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The Price of Rebellion

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The Price of Rebellion

Jude 5-7
5Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.  6And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day – 7just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursue unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of fire.

The Story: That “although you once fully knew” was intended to sting. The people had been properly taught the doctrines of Christ, salvation, and discipleship. But they had not held these great truths firmly, and now they were in danger of being led away into a licentious lifestyle in the name of grace! Note that Jude acknowledges Jesus – the Word of God – as the Redeemer of Israel from Egypt. He also comments on the “binding” of Satan (Matt. 12:22-29). Neither angels nor apparent Israelites escaped the discipline of the Lord when they transgressed His ways. Why should these believers think anything had changed? The reference to Sodom and Gomorrah and the “sexual immorality” and “unnatural desire” which brought about their destruction should jump out at modern readers, particularly those who are members of churches and denominations which have felt free to set aside such words as these and to allow the spirit of the age to creep into their views of sexuality and marriage. in their care (Acts 20:28-32). Jesus Who saves sinners brings rebels and false teachers to condemnation. Don’t fail to understand this.

The Structure: We are not accustomed to being warned about the Lord’s power to discipline and judge His people, even though the writer of Hebrews insisted He will certainly do so (Heb. 12:3-11). We need to be “reminded” that God is not simply merciful, gracious, and forgiving. He is also holy, righteous, and just. In His Law He has spelled out the terms of goodness He requires of His Kingdom citizens (cf. Rom. 7:12; Matt. 5:17-19; 1 Jn. 2:1-6). If we willfully ignore His instructions or, worse, rationalize our way around them, we should not be surprised if He accosts us along the way by some act of discipline or chastisement. He loves His people too much to allow them to wander endlessly along the paths of sin.

Does your church practice church discipline? Ask some of the leaders of your church about this. What role does church discipline play in helping to keep your congregation within the parameters of God’s truth and love?


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