Morning Devotion: Read Jude

Jude 1:4  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

5  I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

Verses 1-3 comprise of a greeting and a wonderful challenge to contend for the faith. “The Faith” once delivered to the saints, the “Common Salvation” by which all men are saved, which is Jesus Christ.

As we enter into verse four through six and we find even more description of those who are crept in and those who in lasciviousness, deny the only Lord God.

The word “lasciviousness” means unbridled lust, excess, licentiousness, lasciviousness, wantonness, outrageousness, shamelessness, insolence, which is totally engulfed in Gnosticism.

Remember, gnosticism is the belief that knowledge is more important than virtue or that the spiritual is more important than ethics. Consequently, we have those who claim to be saved and live like the devil throughout the week and then act pious on Sunday. Or we have those who live to satisfy fleshly lust and go to confessionals to make themselves feel better.

We have those who claim to have trusted in Jesus for salvation but have trouble trusting Him for the day to day things of life, or trouble living as He desires each moment of life.

If you have genuinely turned from sin and self and repented of sin and trusted Jesus to save you, gnosticism should never be a part of your life.

1 Timothy 6:12  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.

In other words, if you are genuinely saved, born-again, live like it. If you are Christian, live like a Christian.

Proverbs 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

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

Know what the Bible says, believe what the Bible says and live what the Bible says and you will be much better off.

The first step is knowing Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour.

1 John 5:13  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook