|What to Do?|
The Story: Jude is not happy to see people come under condemnation. But he speaks firmly about this matter in order to shock folks to sensibleness. How do we resist false teaching? First, study the words of the Apostles, as well as all the rest of Scripture. Build yourself up in the faith once for all delivered to the faith, so that you know the doctrinal parameters of orthodox belief and practice. Second, do not associate with those who are open in rebellion against the Lord, lest you be stained by their practices and views. Third, stand firm in the love of God and the mercy of our Lord, and proclaim the grace of Christ to everyone. Even those who are about to launch themselves into eternal flames deserve our best efforts at recalling them from their chosen doom. Finally, pray in the Holy Spirit. Only the Spirit of God can give new life, convict of sin, instruct us in the proper way, and empower us to live for Christ. We need to seek Him earnestly and continuously in prayer. Without His help, nothing we might do will be able to restore the Church to her strength in the Lord.
The Structure: In spite of his harsh words and seemingly angry tone, Jude is filled with love for the rebellious. He wants us to show such love as well. But we must not mistake love for tolerance. True love is like Jude’s love: It confronts when necessary, warns when appropriate, condemns according to the teaching of Christ (Jn. 7:24), and calls the rebellious to repentance and faith in Christ. True love never gives up, even on the most hardened.
What is your church’s approach to reaching the people in your community with the Good News of Christ and His Kingdom? Are you showing the kind of urgency Jude commands in these verses?
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