Study In Jude
by Sandy Simpson
Lesson 6 – Vs. 20-25
Vs. 20 - 23 But you, dear friends, build yourselves
up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves
in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring
you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from
the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear--hating even
the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
Build ourselves up in the faith – God will help us build our
Hebrews 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter
of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning
its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
God wrote the book of our lives. He knows every word, including the
last chapter. He is the author, the One on Whom our faith is built,
the Object of our faith. We have to live the story out that God has written
because of His foreknowledge, but we do not know how it ends or even what's
on the next page beyond today. Therefore we must trust Him. He will
perfect that faith as we submit to Him daily. Faith-building is a two-way
street. It is clear in many places in the Bible that we also have a duty
to hold on to our faith,
Hebrews 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone
through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the
faith we profess.
We must keep the faith.
1 Timothy 3:9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith
with a clear conscience.
2 Timothy 1:13 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound
teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.
We must persevere in sound doctrine.
1 Timothy 4:16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in
them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
We must overcome by faith.
1 John 5:4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is
the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
We are to add to our faith.
2 Peter 1:5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your
faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge …
We must strengthen our faith by continuing to meet together to study the
Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are
in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another— and all
the more as you see the Day approaching.
Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written
to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the
Scriptures we might have hope.
We must be prepared to defend the "faith once for all delivered to the
Pray in the Spirit
Philippians 1:16 The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put
here for the defense of the gospel.
2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that
sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every
thought to make it obedient to Christ.
– God guides our prayers by the Holy Spirit.
We must pray for people who are falling into deception as the Holy Spirit
directs, through His Word. We cannot know the hearts of people, but the
Holy Spirit knows them all.
Romans 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We
do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes
for us with groans that words cannot express.
It is amazing how, sometimes in prayer, the Lord brings things to our minds
to pray about. We then become a partner with God in His work for that individual
or situation. We must always continue to pray.
Keep in God's love
Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds
of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep
on praying for all the saints.
1 John 5:16 If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead
to death, he should pray and God will give him life.
- Don't start to hate people who hate you or
Luke 6:28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat
Romans 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Remember how God rescued you through Jesus Christ when you were deceived
and living in sin. Though it is harder to forgive someone who claims to
be a Christian and says that you are judging them and persecutes you, still
you must learn how to keep in God’s love for them. Remember that we are
to reconcile people to God, as Jesus Christ reconciled us to the Father.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself
through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s
sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
Remember you will "have this conversation again" someday and you will be
accountable for the way you handled people who are deceived or who have
wandered away from the Faith.
Wait on the Lord
Matthew 12:36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on
the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.
- God has been merciful to you and still may be
to them. God is not willing that any should perish. Neither should you
Be merciful to those in doubt
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand
slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but
everyone to come to repentance.
– This is talking about those in-between.
Those who are just being deceived or who are just realizing they have been
deceived. The Holy Spirit may be convicting them of their sins. Many people
are in-between these days. We must help them to see the truth in love.
Snatch others from the fire
Ephesians 4:15 Instead,
speaking the truth in love, we will in
all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
– Some are almost in the fire, but some
are in the fires already. But we still must try to rescue them. They must
be taken from fire or they will be burned. They must be told to avoid meetings
of false teachers and false prophets.
Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform
signs and miracles to deceive the elect— if that were possible.
They must be advised to not allow strangers to pray over them. If they
have been in the fire for a long time, they may need prayer for deliverance
from another spirit. They must be willing to renounce what they have believed
and are doing in order to be rescued.
Show mercy mixed with fear
Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be
wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
– Be careful not to fall into the fire
when you are trying to rescue others. Don’t go to their meetings with them
just to be friends, even if they beg you. Stay away and get the facts without
going to hear false teachers because they are dangerous and can deceive
you too. We must still show mercy to those who are in the fire—but mercy
mixed with fear, always being aware of the deception, apostasy, and demonism
with which they may be involved. Touch not the unclean thing!
2 Corinthians 6:17 "Therefore come out from them and be separate,
says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."
This does not mean we fear men or demons if we are in Christ. We are to
fear the One who can damn souls to hell. We are to fear God’s judgment
if we fall into the fire with them. We must not participate with them in
their false teaching, false worship, false anointings. Be aware that there
is little hope for false teachers, leaders of the Third Wave. Very few
have repented as far as I know. I don’t expect many more will. More are
diving into apostasy everyday. Few leaders will come out but the followers
still have hope of being saved. So we must not give up in doing what the
Vs. 24-25 To him who is able to keep you from falling
and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with
great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority,
through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper
time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Psalms 82:4 Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand
of the wicked.
Jesus Christ is able to keep us from falling into the traps of false
doctrine and practice. He is able to bring us to Himself in the Rapture
and to give us new clothes of righteousness that will last forever. Only
God can do this. Because God is able to rescue us from our own self-deception
and the deception of false teachers, we owe Him praise because He deserves
all the glory, majesty, power and authority. Remember that God holds all
the power and authority over all creation, including death, Hades, the
devil and hell. If we hold on to Jesus Christ, He will see us through.
Jesus Christ is Almighty God from eternity past to eternity future. We
can depend on Him because He is faithful and everlasting.