- Believers are: called,
loved, and kept by Jesus Christ. The ungodly described in Jude on the
other hand have given license to immorality and had denied the sovereignty
of Jesus Christ.
- Like Peter, Jude makes
clear from Old Testament example that the judgment of God is something
that cannot be avoided. The judgment of God is certain to come upon the
world in the future with the same power that it had come upon the world in
the past. There is no escaping the consequences of disobedience to the
- If Jude and Peter were
still referring to the stories of Noah, Cain, and Enoch to prove their
case then we should still be referring to the stories of scripture to
prove our case for salvation. While the times change there really is
nothing new under the sun. The same acts of disobedience of the days of
Noah are prevalent among our society today. One should take no shame is
standing upon God’s Word.
Yes, we can use modern day illustrations and tell modern day parables, but we cannot compromise on the message the timeless message of scripture.
- We need to avoid ‘natural’
solutions at all cost and rely solely on the leading of the Holy Spirit as
we confront the dangers inherent in our culture. In doing so we will be
sheltered by the mercy of God.
- We need to show mercy to everyone and do all that we can to communicate the message of God’s impending judgment upon this world. We should do so in an attempt to ‘snatch some from the fire’. Those that refuse to listen we should continue to show mercy to because we never know when God might touch their heart. Yet, we must be very careful to not allow the things of this world to rub off on us. While we must proclaim the message with mercy and grace we must be very careful to not think for one moment that we can rub off our goodness upon others. The opposite will happen. Jude makes it clear that people wearing clean clothes do not make those wearing stained clothing clean by rubbing up against them. The opposite is true. The clean run the risk of becoming stained!