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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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08/31/2017

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Just Remember


"But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, 'In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.' These are the men who will divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit" (Jude 17-19).

Jude went so as far to evoke a quote from the book of Enoch, a well respected writing in NT times to get a point across about those who wanted to divide them... It said (Vs 14-15) that the Lord was coming to judge those who committed ungodly acts in ungodly ways, and spoke of their words as all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against Him... Against this backdrop, Jude warns his listeners to remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold... Christians are not required to know the intricacies of premillennialism with all of its twists, or the details of every protestant doctrine in order to know what the Bible teaches. The Bible must be, however, more than a "coffee table book." Jude told his readers that they could recognize false teaching by comparing it to what the apostles taught.... But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold..." (Vs 17) Jude's starting point was that the apostle's teachings were the authoritative source of Christian teaching. Though we know little of many of them, in their capacity as authorities, they numbered at least twelve (12) plus Paul. Even if we do not know what all of them wrote, Jude is insistent that his readers know that there was an apostolic message, and the false teachers were denying key elements of it.... Because of this, the salvation of believers was in jeopardy. What the church believed mattered! Doctrine was important! Jude wanted them and us to not think it was strange that false messengers would appear who would undermine the apostolic teachings. We must actually read and meditate on God's Word, and Just Remember....

Have a great day.... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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