In The Word
Read: Jude 17-25
A Call to Persevere
17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold.18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation
Walking In The Word
Jude reveals three people that we must continually focus on. The first are people in the world who will reject God and mock our faith. We are to ignore their message and hate their ungodly lifestyle, while at the same time love them and do everything within our power to save them from eternal destruction. If we do not share the gospel message with them, then they may never have an opportunity to turn away from their sin to God. And we will never share the gospel message if we hate them.
The next group is ourselves. “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 (Jude 20-21).” We must be diligent to stay strong in the Lord and have the Kingdom of God mindset to stay near to God and far away from the world’s ways.
The third person is Yahshua, who is the only way we will stay strong in our faith and not get stained by the world. “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord… (Jude 24-25)” We will never survive or succeed by our own strength, but only by the power of Yahshua through His Holy Spirit.