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All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.  This Week’s Study: Jude 1:4-11 Monday - Some will turn God’s grace into lewdness. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ (Jude 1:4). Jude gives a solemn warning here.  “Certain men. . . , ungodly men, . . . have crept in along ago. . . who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.” What is going on here?  Jude tells his readers that some ungodly men creep into the church turning God’s grace into lewdness AND they deny our Lord Jesus Christ.  Jude is talking about those who teach “that by the gospel they were released from the obligations of the law, and might give indulgence to their sinful passions in order that grace might abound” (Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible: Jude 3). The next several verses warn of the destruction awarded to those who live in disobedience.  In verse 6 we are told, even the “angels who did not keep their proper domain” are reserved for judgement.  God’s word is clear.  We are called to live in obedience to God’s will even as we are saved by God’s grace. Tuesday - Antinomiansim. But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe (Jude 1:5). To properly understand this verse, we must remember the context. In the previous verse, Jude reminds us of those who creep into the church teaching that God’s grace gives us the freedom to disobey God’s law. The technical term for teaching that the gospel frees me to live contrary to God’s law is Antinomianism.  Jude wants us to know that this heresy leads to destruction.  He writes, “The Lord, . . . destroyed those who did not believe.”  He was referring to the unbelieving Israelites during the Exodus from Egypt. It is still true.  Men still creep in teaching heresy today.  In 2 Peter we read:  “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction” (2 Peter 2:1). Peter goes on to warn: “And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed” (2 Peter 2:2). Today, as we move through the day God gives us, let’s live as saved people ought to live!  Let’s live walking in the obedient footsteps of our Master, Jesus Christ. Wednesday  - Two errors Christians often find. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, . . . ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. . . . [A]s Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire (Jude 1:4-7). This whole argument of salvation by grace and the resulting trusting, obedient, lifestyle is important.  E. G. White comments this way: There are two errors against which the children of God-- particularly those who have just come to trust in His grace-- especially need to guard. The first, already dwelt upon, is that of looking to their own works, trusting to anything they can do, to bring themselves into harmony with God. He who is trying to become holy by his own works in keeping the law, is attempting an impossibility. All that man can do without Christ is polluted with selfishness and sin. It is the grace of Christ alone, through faith, that can make us holy. The opposite and no less dangerous error is that belief in Christ releases men from keeping the law of God; that since by faith alone we become partakers of the grace of Christ, our works have nothing to do with our redemption (Steps To Christ, pp. 59,60). I believe the answer to living the Christian life, while trusting in God’s grace for salvation is found in Galatians 2:20: I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20). When we allow Christ to live in us, everything falls into place! Thursday  - “The Lord Rebuke You.” Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" (Jude 1:8-9). Jude is writing about the same teachers of heresy of which he speaks earlier, we might say they have an attitude!  Yet, he writes, even Michael the leader of the angels, when he disputed with the devil about the body of Moses did not bring “a reviling accusation,”  instead Michael simply said “’The Lord rebuke you!’” We need to be careful when we dispute, debate, or admonish.  On this same issue Peter counsels: Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. For "HE WHO WOULD LOVE LIFE AND SEE GOOD DAYS, LET HIM REFRAIN HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL, AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT (1 Peter 3:8-10). Good counsel for all of us! Friday/Weekend - Evil for profit. But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah (Jude 1:10-11). Drawing on several examples from Israelite history, Jude further illustrates the end result of those who live apart from God’s grace.  Let’s review his examples.  First, he writes, “Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain.”  They were rebellious and arrogant.  “Have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit.” Is profit evil?  No.  Profit becomes evil when it becomes the reaons for living.  Balaam came to the point where he was willing to do anything of gain that dollar.  We must continually guard against that in our lives.  Never must we sacrifice principle for the dollar. “And perished in the rebellion of Korah.”  The ultimate end of those who live in rebellion apart from God.  Let’s determine to be wholly holy for God! Press <Control>+D to bookmark this page 2010-2012 Marvin Glass, Inc. And now back to more great Southern Gospel Music!