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09/07/2017

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Wrapping up Jude


"Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil." (I Thess.5:21-22).

Though the book of Jude encompasses only twenty five (25) verses, it has some powerful advice for us. My first real takeaway is that we are to do everything possible to stay within the love of the Lord. As Christians, it is also our responsibility to look out for others within our sphere of believers to see that they stay within the love of the Lord too. Secondly, Jude reminds his first-century readers of the things taught by the apostles. I actually find it interesting that he identified their teachers as "the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ." He wanted them to make no mistake that these were not some self-appointed teachers, but were sent from the Lord Himself... He reminded them that the apostles said that these false teachers would be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly lusts.... He further described these false teachers in verse 19 as men who will divide you. Lets remember that Jesus in John 17 prayed for unity among His followers. The apostle Paul taught about unity among the brethren in the fourth (4th) chapter of Ephesians. Unity is the key to strength, and evil prevails when unity is abandoned. The false teachers that Jude speaks of were evidently experts at creating doubt and causing division. I believe that doctrine is important, and what we believe determines how we behave... If folks believe that there are other ways to be reconciled to God other than through Jesus, chances are that we would not assemble each Sunday morning to worship or be involved in Bible study. Why bother? We must be reminded of Jesus' words from the Sermon On The Mount... Read Matt.7:21-23 for a jolting reminder. It starts out by saying this; "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father in heaven..." We must be people of the Word and use discernment to filter out what is false and accept what is true. This is what today's verse from I Thess. says... "Test everything. Hold on to the good."

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

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