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JUDE VS 8-10
Jude has been reminding his readers that it really does matter how you life your life as a Christian. Although your salvation is secure and guaranteed, your rewards and inheritance are not.
John says “Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward”. (2 John vs 8).
Peter says that we should strive that we might have an ‘abundant entrance’ into Heaven (2 Peter :11).
Paul says that if we sow to the flesh, and spend our time and affections on worldly things (wood, hay and straw), we will still be saved (because Salivation is based solely on the completed work of Christ), but we ourselves will suffer loss when we stand before the Judgement seat of Christ (1 Cor 3:15 / Gal 6:7-8 / 2 Cor 5:10).
Jude has given us three examples to make his point:
1st Example –Though saved from Egypt, those who did not believe all died in the wilderness and did not receive their inheritance
2nd Example –The Angels who left their natural abode (though having been in the presence of God, became subject to His wrath and judgment
3rd Example –The cities of Sodom & Gomorrah, though situated in the fertile plain of Jordan, ‘as beautiful as the Garden of Eden’ (Gen 13:10), were destroyed by God on account of their giving themselves over to immoral lusts.
The warning is given: those who give themselves over to the flesh will suffer loss.
In verses 8-10 Jude starts to detail just what those who are given over to worldly lust are really like.
The first characteristic is that they have no regard for authority, and even despise and mock those who are above them. The example Jude gives to illustrate this point however, must be one of the strangest remarks found in the Bible! In this study we explore what Jude was speaking of when he said: “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”.
The conclusion and point Jude is making is clear. God takes the issue of authority (and the respect we should show toward it) very seriously. Whether it be order in a nation… – Romans 13:1
JUDE VS 6-7
Jude wanted to write a letter of encouragement, but found himself compelled by the Holy Spirit to write a letter of warning. As Jesus had foretold in Matthew 13, 'tares' had grown up in the early Christian church and there was a very real danger the true wheat would become entangled and, as a result, fail to produce the harvest they were called to. Jude writes to warn that God does not just sit idly by when people turn from walking in His statutes.
Sadly, this was not a one-time only event, and as Paul warned in 1 Timothy 4:1, 'in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils'. Jude's message is as much for today as it was for the early church.
In verses 5, 6 and 7, Jude gives three examples to 'put us in remembrance' that we can remove ourselves from God's blessing, and just as with the Prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), we can forfeit our inheritance. Being 'saved' is not the cue to sit on our laurels and not care about how we live, although our salvation is secure in Christ, there is still much at stake.
Just as in Jude's first example of the Children of Israel, they were saved from the bondage of Egypt (analogous to our live in bondage to sin before we came to Christ), but then the entire generation that left Egypt failed to receive the inheritance God had promised on account of their unbelief. They were all destroyed by God in the wilderness over the next 38 years.
Chuck Missler, in his book, The Kingdom, Power & Glory states: "What we do ‘after we have been born again’ affects our role, position, place & authority in the coming Millennial Kingdom. This kingdom is not heaven, but a literal, physical kingdom on earth where Jesus will reign for 1000 years. We acknowledge this kingdom, but don’t know the criteria required to inherit it. The truth “that not only our “rewards,” but our place of responsibility in that kingdom is being determined now; thus, there is an urgent need for a renewed recognition of our personal accountability. We must learn to be “partakers of Christ’s Life”– these are called “overcomers” or “faithful ones”. Overcoming means “victory over hostile powers.” Jesus is the real Overcomer. The only way we become an overcomer is by yielding ourselves to Him. Overcomers are not ‘perfect;’ they are just ones who make the right choices to go God’s way. David is an example: All believers will enter the kingdom; but only overcomers will inherit that kingdom (Heb.3:14; Rom.8:17; Matt.24:43, 47). Overcomers” (the faithful ones) will rule and reign there; the “overtaken” will simply dwell there (Rev.21:7; Matt.7:21). The deciding factor is how we live our lives here."
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JUDE VS 1-5
This study of Jude vs 1-5 was taught by Pastor Barry on 7th February 2021 as part of Calvary Portsmouth’s on-line family service.
Jude wanted to write to believers to encourage them in their faith, but there was a problem. People claiming to be Christians were spreading false teaching and living worldly lives – and telling others it was ok to do so because they were now saved, so you can live as you like.
So instead of letter of encouragement, Jude writes this short letter to remind Christians that it does matter how you live. You cannot go around living however you please. God has bought you with a price (the highest price of all – the blood of His Son), so we are to ‘honor God with our bodies and spirits’ – see 1 Corinthians 6:20.
John's 3rd epistle is written to his close friend Gaius. Although we know little of Gaius, it is clear the bond between him and John was strong. But not for natural reasons; it wasn't that they just 'hit it off' or had things in common. That may all have been true, but this relationship was built on Christ. There is nothing more precious than friendship with a believer who stirs your heart toward Christ. Someone with whom the central topic of conversation is Jesus. Someone who ‘gets it’ and shares your passion for Christ, Someone who makes you want to be more like Jesus. That was evidently the bond between these two men.
John writes to encourage Gaius to continue showing love and hospitality to Christian preachers who would pass through, and who would need somewhere to stay for a few days. 'Hotels' in the first century were dangerous places, but John encourages Gaius to bless these brothers in Christ and so play his part in the furthering of the gospel. We all can do something to fulfil the Great Commission - to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19-20). You may not be called to the mission field; you may not see yourself as an evangelist (although that should never be used as an excuse to not share the gospel!), but you can support financially if you have the means, or like Gaius, show hospitality, or even simply pray! There is no excuse for doing nothing!
John also writes of another individual, Diotrephes. He had already rejected John's apostolic authority and had no time for visiting preachers - and even threw out anyone who tried to show love and support to them!
Some years ago my parents had arranged for evangelist Barry Smith to come and speak at a local leisure centre. He was a wonderful godly man with a passion to see souls saved and taught powerfully about the reality and imminence of the LORD's return. Hundreds of people attended (many were saved!). He was then due to speak at the local Anglican church on the Sunday evening. However, the minister of the Anglican church attended the Saturday night event and at the end of the evening stood up and declared "I'm not having that man speak in my church!" Diotrephes was just like that. He did not want anyone to come and teach in his church, he did not want anyone to question his authority or what he was teaching. In truth, both the Anglican minister (renowned for watering down and undermining the authority of scripture) and Diotrephes were afraid of a challenge to their position, their 'calling'.
But scripture tells us that perfect love casts out fear, and that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. If we are 'In Christ' we will have confidence in our calling, we will not fear man, for our trust will be in God. We will not be intent on defending ourselves or constantly trying to vindicate ourselves. It is not our ministry or our church, it's His!
Are you ordained? It's a question I've heard a number of times. But the question is not 'have you been ordained by men' but 'have you been ordained by God'! Gaius was clearly ordained of God, Diotrephes was not!
If we are ordained to ministry in Christ, if we are in His will (and that’s the key – to be in His will, not our own) we will know that He has called us (we will not be afraid if someone challenges us), He makes us stand (it's His Gospel not our agenda we are to proclaim), He sustains us (it is not our natural resources that we are relying on), He provides for us (it is not our education or wisdom that got us here in the first place!), He guides us (it is not our 5-step church-planting growth-plan that we are following!), He protects us and deals with all who would be against us. It is not our battle, it is His!
This teaching on 2nd John was given by pastor Barry Forder on 24th January 2021 as part of Calvary Chapel Portsmouth’s on-line family service.
In this study we consider a largely unconsidered possibility as to the intended recipient of this short but powerful letter.
Many assume John was writing to the Church in general, or possibly to the local congregation. Others suggest that an unknown lady, but evidently respected at that time, was whom John wrote to.
But there is another possibility, one that sheds light on why John would write this letter in the first place.
Again, many assume 2nd John to be largely a repetition of 1st John, but the Holy Spirit has no need to repeat Himself. Instead, this letter is full of life and significance – not only 2000 years ago, but also to us today.
May you be blessed and encouraged by this study.
1 JOHN CH5
In this final chapter, John writes to remind us of the solid foundation we have for our faith - namely Jesus Christ. God Himself testified at Christ's baptism and at the Cross that Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah, the One who can save people from their sins. He is perfect God and perfect man in one; God manifest in the flesh.
Because we know this truth (confirmed in our hearts by the holy Spirit) we also have assurance of eternal life - an eternal life we (as Christians) are already living now!
John again exhorts us to keep His commandments, which we will do naturally if we love Him.
In this study we also address the subject of the authority of the Bible as God's complete word to mankind. There has been centuries of controversy over verse 7 & 8, with many claiming that verse 8 in particular is a later addition, not found in the 'most reliable', or 'most authoritative' manuscripts. The NIV study Bible claims that it is not found in any manuscript before the 16th century! The vindication for verse 8 comes not from the early Christian writes who quoted it (or which there were many), nor from the early manuscripts (of which there are enough to convince any honest enquirer), rather the vindication comes from a early 2nd century sceptic who wrote a satirical work - within 50 years of John's letter - in which he uses 1 John 5:7-8 as his source - thus demonstrating it was part of the original text as written by John.
Why is this important? Because as Irwin H. Linton said;
“The infallibility of the record upon which rest the eternal essentials of our faith – the deity of Christ, His voluntary, atoning death, bodily resurrection and impending return in power and glory – are all rendered uncertain in a mind in which the accuracy of the Bible record is in doubt.”
We should be in no doubt that what we read in scripture (as long as we are using a good translation) is what God had preserved so that we, through the patience and comfort of the scripture, might have an unwavering and unshakeable hope!
Just as John had previously told us that God is light, he concludes his letter by telling us that Jesus is also Life. Eternal life is in Jesus.
This is why John writes, that we might know we have eternal life, and that life is in God's Son.
May you be encouraged and blessed by this study.