Morning Devotion: Read Jude

Jude 1:1  ¶Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: 2  Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

Jude identifies himself as the brother of James who was the leader of the church at Jerusalem. He is the half brother of Jesus, Matthew 13:55 and Mark 6:3.

Jude writes this letter to those who are sanctified by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus said in John 17:19  “And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.”

Sanctified means to be set apart by Jesus. Do you realize you are set apart, special to God as a result of your salvation in Christ Jesus? You are a new creature in Christ, a vessel to honor.

We lived a life of sin and rebellion before we were sanctified by Christ. He saved us from ourselves and our destruction.

1 Corinthians 6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Jude is writing this letter because some practiced Gnosticism. Gnosticism is the belief that everything material was evil and everything spiritual was good. They believed the spiritual was better than the material. Consequently, they practiced spiritual things but let their flesh do whatever it wanted.

I know people today that claim to know God and some claim to know Christ and yet they live like the devil. They involve themselves in every vice the world offers and then claim salvation. Some are drunks, some are dope heads, some are perverts and still claim to be saved.

Galatians 5:19  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

James 4:17  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

They really only have a form of godliness. 2 Timothy 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:…

Your walk aught to be the same as your talk. If you claim to be a Christian then live like a Christian.

1 Timothy 6:11  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

If you say you are saved, live like you are saved. Be sanctified for the Lord.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook