AShiningLight: Sabbath Greetings: Discernment
Jude 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:
Jude is directly addressing the “Called Out” of the New Covenant! This Jude is the brother of James and both are the brothers of Jesus. Jude, James and Joses were the physical sons of Mary and knew and were closer to Jesus than any others. That makes this message from Jude and the message from James very insightful.
2Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
3Beloved, 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 [Truth of sound doctrine] which was once delivered unto the saints [In the Holy Scriptures].
Jude tells us that we must earnestly contend for, and to VIGOROUSLY FIGHT FOR the sound doctrine of Holy Scripture especially in this latter day when love of the truth has grown cold.
Our faith and salvation are under very strong and subtle attack. We need to remember Satan’s subtlety in the garden, where sin was made so desirable in appearance and the logic to partake seemed so reasonable; that Eve was tempted to obey Satan [have faith in Satan] instead of obeying and having faith [trusting] in God.
Our faith in God and the Sound Doctrine of Almighty God the Father is under attack! through the temptation to take the easy way; through the temptation to sit back and let others work out our salvation for us; through the temptation to just sit back and depend on the institution, or the leader; instead of making a personal diligent effort to grow in knowledge and understanding. We are being tempted to follow someone or some organization, instead of being diligently faithful to our God. “Just do what the elder says and you have it made” is the mantra of the day. Personal responsibility has been replaced with relying on men instead of relying on the God of Our Salvation and our personal relationship with him.
This situation was ordained from old to TEST to see if we are fit for the resurrection to eternal life!
4For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace [Turning the mercy of God for teh sincerely repentant into a license to continue in sin.] of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God [Denying the authority of the commandments of God, by using his name to justify sin], and our Lord Jesus Christ.
It was ordained from the beginning that God would allow wicked men to enter into the congregations to TEST his people. Ungodly wicked men who would pervert the grace of God into a license to continue in sin. Who would say “God is love” and he will forgive us if we fudge on what we do the Sabbath or in compromising with any commandment; for he understands and loves us. Who teach the oxymoron: “Yes keep the commandments, but tolerate sin as well.” Who teach the lie that once baptized we enter a state of grace where willful sins are tolerated.
Yes, God is love; therefore he will not excuse or tolerate continued sin.
Yes, God is love and he will rejoice at every sinner who truly repents and CHANGES his ways, becoming a zealous DOER of the commandments. God loves the sinner and that is precisely why he will NOT tolerate sin; because sin destroys the sinner whom God loves.
The Eternal is sifting his people! Christ wants to know who he can trust to obey him and his Father, zealously; regardless of the temptation to do otherwise. God is watching us and selecting those who HE wants to be a part of a faithful, loving, cooperative, supportive and yes, Obedient Wife; for himself.
The Father and the Son want to know: if they can trust us? Will we love and cherish them beyond all else, and above anyone and anything else?
The Pearl of Great Price is well worth fighting against wickedness and contending for, sacrificing for, and even suffering for! As Daniel’s friends said: Our God can save us; and if he chooses not to [physically]; we shall gladly die serving him and NO other!
5I 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.
We have forgotten God’s Power and his Mighty Strength, and make excuses for our sins instead of relying on that Great Power. It is easier to make excuses than it is to have FAITH in the “Mighty One Who Inhabits Eternity!” We have been focusing on our troubles and on the men and organizations that we adore as our idols; and have lost sight of our Great God!
We have been zealous for corporate idols, and have not been focusing on the Eternal! We have obeyed the corporate leaders as if they were speaking with God’s mouth; and have lost sight of God. We have allowed men and corporations to come between us and God the Father, Mighty King of the Universe; and so have lost our faith in him.
These men have used the word “God” to get brethren to focus on themselves, to aggrandize and enrich themselves; or to teach their own words and ways in place of God’s sound doctrine! They have not focused the brethren on the Eternal; Therefore we have lost our faith in him and our faith is in others.
We buy food and drink on Sabbath because some man said it was all right. Is man God? that we should obey him and not the scriptures? Will some man judge us in place of Almighty God judging us out of God’s Books?
Acts 4:19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
Jude 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.
7Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication [pornea, all disloyalty including the spiritual disloyalty from our espoused Husband], and going after strange flesh [Following after the false traditions of men and not following the whole Word of our espoused Husband], are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. [These physical sins are a type of our spiritual adulteries against our LORD by following and tolerating false ways!]
8Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh [As a type of defiling the spiritual Temple of God with sins], despise dominion [despise God’s Word by rejecting large portions of it to go our own ways], and speak evil of dignities [Speaking evil of godly persons, attacking them for their zeal to learn and keep the whole Word of God].
These deceitful workers try to lead us into compromising with God’s Word and into all manner of sin; beginning with the IDOLATRY of exalting themselves; who despise the dominion [authority, commandments] of God the Father, while speaking evil of those who are diligent in serving the ALMIGHTY ONE!.
9Yet 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.
10But these speak evil of those things which they know not [attacking the sound doctrine of the truth of God]: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts [following the false and ignorant doctrines of men], in those things they corrupt themselves.
11Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. [These three examples are examples of self seeking and a willingness to pervert the truth for personal gain. How many elders remain where they are and tolerate evil for the sake of their pay cheques and positions?]
These wicked false teachers would destroy the righteous, destroy those zealous for God’s commandments; as Cain did. They would lust after reward, seeking personal gain in wealth and power; as did Balaam. They would rebel against the Mediator of the Covenant as Core did; seeking to exalt themselves as mediators of the New Covenant to come between the people and God; in place of our High Priest Jesus Christ, seeking to come between the people and God.
12These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water [Appearing godly but not having the substance of true godliness, not having the Holy Spirit, and without any true godliness. They are high pressure salesmen, con men; who steal your means and your crown.] , carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13Raging waves of the sea [They rise up and fall back to be gone forever (if they do not wholeheartedly repent)], foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
These deceivers appear as one of us, while they attempt to subvert us. They eat with us and observe Feasts with us, fearlessly fellowshipping with us; and are seen as leaders among us, yet they are sons of wickedness sent by Satan and allowed by God to TEST us.
God is TESTING US NOW! To see if we will follow charismatic false teachers or if we will be loyal to HIM!
Deu 13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
This is the Word of God; this was prophesied for this latter day.
Satan has brought in wicked men that appear as angels of light; with their “love love” tolerate sin approach, they seduce the weak into a perverted view of Christ saying “he will surely overlook willful sins and forgive us, as God’s commandments are impossible for us to obey” so we need not be over righteous or zealous for God’s commandments.”
God will surely correct and if they fail to repent, will destroy such wicked men.
Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches [deceitful words] which ungodly sinners have spoken against him [The words of these men are against the Word of God].
16These [wicked deceivers] are murmurers, complainers [against the Word of God, saying it is too hard for us to be zealous to obey God, and then watering down the Word of God for their own false ways], walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage [They are flatterers of men [flatterers of HWA is the obvious example that comes immediately to mind; and not followers of God].
People have become respecters of persons rather than respecters of God, seeking personal advantage; full of pride in themselves, or their group, or leader; rather than full of devotion to the Eternal. They are self-willed and murmur against the commandments saying that “they are impossible to keep, so God will not judge you for failing to do so” thus encouraging brethren to continue in sin.
17But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Here Jude reveals that he is writing directly to us, in the latter days.
18How that they told you there should be mockers [mockers of zeal for the truth in the latter day Ekklesia] in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19These be they who separate themselves [From the truth of sound doctrine], sensual [worldly], having not the Spirit [They have a spirit, but it is NOT the spirit of God, but the spirit of antichrist].
Such men, though they call themselves Pope’s, Evangelists, Apostles, Prophets, or Leaders, or by whatever title; are just son’s of wickedness, slipped in by Satan to lead astray the unwary and TEST God’s people. They are sensual [carnal and not subject to God] playing power politics and seeking personal advantage, authority, wealth and power. They mock the zealous and condemn the faithful; for such loyal to God people are considered a threat to themselves; the faithful are condemned for obeying Almighty God and not themselves.
Jude’s instructions to the godly
20But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith [building on the foundation of the whole Word of God], praying in the Holy Ghost,
21Keep yourselves in the love of God [loving God enough to passionately KEEP God’s Word], looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
I John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
Jude 1:22 And of some [The sincerely repentant] have compassion, making a difference:
23And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire [By teaching the entire Word of God and strongly rebuking sin and rebellion against God’s word]; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
We are to be absolutely faithful to the espoused Husband to whom we were called; we are to be filled with the faith of God and full of the Holy Spirit that empowers overcoming. We are to have compassion on others by teaching the truth of God and rejoicing with those that sincerely repent.
We are to loath sin to the point that we would despise even a cloth that appeared to have a connection to any sin or spiritual uncleanness. We are to work to save our brethren; warning them of the perils of the times; delivering them out the coming trial by fire; through zealous warning and exhortation to faithfulness to our God.
24Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
It is the power of God’s spirit which strengthens us and keeps us from falling; that spirit is given to those who are faithfully obedient to ALL the commandments of God.
Let no man deceive you, neither God nor Christ will tolerate any sin. The Soul that sinneth, it SHALL die. Ezek 18:20.
1 Cor 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God [commit sin], him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.