Summary: Going deeper... looking at v12-13
Date Written: Aug 19, 2014
Date Preached: Aug 20, 2014
Where Preached: OPBC (Wed - PM)
Series Title: A Deeper Look: Key Verses
Sermon Text: Jude 1:12-13 [ESV]
Several weeks ago we had reached v8-11 and we had learned what Jude had said about what was happening in the church and who was responsible. Jude gave 3 examples of the fate awaiting the false teachers who were misleading so many people away from Christ.
Tonight we are going to continue in Jude’s description of these teachers. Tonight we will look at how he describes them… NOT by giving human examples, but by comparing them to OTHER things that people would understand.
Read v12-13 here…
12These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; 13wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.
12These [men] are [like] hidden reefs…
Hidden reefs – Greek term/phrase – spee-las which is the word used for reef, but Jude is using it here as a metaphor. He is saying that these men… these false teachers are LIKE reefs in the ocean… You see clear sailing, but there is danger underneath the surface!
These men portrayed a life that was free of care and supposedly smooth sailing and they based their teaching on a perversion of God’s grace. Jude tells us that they perverted God’s grace to sensuality… in other words they used God’s grace as a license to DO WHAT THEY PLEASED… to do what felt good!
They portrayed this life as what God had for His believers, but Jude is telling them that this is nothing more than a hidden reef… what they say may LOOK and SOUND good, but it carries great danger to your walk and witness for Christ!
…at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear...
Love feasts – Greek term/phrase – agape which is the word used for unconditional love, but it was also used in conjunction with the meal in which they celebrated communion.
A ‘love’ meal that celebrated God’s ultimate and unconditional love for them… a meal in which they transparently shared their lives with one another and fellowshipped as like minded believers!
Jude tells us that these false teachers Feast without fear – Greek term/phrase – ah-fob-ose which is the word used for boldness. In other words these men would partake of this love feast boldly and had NO fear of the repercussions.
Paul taught that to partake of this celebration in an unworthy manner was to invite the wrath of God upon you… these men flaunted their lifestyle and partook of this celebration in a manner that had NO fear of God’s wrath!
This reflects a blatant disregard for the solemn nature of this event. This reflects their blatant disregard for the deity of Christ and their blasphemous approach to God’s grace!