Morning Devotion: Read Jude

Jude 1:22  And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23  And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. 24  Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25  To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

If you are a bible believing born-again Christian, you have a great gift. You have the gift of God, eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

You have experienced the mercy of God and the grace of God. You have Christ.

In our text, Jude writes about those who would change what you have into lasciviousness. They would take God’s word and change it to suit their own agenda and attempt to destroy God’s grace. Jude writes that these murmur and complain and speak great swelling word to gain your approval and admiration. They are sensual and do not have the Spirit of God.

As a result, Jude writes that we contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. Keep that which is committed to you. Never let that slip from your heart. Build yourself up in your most holy faith, keeping in God’s love and look forward to His return.

With all that being said, he encourages us to be compassionate and reach out to others with the good news of the gospel already received.

Jude 1:22  And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23  And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

I had the opportunity to purchase a small appliance this week. It was advertised on the local internet. When I went to the house to purchase it, I was met by a lady who told me she had been a chaplin for 32 years and was now retired. I said great, then asked, do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? At this question she became very irate with me and claimed she had been saved since birth. She was saved because her grandparents were saved and her parents were saved, consequently she was saved. That is called covenant theology; she thought she was going to heaven because her familial line claimed to be going. There is no scripture that tells us we can get to heaven on our parents’ coattails.

I gave her the scripture: Romans 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. And asked when she had done that? She became even more indignant and called me holier than thou. In response I exclaimed I was a sinner saved by grace and loved her enough to give her the truth of an individual salvation. Each individual person must trust the Lord Jesus personally to be saved.

God tells us to have compassion on those who do not know the truth and yet maintain to truth in doing so. Someone had changed the grace of God into lasciviousness and she bought into it.

I am grieved by those who claim to be Christian and have no compassion on others and fail to give them the truth. There are some who claim to be saved and have never given that truth to their own family, their children, their wife or husband and close friends. My friend, have compassion, make a difference.

Jude 1:22  And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23  And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

I say this in love and compassion; If you are trusting in anything other than Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour you have no salvation at all.

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

As kindly as I know how, I say; according to John14:6, you cannot even get to God with trusting Jesus.

Romans 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him (Jesus) from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook