This is one of those weeks where my notes are incomplete. Listening is better than reading.
We are going to study verses 20-23 of Jude today. First of all, I mentioned last week that that would be the last of the bad news for this series. Jude was continuing to describe the character traits of those people in the church that we are to contend against. Remember what he says in verse 4 that certain people have crept into the church, and have perverted the grace of God into sensuality, and deny our only master and Lord Jesus Christ. My hope last week was that each and every one of us would walk away from that sermon with the realization that we too may be capable of that same thing. My prayer was that the Holy Spirit would break our hearts and humble us. Realizing that the root of the sin addressed here is pride, and that we all are guilty of that. That we all have times when we say to God, “no thanks, I’ll do this my way.” My hope for that sermon was a humility that is born out of conviction. A humility that is required for us if we are going to do what he tells us to do in these verses today. Because, if you are never broken by your sin and convicted of your pride, you will never be in a position to receive grace. This truth is so important that it is in Proverbs, and them cited in James, and 1 Peter 5:5. “God opposes that proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
So, if you were convicted of grumbling, or boasting or scoffing last week, and you realize that the root of those actions is pride, and you feel broken by it, you are in the right place to receive today’s message.
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garmentfn stained by the flesh.
Now, first thing I want to do it to remind you that he again calls the recipients of this letter Beloved. If you think back t the first sermon it was on how Christians are: called, loved and kept. tHis is important for us to remember that if you have been convicted of your grumbling, boasting, or scoffing, that is very old evidence that you are beloved of God, because He is the one who has shown that to you.
So the Big Idea for today is the exhortation that we Keep ourselves in the love of God.
To do this we must remember the Gospel!