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Thursday, March 21 2013
Jude: Ungodly Men Who Turn Grace Into Lawlessness
"To them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ"
"Jude" and "Judas" are abbreviated forms of the name of the Israelite patriarch Judah (see Who Were The First Jews?). There were two men named Jude / Judas among the twelve apostles - one righteous, the other a traitor.
"6:16 And Judas the brother of James [see Righteous Judas], and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor [see Did Judas Iscariot Repent?]." (Luke 6:16 KJV)
Another Jude / Judas with a brother named James (James is an English form of Jacob) recorded in the Holy Scriptures was the youngest brother (sons were customarily recorded from eldest to youngest i.e. "James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas") of Jesus Christ (see The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth).
"13:55 Is not this the carpenter's son? [see Joseph Of Nazareth] is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 13:56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? 13:57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country [see also The Cities Of Lake Galilee], and in his own house." (Matthew 13:55-57 KJV)
The author of the epistle by Jude was a "brother of James." Biblical historians have long-debated which of the above men that it was, if not yet another - Judah and Jacob, with their variations, were common names due to the fame and significance of the original patriarchs by those names (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Jacob's Family, Where Jacob Became Israel and Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah).
"1:1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
"Ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness ... denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ"
Some deny Jesus Christ by saying that He isn't the Messiah. Others deny Jesus Christ, even while claiming to be Christians, by rebelliously denying the requirement to obey what He actually taught and commanded (see also the Fact Finder question below).
"1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints [see Faithful Doers Of The Word]. 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [see Grace Into Licentiousness], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ [see The Kingdom Of The LORD God]." (Jude 1:3-4 KJV)
The Passover sacrifice, whether the original object-lesson prophecy at the time of the Exodus, or the actual Sacrifice of the Lamb of God, was (and is) valid only for those who accepted (or accept) it - by obeying the LORD: "the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not."
"1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not [see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners]. 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." (Jude 1:5-7 KJV)
Jude identified "the LORD God" of the Exodus as Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul stated the same reality in his first epistle to the Corinthians i.e. "that Rock was Christ." So too, "Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents."
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ [see Who Is The LORD? and Israel In History and Prophecy: Law Of The LORD].
The greatest threat to true Christians are those who have fallen away from the Truth. The first to do so was Satan.
"1:8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion [see Satan's Fall: From Conservative To Liberal], and speak evil of dignities. 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. 1:10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves." (Jude 1:8-10 KJV)
"Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life"
"Gainsaying" has become the norm in what calls itself "Christianity" today. Very often, preachers are hired to preach, not the Truth, but whatever falsely "uplifting" trash that their "employers" demand them to spew from their pulpits (see Is Your Religion Your Religion?).
"1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward [see The Miracle Of The Talking Jenny], and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
True Christianity was not a new religion, or a breakaway religion from Israel; it was and is what Jesus Christ originally gave to Israel (again, see Who Is The LORD?).
"1:17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time [see The Mocker's Folly], who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
The "Word of God," the written Holy Scriptures and the Messiah (see What Does Word of God Mean To You?) is the only Way to Salvation.
"1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 1:25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever [see The Church In The Kingdom Of God]. Amen." (Jude 1:24-25 KJV)
Studies For The Book Of Jude
Fact Finder: What are the ways that God's Name is blasphemed?
This Day In History, March 21
537: The Siege of Rome: King Vitiges attempted to assault the northern and eastern city walls, but was driven back at the Praenestine Gate, known as the Vivarium, by the defenders under the Byzantine generals Bessas and Peranius.
717: The Battle of Vincy; Charles Martel fought Chilperic and Ragenfrid.
1152: The annulment of the marriage of King Louis VII of France and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine.
1188: Emperor Antoku acceded to the throne of Japan.
1413: Henry V became King of England.
1556: At Oxford, Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was burned at the stake as a heretic.
1788: New Orleans, Louisiana, was nearly completely destroyed by fire.
1800: After being driven out of Rome during a rebellion, Pius VII was crowned Pope in Venice with a temporary papal tiara made of papier-mache.
1801: The Battle of Alexandria was fought between British and French forces near the ruins of Nicopolis in Egypt.
1804: The French civil code, the Code Napoleon, was proclaimed.
1844: The date set by "Adventist" founder William Miller for the day of Christ's return; when his prediction failed, he set a new date, October 22 1844, which also failed, becoming known as "the Great Disappointment" (see also When The Final Countdown Will Begin).
1857: An earthquake in Tokyo, Japan killed over 100,000 people.
1871: German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck opened the first Reichstag (Parliament) in the First German Reich (see also Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).
1871: Welsh journalist Henry Morton Stanley began his famous journey to find the Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone (Dr. Livingstone, I presume?").
1917: Czar Nicholas II and his family were arrested by communist revolutionary forces in Russia.
1918: The Second Battle of the Somme, the last German offensive of the First World War, began (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1927: Nationalist Chinese forces of Chiang Kai-shek took the city of Shanghai; communist forces and local warlords fled before they arrived.
1963: Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay was closed.
1973: John Dean's "there's a cancer on the presidency" meeting with Richard Nixon.
1980: President Jimmy Carter announced that the U.S. Olympic team would not participate in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow as a protest against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The U.S. itself thereafter invaded Afghanistan in 2001.
1990: Namibia became independent after 75 years of South African rule.