Today, some refer to this as hyper grace. Jude had to deal with those who "deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ" a. kept. God calls, God loves, and God keeps. Jude was not only one of four half-brothers of the Lord Jesus, but also a brand new convert to the faith. . Their doctrine of grace gave them excuse to sin b. 1. 3. In verses 5-7 Jude wants to remind believers of consequences of sin and rebellion. 2. Peter, writing that God has given us "all things that pertain to life and godliness" -. We are taught the manner in which we are to contend. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. Jude uses the word “ungodly” four times! Vs 11. All three verbs are passive. Vs 4. Genesis 3:1-4; Matthew 7:23-24, Mark 10:6-8, Mark 13; Luke 13:22-24; Luke 17:2, Romans 6:1-2, Romans 12:2, Rom. That God's revelation is incomplete, or it is still in progress b. b. ", 2. (“Did God really say…?” Genesis 3:1). Verses 20–21: "But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep, yourselves in the love of God, wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." As we begin to focus on the purpose of The Epistle Of Jude, we see that his original desire was to write about our common salvation shared in Christ: "Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints." THAT IS WHY HE IS GOD: Do you know for a fact that if you were to die today that you would not go to hell? Trans: Jude originally intended to write about salvation but pivots to the problem of apostasy that has crept into the church. 2–5) to keep them safe, Jude now shows them the danger that surrounds them. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS GOD MANIFEST IN THE FLESH. When God promises that his church will be kept from defeat, his purpose is not that we lay down our sword and go to lunch, but that we pick up the sword of the Spirit and look confidently to God for the strength to fight and win. To excuse their disregard for the commands found in God's Word b. To justify their lifestyle that is contrary to the principles of the Bible -- For they are likely to say: "God is too loving, His grace is too wonderful, to condemn us when we are so sincere!" (“there is no hell”). This message shows us from the text in the Gospel of John, 4 Truths that we must affirm and earnestly contend for. The true church has always been attacked both from without and from within! 4. “licentiousness” means unrestrained vice or gross immorality; how dangerous it is to think we have a license to sin because God is a loving, forgiving God. The call to "contend earnestly for the faith" is not a license to engage in "contentions" and "outbursts of wrath" - cf. Thankfully, Jude gave us a detailed letter and an example to follow as to how to recognize and deal with false teachers and apostates who come against the Lord Jesus Christ and the eternal truths of Scripture. From the "Believers' Study Bible": a. But it is a call to vigorously contend with all the weapons at our disposal... a. 4. The men Jude warns about were ungodly, they perverted grace, and denied Christ. This man-pleasing movement prefers to conform to this world and rejects the inerrancy of Scripture. 3. Nothing but vigorous counter-contention would be sufficient. Finally, Jude reminds us that it had been “delivered” to the saints—passed on from the disciples to the next generation in the church. This should be a warning to the rebellious. It is not to help believers feel content, but to help them feel vigilant. Ungodly men, ungodly sinners, ungodly deeds – deeds done in an ungodly manner. c. The present tense of the verb indicates that the Christian struggle is to be continuous. The simple verb agonizomai first meant to compete in an athletic contest, and … Some unique descriptors are used for false teachers: clouds without water, trees without fruit, and wandering stars “for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.” Jude issues a call to remember the words of the apostles, and look expectantly for the return of Christ. Save others; have mercy with fear – those who have bought into false teachings or following apostates need immediate attention and rescue. We must know the truth and learn from biblical history! Here’s why those three elements of … He was, We know that James not only wrote the letter bearing his name, but he was the leader of the Jerusalem Council (, What could have caused these men to go from skeptics to bold disciples of Jesus Christ, and eventually. B. earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. But perverting His teaching or setting themselves up as their own authority ...that makes it necessary that we "contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered to the saints" Dear friend, whose side of this battle are YOU on? Jude reminds us that God saved the Jews out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who refused to believe. The matter is serious; we are at war! That men "crept in unnoticed" should give us pause... a. Grumblers, finding fault, speak arrogantly, flattering people – those who murmur, vent their disapproval of God’s ways, their words have little or no spiritual or eternal value, lacking substance, they tell people what they want to hear – not what they need to hear = truth in context from Scripture. Jude 3-4 cautions us to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. (remember Jesus cursing a fig tree in leaf?). By their lack of respect to the Word of God b. He was not one of the Apostles that lived and walked with Jesus, yet Jude chose to write about false teachers and the need to defend true, apostolic, biblical doctrines. "THE EPISTLE OF JUDE" Contending Earnestly For The Faith (3-4) INTRODUCTION 1. It is our objective to … Holiness of life is our highest aim in Christian service. Some people are so quick to take up the "sword", they leave the rest of their armor behind! Peter warned in advance about the coming of false teachers, while Jude wrote about their presence within the early church. The ‘Church’ Infecting Christianity: Where Did the Emergent Church Emerge From? What could have caused these men to go from skeptics to bold disciples of Jesus Christ, and eventually martyrs for the faith? F. Part of contending for the faith is knowing what we believe and why we believe it. “Eternal fire” – a fire that can never be quenched (aka “hell fire”), Vs 9. 4. Jude also alludes to nine different illustrations from the Old Testament. [MH COMM], Trees without fruit – false teachers claim to produce but deliver emptiness. 4:17-24. And he tells them to fight for the faith. “Apostasy” simply means a departure from the true, biblical faith of Christ. They eventually abandoned the faith and rebelled, and grumbled against God. 22:18-19, apostates, Book of Jude, contend for the faith, deception, eternal truth, false teachings, judgment, salvation, sanctification, warning, Designed by Spreeman Communications ©2017. that is why we call him lord. This faith is repeatedly threatened from within the church. Many Christians don’t contend for the faith because they don’t know why they should. Paul defines our weaponry in. Vs 6. 22:18-19, Why the Oscars, Award Show Ratings Keep Tanking, Perspective, Prophecy, and Pressing On through 2021, Elite Globalist Agenda: the Great Godless Reset, Big Tech Democrats, Media Helped Biden More Than Voter Fraud. Four reasons the book of Jude was included in the Canon (A.D. 170): due to his being related to Jesus, the fact Jude was an eye-witness of the resurrected Christ, the inspired content of the letter, and Clement of Rome (A.D. 96) supported Jude as authentic. But Paul gives us the answer which may also be a key to the conversion of Jude as well. “Contend” is a strong word that translates the Greek compound verb epagonizomai, found only here in the New Testament and translated “earnestly contend” in some translations. Like Clouds without water – (at first sight clouds are great) apostates bring hope of rain, but fail to satisfy; these men are like empty clouds promising spiritual life, but bring death. But those who "contend earnestly for the faith once delivered"... a. Sermon outlines based on the Epistle of Jude. from Jude 1). In 1 Corinthians 15:7, we know that Jesus appeared to James! 7 Admonitions Given to Believers: (1) Earnestly Contend for the Faith (v.3) 1 Tim. Michael the archangel (chief angel of God) that watches over Israel, leader of the holy angels (also mentioned in Daniel 10 re: spiritual warfare), Vs. 10 – “these men revile things they do not understand…” They are “unreasoning animals.”, Note: the devil, aka Satan = accuser or slanderer. Have you submitted to Him whom God has made both Lord and Christ? Our commitment to Christ and His Church requires taking firm strenuous action whenever such action is needed. H. I Corinthians 1:18 “For the preaching of the cross is foolishness to those being lost, but to us being saved, it is the power of God.” God calls, God loves, and God keeps. Faith is a reference to the body of basic Christian doctrine and Christian truth. Such qualities as "the meekness and gentleness of Christ" -, . 3. It is believed by the time Jude wrote this epistle that all of the other apostles except John had already been martyred. And in verse 24 God is able to. Will recognize the authority delegated to His apostles -. By their setting up other standards of authority for what they believe or do 1) Such as a synod, convention, council 2) Such as a pope, bishop, minister, or their own person 3. We don’t know much about Joseph and Simon, but Jude begins his letter by referring to himself as a servant of Christ and “brother of James.”. EARNESTLY CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH: LISTEN TO THE KING JAMES BIBLE BY ALEXANDER SCOURBY. This can fool those lacking a biblical foundation. Sunday Early AM: 8:45 AM Sunday School: 10:00 AM Sunday Morning: 11:30 AM. 31 Therefore be on the alert; ACTS 20:29-31. Therefore I know that he loves me with a particular electing love. The goal of the Contending for the Faith Preaching & Teaching Conference is to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). the lord jesus christ is god manifest in the flesh. Notice right from the start, Jude refers to himself humbly as a bond-servant, meaning he submitted to the Lordship of Christ. This was an issue that couldn’t be ignored. This tends to rattle many passionate Christians who insist that we contend for the faith. Contend Earnestly for The Faith Dr. Phil Fernandes is the president of the Institute of Biblical Defense, which he founded in 1990 to teach Christians how to defend the Christian Faith. - cf. He describes the character and degenerate, wicked personal lives of the deceivers, and points out that their teachings are – just like modern times – clever, subtle, and enticing, but you can recognize them by their fake spiritual fronts. They revel in the idea we are in a postmodern or post-Christian society, and often have a form of godliness, As disciples, followers of Christ, and lovers of the Truth, we must understand the times in which we live and warn others, The book of Jude (“Judah” in Hebrew) was written just thirty-five years or so after Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven. BLACK darkness is reserved for them “forever”! But in the middle his concern is different. It is believed by the time Jude wrote this epistle that all of the other apostles except John had already been martyred. This sermon is expository in style, you will have to open, and keep open, your Bible to get full benefit. – “But you…” Building yourselves up – since Christ is the cornerstone of our faith we have a sure foundation to build on. Today we often face people denying the authority of God and Jesus a. You can probably think of a few popular leaders today who fit this profile. In writing to several of the churches, Paul also wrote about deceptions such as Gnosticism, legalism, and worldly philosophy. There are many who would attempt to turn the grace of God into lasciviousness. Christianity was under severe political attack from Rome as well as infiltration by apostates. It is the fact... a. First, what is “the faith” to which Jude refers? Jude is very eager to begin by stressing the security of the believer in God's electing and preserving love. So much so, that they engaged in that which was openly shameful (lewd) -- Perhaps they said: "Let us sin so that grace may abound!" The expression "once for all" can rightly be worded "one time for all time" b. Make sure that you let them "remove the plank for your own eye" so you will be able to see clear "to remove speck out of your brother's eye" - cf. This is a cancer in the church where believers who may have started out sincere now mock the spirit of grace. Vs 17. (2) Remember the Teaching and Warning of the Apostles (v.17) Eph. (holy ones may refer to either angels or believers) Believers will have a role in the coming kingdom of Christ but angels are executioners of Gods judgment. While Jude was preparing to or had intended to write about the blessing of their common salvation in Christ, he was compelled to send this appeal to fight for the truth of the gospel. 2. There’s nothing new under the sun as today, many have accepted unbiblical ideas or teachings because on the surface they might sound good. Bible Study: 7:00 PM Youth Program: 7:00 PM Masters Club: 7:00 PM SOME WILL PERVERT THE DOCTRINE OF GRACE... 1. Contending Earnestly For The Faith (3-4) Jude's letter begins and ends with very comforting words to Christians. The, He is writing to believers, “those who are called,” beloved, and “kept for Jesus Christ” – this doesn’t refer to an invitation but to an, Their intentions are to get you to doubt God and His Word, to confuse or discourage Christians about doctrine, and to lead people astray. Vs 21. To deny ungodliness and worldly lusts! The Believer's Assurance: the God Who Keeps, Jude's letter begins and ends with very comforting words to Christians. This man-pleasing movement prefers to conform to this world and rejects the inerrancy of Scripture. The following is an excerpt from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary on Jude 3. (“, He points out the immorality/destruction of, Trees without fruit – false teachers claim to produce but deliver emptiness. This established some credibility for Jude right up front. In order to contend for the gospel of salvation, revealed truth from God, it is imperative to know sound doctrine, be discerning – able to determine truth from error, and willing to confront false teaching. Having shown them the electing love of God and the unsurpassed power of God (vv. Sodom and Gomorrah… to illustrate God’s judgment, the destruction of these two cities is used over 20 times in Scripture. We know that James not only wrote the letter bearing his name, but he was the leader of the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15), a pillar in the church! a. There was no room for debate or compromise. “Contend earnestly” for the faith – notice the urgency to not only stand against apostates but strongly, firmly, defend the faith. In verse 1 it describes us as "those who are, for Jesus Christ." Jude was not only one of four half-brothers of the Lord Jesus, but also a brand new convert to the faith. . That is, "the faith" (that body of doctrine which we are to believe) was delivered to the church "one time for all time" -- Revelation was not to be repeated, nor was there more to be revealed later on! This faith is worth contending for. (Matthew Henry) Refraining from quarrels, applying gentleness, the Word, with patience and humility correcting the opposition -. There was an urgent need at hand and the church had but one option, earnestly contend for the faith. B. “saving people…destroyed those who did not believe” – is not only historical but prophetic about the end times. Wandering stars – apostates claim theirs is the way to spiritual knowledge but lack true direction; (could mean ‘shooting stars’ that flash quickly through the sky and fade away into nothing). God miraculously delivered the nation of Israel from the bondage of Egypt, but they doubted His promise to bring them to the Promised Land. “judgment… great day” – refers to the final judgment. “But you…” Remember words spoken by the apostles – warnings of false teachers. He will work in me that which is pleasing in his sight (, ), and present me with rejoicing before the throne of his glory. Church of Determination ( Acts 2 : 46 - 47 ) As we begin to focus on the purpose of The Epistle Of Jude, we see that his original desire was to write about our common salvation shared in Christ: "Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common … That God has revealed all that He would have us know is evident from such statements like those of: a. Paul, telling the Ephesian elders he had not shunned to proclaim "the whole counsel of God" -, . The book of Jude is yet another warning for today’s Christian church. WE MUST CONTEND EARNESTLY... 1. “certain persons have crept in unnoticed” (sounds like the church in America today). That generation died in the wilderness. Cause divisions; worldly minded, devoid of the Spirit – they stir up debates and cause divisions (but accuse others of being divisive!) (1-2) Contending Earnestly For The Faith (3-4) Reminders Of God's Righteous Condemnation (5-7) The Ungodly Dreamers (8-16,19) Exhortations To The Beloved (17-23) Jude's Closing Doxology (24-25) How much easier, then, for this to happen today when we live in time far removed from those initial warnings! That such could happen, despite the many warnings given by Jesus, Paul, and Peter b. Jude charges all believers to Proclaim, Protect and Preserve the truth and “earnestly contend for the faith once delivered unto us” 1. Then at the end of his letter in verse 24 he says, "Now to him who is, you from falling and to present you without blemish before the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God . The main point of this little book of Jude is verse 3. (smile) Always great to ... Maria: Well articulated Dave, as always. Paul also has something to say about other weapons that are "mighty in God" a. THE "NEED" TO CONTEND EARNESTLY FOR THE FAITH. Introduction: I. Matthew 13:55 lists the half-brothers of Jesus as “James and Joseph and Simon and Judas (“Jude” in Greek).” The Apostle John tells us none of Jesus’ brothers believed in Him – until after the resurrection. It is our privilege and responsibility not only to know Christ better and to study the Word, but to preach the truth and fight to preserve it. Railing judgment – interesting that the leader of God’s holy angels, Michael did not rebuke the devil directly, but said “The Lord rebuke you.” Believers are to call on God’s sovereign power to intervene in the midst of satanic attack or spiritual warfare. Anyone who doesn't teach Jesus, Him crucified and risen again, seated on the Right Hand of God, making intercession for us is a false teacher! The main text used was taken from JUDE 1:3 and JOHN 14:1-6. There is a faith once for all delivered to the saints. This I infer from the phrase "the faith which once for all delivered to the saints" a. is translated "contend earnestly" and is related to the English word "agony." Vs 14. Will recognize the authority which belongs to Christ -, . Christ is the only way to the Father. Contend Earnestly Article by John O. Reid (1930-2016) Rebellion of Korah – Korah, being a Levite, had duties in the tabernacle of God, but he rebelled against the authority of Aaron’s priesthood; he and 250 Jewish leaders rejected God’s anointed leadership of Moses and Aaron and as a result, came under divine judgment. Christ is the only Way. Thus the Scriptures, which contain the faith delivered "once for all", contains all we need to become what God wants of us! The breastplate of righteousness c. Feet shod with the gospel of peace d. The shield of faith e. The helmet of salvation f. The sword of the Spirit, the Word of God g. Watching with all prayer 2. Though Jude intended to write about the salvation believers in Christ share, he was compelled to warn Christians to contend for the faith against ungodly men, false teachers: they deny the truth and pervert the grace of God. us from falling. Christ is the Truth. Deceivers and false teachers have infiltrated the ranks and are leading many astray. 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