Scripture Text: Jude 1:5-11
In this passage, Jude is writing to exhort his readers to be on the alert for people in their church or who, although members, may not be true believers. They are “apostates,” which means “rebels opposing God’s authority,” and in their rebellion, they are using God’s grace to justify ungodly behavior. That brings harm to the church within and destroys its reputation to outsiders. They must be exposed and either brought to repentance or expelled from the church. Today in our text. Jude gives examples of apostasy from Israel’s past and then, reveals how to recognize rebels within the church at that point.
I. A Reminder Of God’s Judgement On Rebellious People. (vss. 5-7)
II. A Revelation Of Hearts In Rebellion.(vss. 8-11)
In Matthew 7:24, concerning the final judgement says,“Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord,’will enter the kingdom of heaven.” Not all who claim to be followers of Christ are, in fact, true followers. There are people who will try to use the church or abuse the church to satisfy their own selfish and ungodly desires. If they are not exposed and called to account, they will mislead the church and bring misery to the body of Christ.They may or may not recognize their own mistakes, but we can recognize them by attitudes and actions. They will treat their bodies with disrespect, giving them over to the immorality of pleasing self rather than the purity of pleasing God. They will show little respect for authority, choosing instead to exalt rather than humble themselves. They will show irreverence for the might and power of the spiritual realm, trying to work with and manipulate spiritual beings, rather than turning to the Lord for His direction and protection. We must check ourselves and repent if we find ourselves drifting into those things and we must disassociate and reject those who will not likewise repent. Those who follow Christ and are filled with the Holy Spirit are called to a higher standard and must allow the Lord to lift us up, otherwise we are not called at all!