Summary: A sermon examining the reality of apostasy in our day.
A Letter For The Last Days
THE EXPLAINATION IN JUDE'S LETTER (PART 2)
Arthur Pink said "Because He is holy and just, God must judge sin wherever it is found. If then God spared not the Lord Jesus when sin was found upon him, what possible hope is there, unsaved reader, that he will spare thee when thou standest before him at the great white throne with sin upon thee?"
Arthur Pink is right... If God poured out His wrath on Jesus at Calvary, He will certainly pour out His wrath on all who die in their sins.
Jesus said in - John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. There will be serious consequences for all who die without Christ. Those consequences are judgment and death! The apostates that are mentioned in the Epistle of Jude (and those of today) will one day appear before Jesus at the Great White Throne and they will ultimately be cast into the Lake of Fire.
Last week we began to examine The Explanation In Jude's Letter, tonight I would like to continue to explore that thought in The Explanation In Jude's Letter - Part II. Jude has called on the Brethren to "earnestly contend for the faith" and in these verses he goes about explaining to us what we are up against.
Let's quickly review what we learned last week. In verse 4 and in verses 8-13 Jude tells us just how evil the apostates really are. Notice how:
A. JUDE EXPLAINS THE DECEPTION OF THE APOSTATES v4
v4 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.
False teachers had infiltrated the church without being noticed by the rest of the assembly. These apostates "turned the grace of our God into lasciviousness" and "denied the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ".
- Not only does Jude explain the deception of the apostates:
B. JUDE EXPLAINS THE DEALINGS OF THE APOSTATES v8-10
v8 likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
The apostates were as unbelieving and disobedient as the Israelites in the wilderness they were are rebellious against the authority of God as the fallen angels, and they were as vile and unholy as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. Jude reveals 3 specific attributes of the apostate:
1. THEY ARE IMMORAL - v8a Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh,
The apostates "defile the flesh". This means that they engage in base and abnormal immorality. In verse 8 Jude goes on to say that:
2. THEY ARE INSUBORDINATE - v8b (they) despise dominion,
The apostate rejects any kind of authority, they have an anything goes mindset. They rebel against governmental authority, they rebel against those in authority within the church, and they rebel against the ultimate authority.... the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Apostates are immoral, they are insubordinate and:
3. THEY ARE IRREVERENT - v8c (they) speak evil of dignities.
These "filthy dreamers" speak evil and slander those in authority. Jude tells us that they will not get away with their rebellion. This leads us to what Jude covers in verses 10-13, here he explains what will ultimately happen to the apostate. As we examine these verses let us will consider:
C. THE DOOM OF THE APOSTATES
Judgment is coming for all apostates. But at the moment it appears that many of them are living in the lap of luxury. Some stand before tens of thousands of people in mega "churches" each week. They have T.V, Radio and internet "ministries". They have books on the New York Times bestseller list. They live in 50,000 square ft mansions. They have a home in the mountains, one on the river and one at the beach. They have garages filled with cars, trucks and motorcycles. They have bank accounts full of money and more rolls in each week. They have all of this and much more but the profit of apostasy is temporal and the consequences of apostasy are eternal! I do not mean to imply that all rich pastors are apostates or that all apostates are rich. But those who are apostates will face the judgment of God!
- Notice in verse 11:
1) THE WOE THAT IS DECLARED
Jude says "Woe unto them". "Woe" is an expression of grief or indignation. When the word woe is used, it usually signifies impending doom. The Bible tells us that doom is coming for the apostate! A good portion of this Epistle is dedicated to revealing the corrupt actions of the apostates.