Summary: A sermon examining God's warning in the Book of Jude.
Jude: A Letter For The Last Days
THE ADMONITION IN JUDE'S LETTER (PART II)
Last week we began to examine the stern warning that Jude gives in this epistle. Tonight I want to pick up where left off and consider "The Admonition In Jude's Letter" Part II.
To "admonish" means to warn or reprimand someone firmly. That is exactly what takes place in this passage. There is a two part warning in this passage. Jude warns the apostate of the coming judgment of Christ but he also warns the church to beware of the apostates! In verse 3 Jude encourages the Brethren to "earnestly contend for the faith" . Here in verses 16-19 he tells us what attributes will mark the lives of those who are apostates.
(Review of Part 1)
- Last week we saw that:
A. THERE IS A WARNING FOR THE APOSTATES
In verse 14 Jude warned that THE SAVIOR IS COMING and THE SAINTS ARE COMING. Then in verse 15 He went on to declare that WHEN JESUS COMES, HE WILL BRING JUDGMENT and WHEN JESUS COMES, HE WILL BRING JUSTICE.
- As we begin Part II of this message we will see that:
B. THERE IS A WARNING FROM THE APOSTLES
This is a warning from Jude to us. He gives us the information that is necessary to be ready to "earnestly contend for the faith". Let's examine a few things about this warning:
1. THIS IS A PROPHETIC WARNING v17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
This is not a message that originated with Jude. He calls to our remembrance certain warnings from the Apostles of Christ that mirror the warning in his epistle. There is a similar passage in - 2 Peter 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior:
Like Jude, Peter references the message of Christ's Apostles. These were the men who were chosen, called and commissioned by Jesus to be His ambassadors to the World. They were moved by the Holy Spirit of God. The message of God was placed in their mouths by the Holy Spirit. God used these men to pen the New Testament. In the 260 chapters of the New Testament there are approximately 300 references to Christ's Second Coming and the judgment that will follow.
- Listen to some of the references of the Lord's Apostles concerning the end times.
John says - "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him..." (Revelation 1:7)
Peter says - ...the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavens will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. (2 Peter 3:10)
James says - "Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord." - (James 5:7)
Paul says - "the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night." - (I Thessalonians 5:2)
It is abundantly clear that the Apostles believed in the return of Christ. Not only did they believe it, they believed they would see it in their day. Peter says that these "scoffers" deny the reality of Christ’s coming. They state that nothing has changed and that things continue as they have since the beginning. Peter exposed certain false teachers who ridiculed the teaching concerning Christ's return. The scoffers that Jude and Peter spoke of have hardened their heart against God. They do not believe in anything they cannot see with their physical eyes. Not only do they not believe the prophecy, they mock and ridicule those who do!
The majority of those in the early church expected Christ to come in their day. By this time many of them had died and Christ had yet to return. The scoffers asked "Where is the promise of his coming”? We hear the same argument from the skeptics in our day. They will say, people have been looking for Jesus to come back for 2000 years and He hasn't arrived yet! They laugh, mock, scorn and blaspheme. But Jude says "Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints" (v14)
On that day the skeptics and scoffers will realize that they were wrong. When they come to this realization it will be too late! Because when Jesus returns He will "execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him." (v15)