building of God, a house not made by hands, eonian, in the heavens.”

If we continue in His words and judge ourselves in this age (Psa 37:30, 1Co 11:31), we will be included in the first resurrection and will be used of God to judge those who hate our Lord and His body.

Jud 1:14 – 15 And Enoch, the seventh from Adam, also prophesied to these, saying, Behold, the Lord came with myriads of His saints, to do judgment against all, and to rebuke all the ungodly of them concerning all their ungodly works which they ungodly did, and concerning all the hard things ungodly sinners spoke against Him.

Psa 50:3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.
Psa 50:4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.
Psa 50:5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.

Psa 122:5 For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

Those who are judged in the second resurrection will indeed suffer, but the end result is still their salvation.

Oba 1:21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.

1Co 3:15 (ESV) If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

Murmuring and complaining should not be seen in the life of any man or woman of God. If we have something against our brother or sister, the Lord has clearly instructed us to go to him or her privately and admonish that brother. If he doesn’t listen to you, take one or two with you and then if he doesn’t listen to those witnesses, that’s the only time you go to the church (Mat 18:15-17).

Jud 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.

Jud 1:16 (CEV) These people grumble and complain and live by their own selfish desires. They brag about themselves and flatter others to get what they want.

We have seen how some of the people who left us have bragged about the good things that they have done. How they are much respected within their community and by their own family. They have also twisted the Scriptures to flatter others that eventually followed them. They do these things as if we bring anything into the table.

Eph 2:8 (CEV) You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God’s gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own.
Eph 2:9 It isn’t something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about.

I have seen someone build a whole website dedicated in mocking the body of Christ particularly the leaders. They have leveled all sorts of insults to our teachings without providing proofs that these teachings are unbiblical. They do these while dismissing the whole validity of the bible as the word from God.

Jud 1:17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Jud 1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
Jud 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

But we must not be discouraged by their lies but instead we should rejoice when we are persecuted for His name’s sake, for great is our reward in heaven.

Mat 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Mat 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Our main focus should not to be to revile back nor to defend ourselves. Our main focus should be building each others’ faith, comforting and praying for one another and obeying His commandments (“keeping yourselves in the love of God”, verse 21) remembering that it is only because of His mercy that we have this down payment of age-abiding life.

Jud 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Jud 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Admonition towards a brother should always spring from the love we have towards that brother. That means that we must be ready to forgive when they repent from their wrong doing. We must be clear that our primary goal is reconciliation.

Jud 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
Jud 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

Our Father has sent His Son to save the world and not to condemn it. As the Father has sent Him, so did He send us also. We must never forget that we are ambassadors of Christ so that we don’t give an occasion to unbelievers to blaspheme God.

Jud 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
Jud 1:25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

References/further reading

Revelations 15:1 – 4

 

1 John 2:19

Their First Estate and Habitation mean

The Sacrifice of Cain vs Abel

 

Law of Offerings – Burnt Offerings

 

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