October 25

The “sons of God” went and married women of men. Jude and II. Peter discuss the punishment of these fallen angels who did not keep their own domain. But, in Genesis 6 God indicates that the human race was so corrupt and sinful that He would judge them and wipe them off the face of the earth. In essence, He is not only punishing their wickedness, but their wholescale submission to demonic forces.

  • Jude 1:17-23 But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. And have mercy on some, who are doubting;And have mercy on some, who are doubting; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.
  1. Remember, Jesus stated, “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.” (Matthew 24:37). Even today we see people submitting to doctrines of demons, and to the authority of Satan’s kingdom. He is fighting on every front.
  2. Jude tells us that in those days we will see mockers who follow after their ungodly wrongful desires. Look around you for we see Jesus being mocked more and more. We see the church being mocked for standing on God’s Word, for standing for biblical marriage, for teaching that Jesus is the only way to the Father. We see the Bible being mocked for being “homophobic” (in fact, Sir Ian McKellen, the famous British actor and homosexual, calls the Levitical laws “pornography” and when staying at a hotel, he rips all the anti-homosexual passages out of the Gideons Bible in the night stand).
  3. And, look at the news. Notice that the divisions in our society, whether political, ideological, moral, you name it, are being fueled by our rebellious and wicked, anti-God generation which continually exalts its own quest for deification and hates the Jesus of humility and submission. Sadly, many of these people also populate churches all across the globe, disrupting Christ’s mission, distracting people away from doctrine, advancing fleshly appetites.
  • “I believe that one reason why the church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church.”—Charles Spurgeon
  1. But, Jude admonishes his readers to build their faith (and Paul says in Romans 10:17 that “faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”). We need to be in the Word, praying in the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), staying in the love of God and looking forward to Christ’s glorious appearing bringing us to eternal life with Him.
  2. Lastly, Jude tells us to be on mission, lovingly, yet firmly. We are to patiently encourage the doubting, to yank others out of the fire, and to carefully reach those whose fleshly lives may negatively influence us.
  • “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped around their knees. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let no one go unwarned or unprayed for.”—Charles Spurgeon
  1. Let’s end this week thinking of some unsaved people that we love, that need the Gospel yet again, and that need our prayers: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    1. Pray for each one by name right now.
    2. Look for opportunities to give them the Gospel where they’re at. That’s what Jude was talking about. Each is in a different place and needs our love, but most importantly, the Gospel.
  2. Let us watch ourselves lest we fall into the same sins and temptations plaguing our world—no one is immune. It was once stated that you can’t live in the world and not get tainted by it. You need to keep your guard up, and your Armor of God in force.
    1. Confess any sin areas you have right now that need to be brought to the Lord.
    2. Ask for His strengthening and resilience.
  3. Now, pray for each other. Your church family has weak people, struggling people, hurting people, younger in the faith people, people with challenges and pressures that you may or may not be aware of. Think of as many members that you can recall and pray for each one by name, and for God’s comfort and strength in their lives as well.
  • “Intercessory prayer is exceedingly prevalent. What wonders it has wrought! The Word of God teems with its marvelous deeds. Believer, thou hast a mighty engine in thy hand, use it well, use it constantly, use it with faith, and thou shalt surely be a benefactor to thy brethren.—Charles Spurgeon