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Jude


BC Weekly Digest
Monday, May 8 2000

In this issue:

	Jude 1:16-19
	Jude 1:17
	Jude 1:17-19
	Jude 1:20-25
	Jude 1:20,21
	Jude 1:22,23
	Jude 1:24,25

Jude 1:16-19

Jude 1:16-19 (ASV)
16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their 
lusts (and their mouth speaketh great swelling [words]), 
showing respect of persons for the sake of advantage.
17 But ye, beloved, remember ye the words which have been 
spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18 That they said to you, In the last time there shall be 
mockers, walking after their own ungodly lusts.
19 These are they who make separations, sensual, having 
not the Spirit.

Comments by Howard Justice

*1:16 "These are murmurers, complainers, walking after 
their lusts (and their mouth speaketh great swelling 
[words]), showing respect of persons for the sake of 
advantage."
  These false brethren are murmurers, they are whisperers, 
they are those who spread misinformation called gossip. 
They are troublemakers.
  In many congregations there are those who constantly 
complain about almost anything. Either the sermon is too 
long or the seats are too hard or the temperature is too 
hot or too cool. They are never satisfied. If they were 
constructive, they could both contribute to and benefit 
from the service. But these people never seem to stop 
complaining. Many of them exaggerate most everything so 
that they make mountains out of a molehills, so to speak.
  They do this in many cases to excuse themselves by 
tearing down someone else. A hyper-critical, complaining 
attitude is an expression of arrogance. A discerning 
believer can see through the smokescreen, however.

*1:17 "But ye, beloved, remember ye the words which have 
been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus 
Christ."
  Jude encourages his readers to remember those true 
things taught by the Savior through the apostles. That is 
what matters, not the words of these pompous ingrates.
  Many congregations have such "discouragers" in their 
midst, but we are to ignore them.
  When I was a young boy, I saw a sign in a donut shop 
that read. "As you travel through life, brother, whatever 
be your goal, keep your eye upon the donut, and not on the 
hole."
  Jude reminds us that Christ means more than everything 
else. Therefore, let us hear Him.

*1:18 "That they said to you, In the last time there shall 
be mockers, walking after their own ungodly lusts."
  This reference to the apostles' prophecy is intriguing. 
Perhaps this refers to 2 Peter 3:1-7 or 1 Timothy 4:1-4. 
Or Jude might be referring to this teaching in general.
  The Galatian and Corinthian churches had already 
experienced corruption of the truth, and Paul upbraided 
both congregations for being led astray. Later, in the 
Revelation to John, Jesus upbraids several of the seven 
churches of Asia Minor for having left their first love, 
for having rebellious members, etc.

*1:19 "These are they who make separations, sensual, 
having not the Spirit."
  These men, who led precious souls astray by their great 
swelling words, also caused separations (divisions) in the 
local congregations. Why? Because they did not have the 
binding approval of the Holy Spirit. They appealed to the 
carnal desires of man, rather than the word of God.
  They were unspiritual, unauthorized men who claimed to 
be apostles, prophets or popular men among the brethren. 
Their tactics were to become "loved" or preferred over the 
faithful ones, in an attempt to sway others. Through their 
high-sounding words, flattery and religious patronage, 
they were dangerous, hidden rocks that could shipwreck the 
faith of God's children (1 Tim 1:19). For this, they can 
expect the harshest judgment from God, total banishment in 
an eternally burning hell.
Howard Justice

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Jude 1:17

Jude 1:17
"But ye, beloved, remember ye the words which have been
spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Comments by J Lee Roberts

 Scripture contains many predictions of future events. Through
the prophet Isaiah God reminded His people that He knows the
future and declares things before they take place (Isaiah 14:24;
42:9;46:10;48:5).
 Hundreds of events relating to Christ were foretold by the Old
Testament prophets. In his defense Stephen said these prophets
had announced beforehand Christ's coming, his betrayal  and
death (Acts 7:52). Paul states that these prophecies about
Jesus have all been fulfilled (Acts 13:27-33). Luke records the 
words of Christ Himself when he tells his apostles that 
"everything that is written [of me] ... will be accomplished"
(Luke 18:31-34;24:25-27,44-47).
 Jesus actually told his apostles in advance that all these things
would happen to Him, but they would not understand until after
His resurrection (Luke 24:6-8; John 13:19; 14:26,29).Jesus then 
reminded his apostles that it was to their advantage that He go
away in order that the Holy Spirit could come to reveal to them 
all Truth and "things to come" (John 14:26; 16:6-13).
 Through the Holy Spirit this Truth was preached on Pentecost
by the apostles and obeyed by the 3000 penitent listeners.
These faithful followers continued in the apostles' teaching
(Acts 2:33-43).
 In our text, Jude reminds his readers to heed what the apostles
had taught and to remember their warnings about those who
would reject the instructions of the "faith once for all delivered
to the saints".
J Lee Roberts

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Jude 1:17-19

Jude 1:17-19 (ASV)
17 But ye, beloved, remember ye the words which have been
spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18 That they said to you, In the last time there shall be
mockers, walking after their own ungodly lusts.
19 These are they who make separations, sensual, having 
not the Spirit.

Comments by William Booth

*1:17 "But ye, beloved, remember ye the words which have 
been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus 
Christ."
  By calling them 'beloved', Jude is acknowledging a close
relationship with these Christians and a concern for them 
out of love.
  He is asking them to 'remember' words spoken by the
apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. Since no specific 
passage is mentioned by Jude, he is evidently referring to 
the teachings of the apostles in general.
  Jude was inspired by the Holy Spirit and was given 
information, such as that concerning Moses (verse 9) and 
Enoch (verse 14).
  Some have questioned whether the book of Jude should be 
in our Bible because of his statements about Enoch and 
Moses which cannot be 'exactly' identified within the 
pages of Scripture. This objection is not valid, however, 
since inspired writers can provide additional information 
not included previously.

*1:18 "That they said to you, In the last time there shall 
be mockers, walking after their own ungodly lusts."
  One way to identify false teachers is to look at their 
fruits! They would be 'mockers'! Here the word mocker is 
used as a noun, being descriptive of the attitude of these 
false teachers. They would scoff at the true words of the 
apostles and even of the Lord, by declaring they were more 
knowledgeable, had greater wisdom, and their words were 
the truth. All of this would be accomplished for their own 
selfish desires, their own personal gain.
  This is a sad commentary on some in the church today. 
They depart from the truth of the Bible by changing the 
words and meanings to suit their own lustful desires. They 
make 'loose' translations and 'soft soap' the words within 
the pages of God's Word. Some so-called Bible translations 
even use profanity which they 'justify' by saying it is 
the language of people today.
  We must remember the words of God Himself in Isaiah 
55:8,9 (ASV) "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, 
neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah. For as the 
heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher 
than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
  Jeremiah says in Jeremiah 10:23 (ASV), "O Jehovah, I 
know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in 
man that walketh to direct his steps." We should use the 
Bible as our only guide, and believe it to be inspired of 
God, and the 'last Word' given by God to man.

*1:19 These are they who make separations, sensual, having 
not the Spirit.
  Jude is reminding them  that they should already have 
been prepared to identify these false teachers. Making 
divisions within the church facilitates all kinds of 
difficulties, dissension, hate, prejudice, caste 
separations, departures from the truth, following after 
men, and confusion.
  'Sensual' means they exalt their own selfish interests 
and desires above everything and everyone else. It will 
usually be for personal gain, to place themselves in the 
'chief seats'. These false teachers believed they were so 
exalted that they were above sin and could do whatever 
they desired; they were worldly and did not have the Holy 
Spirit.
William Booth

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Jude 1:20-25

Jude 1:20-25 (ASV)
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most 
holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the 
mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And on some have mercy, who are in doubt;
23 and some save, snatching them out of the fire; and on 
some have mercy with fear; hating even the garment spotted 
by the flesh.
24 Now unto him that is able to guard you from stumbling, 
and to set you before the presence of his glory without 
blemish in exceeding joy,
25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our 
Lord, [be] glory, majesty, dominion and power, before all 
time, and now, and for evermore. Amen.

Comments by Howard Justice

*1:20 "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your 
most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit"
  Jude now turns the conversation toward these Christians 
by telling them that they were to be about the business of 
building up (edifying) each other. They were to be built 
upon their faith, which serves as the foundation of 
religion. He makes note that the building up requires a 
constant and sound prayer life. Without prayer, the 
troubles of this life would soon overwhelm each of us. 
This is why we are commanded to "pray without ceasing."
  Of course this does not mean, as some have erroneously 
indicated, that one is to go around constantly with his 
hands placed together and head bowed in a prayerful 
posture. It means that a Christian should develop an 
ongoing plan to talk with God each day, as many times as 
possible.

*1:21 "Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the 
mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life"
  Keeping oneself in the love of God presupposes that one 
is already there. That being the case, each Christian is 
to so conduct his life so that he can be assured that he 
still enjoys the good grace of God. This can only be 
accomplished by faithfully doing what God has commanded.
  When we have done that which He has commanded, we can 
have assurance that we are going to receive the promised 
eternal life with Christ in the hereafter (2 Timothy 4:8).

*1:22 "And on some have mercy, who are in doubt"
  Regarding those "who are in doubt" the King James 
states: "making a difference." This seems to indicate that 
there are some whom we may know are simply mixed up 
regarding sin and remain sincere in searching for truth. 
To these, we are to show leniency, love and compassion in 
our attempts to save them. In Galatians 6:1-2, Paul tells 
us that we are to bear each other's burdens but that in 
doing so, we are to be well aware of the danger of losing 
ourselves in the same thing. Thus these brethren here in 
Jude were somewhat more deeply involved but could be 
turned toward the truth by love, kindness, compassion and 
sincerity. To this we must add the truth and nothing but 
the truth.

*1:23 "And some save, snatching them out of the fire; and 
on some have mercy with fear; hating even the garment 
spotted by the flesh"
  Again, Jude makes another classification of those who 
are lost. In this case (which appears to be more involved 
than those of verse 22) they were to snatch them out of 
the fire. This fire was the all consuming fire of error 
that can sear one's mind to the point that he is 
irretrievably lost. On others all one can have is 
compassion because they are eternally lost and refuse to 
repent.
  What is inferred by the above passages is that there are 
varying degrees of departure into sin. All sin results in 
one's separation from God. But one can move so far away 
from God that it is extremely difficult to return.
  We need a full prayer life to restore ourselves with 
God's help. And just as we are to keep ourselves in the 
proper state, we are to also help those who have drifted 
from shore. Some have drifted farther than others and 
some, though we constantly see them, are so far adrift 
that we cannot help them.
  Though we are to love the precious souls, we are to show 
disgust toward the garment of sin that enwraps precious 
souls and causes them to be lost. Instead, we are to be 
clothed in His righteousness (Galatians 3:27).

*1:24 "Now unto him that is able to guard you from 
stumbling, and to set you before the presence of his glory 
without blemish in exceeding joy"
  This reference is to our great and matchless Savior, 
Jesus, the Anointed One. He is able to keep us from 
stumbling as long as we follow His commandments (John 
8:51,52). Because we are "kept" in the fold of God, we are 
able to use the forgiveness of God to wash away any 
blemish that we may pick up on our journey. This is the 
power of forgiveness that comes through prayer (1 John 
1:9-10). Such ready forgiveness should make all Christians 
exceedingly joyful.

*1:25 "To the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ 
our Lord, [be] glory, majesty, dominion and power, before 
all time, and now, and for evermore. Amen."
  It is God alone (God the Father, God the Son and God the 
Holy Spirit) who deserves the praises of men. Why? 
Because, having known from the beginning that many would 
turn away from God, He still chose to create man so that 
anyone who chose to love God would please God. Therefore, 
we have the opportunity and the power to become "sons of 
God" (John 1:12). Amen.
Howard Justice

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Jude 1:20,21

Jude 1:20,21 (ASV)
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most
holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the 
mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Comments by William Booth

*1:20 "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your 
most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit"
  Jude now turns to the process of building them up,
giving them confidence to overcome. He gives them two
pieces of advice:
     (1) build up yourselves on your most holy faith, and
     (2) pray in the Holy Spirit.
  In various Scriptures, Jesus, Paul, Peter, and John tell 
us to "put on" things, to "rejoice," to "pray often," 
"encourage one another," "be strong," "study," "sing 
praises," "exhort," etc. All of this and much more is for 
the benefit of growing stronger and being able to 
withstand the "fiery darts" of the evil one or his evil 
deceivers.
  Jude gives them hope, reminding them that not all is 
lost: "build yourselves up" and "pray"  talk to God. He 
will listen and the Holy Spirit, our comforter, will help.
  These things are all part of being a Christian  
learning, growing, preaching and defending.
  Jude is an impressive writer, he gives them their first 
bit of encouragement by calling them 'brothers'. Not all 
is lost, there is hope, so build yourselves up and do not 
be deceived.

*1:21 "Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the 
mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life"
  Jude continues his encouragement by telling them to keep 
themselves in the love of God. In John 14:15 Jesus said, 
"If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments." We show our 
love for God by our obedience to His word  not by 
superficially following a checklist, but by obeying out of 
love for God and His Son Jesus Christ, our Redeemer.
  He then says they can do this by looking to Jesus where 
there is mercy and eternal life.
William Booth

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Jude 1:22,23

Jude 1:22,23 (ASV)
22 And on some have mercy, who are in doubt;
23 and some save, snatching them out of the fire; and on
some have mercy with fear; hating even the garment spotted
by the flesh.

Comments by William Booth

*1:22,23 "And on some have mercy, who are in doubt; and 
some save, snatching them out of the fire; and on some 
have mercy with fear; hating even the garment spotted by 
the flesh."
  Jesus said in John 13:34,35 "A new commandment I give
unto you, that ye love one another; even as I have loved 
you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men 
know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to 
another." Jude is continuing his exhortations to his 
readers because of this 'love one another' commandment of 
the Lord. These false teachers have no love for the church 
as a whole, nor for its individual members. Some either 
have been swayed by the false teachers, or are being 
swayed. Here is the big test of the love Jesus referred to 
in John 13 (see also: John 15:12, 17; 1 Thess. 4:9; 1 Pet. 
1:22; 1 John 3:11, 23; 4:7, 11, 12; and 2 John 5). Even 
though some have turned or were turning, love was to be 
shown.
  Jude indicates that some are so far gone there is little 
hope for their return, but Jude says you must still have 
'mercy' on them. There are others that you will be able to 
save, but you will have to do it quickly (snatch them out 
of the fire).
  Hating the garment spotted by the flesh refers to the 
sin which so easily besets us (Heb. 12:1), not the 
individual. Individuals are made in the image of God 
(Gen. 1:26). Helping one another should be done out of 
love, with mercy and with fear (Gal. 6:1,2), and with 
care!
William Booth

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Jude 1:24,25

Jude 1:24,25 (ASV)
24 Now unto him that is able to guard you from stumbling,
and to set you before the presence of his glory without
blemish in exceeding joy,
25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our
Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and power, before all
time, and now, and for evermore. Amen.

Comments by William Booth

*1:24 "Now unto him that is able to guard you from 
stumbling, and to set you before the presence of his glory 
without blemish in exceeding joy"
  With a little discipline, you need to give some love;
when there is a little bitterness, life needs to be 
sweetened with honey; and always move from sorrow to joy. 
This is the message between the lines in this wonderful 
letter to Jude.
  In the first 23 verses Jude seems to paint a picture of 
doom for his readers; but, not all is lost. As he has 
admonished his readers to keep themselves in the love of 
God in verse 21, he now gives the confidence they (and we) 
need  that God is able (and willing) to keep them from 
falling (as Jesus prayed in John 17:12-15). With just a 
few words he instills this confidence in them by reminding 
them of the cleansing blood of Jesus (Romans 7:1-7a) when
he said, 'present you without blemish' (Ephesians 5:27; 
Colossians 1:22,23; 1 Peter 1:16-19; and 2 Peter 3:14).
  He also says, 'before the presence of his glory'.
What was lost in the Garden of Eden, being in the
presence of God, can now occur through Jesus. Because
of Jesus' blood, making them (and us) spotless and
blameless, we will be able to be in the presence of
the glory of God. And then here comes the honey,
'with joy.' Oh what wonderful words (James 1:1-4) for
a life of faithful endurance. The promise of
forgiveness of sin, the removing of guilt, God's love
exemplified through Jesus, a 'home prepared', no more
tears, no more suffering (Revelation 22:1-7). Jude is
telling them 'there is light at the end of the tunnel.'

*1:25 "To the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ
our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and power, before
all time, and now, and for evermore. Amen."
  Even through all of Paul's imprisonments, beatings,
sufferings, shipwrecks, life and death situations, he
'knew' of Jesus' promise for eternal life. In all of
this, Paul could always find time to give God the glory.
Jude tells them to remember from whence their salvation
came  from God through Jesus! When Jesus was on the
earth, he always did everything for the Glory of God.
Jude is giving them confidence that they will conquer
through the blood of Jesus, because of the love of God.
That God is still in control, and will be in control,
'forever.' Amen  'so be it!"
William Booth