Summary: A sermon examining the purpose of the book of Jude.
Jude: A Letter For The Last Days
THE MOTIVATION FOR JUDE'S LETTER (PART 3)
Two weeks ago we began our study of the Epistle of Jude, since then we have been examining "The Motivation For Jude's Letter", tonight we will conclude this portion of our study. So far we have seen that This Letter Was Intended For The Saints and This Letter Was Written By Jude. Tonight I want us to consider the fact that "This Letter Was Inspired By The Lord"
B. THIS LETTER WAS INSPIRED BY THE LORD - v3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
The Bible is not just any other book, the Bible is the inspired Word of God". A.W Tozer said "God did not write a book and send it by messenger to be read at a distance by unaided minds. He spoke a book and lives in his spoken words, constantly speaking his words and causing the power of them to persist across the years."
2 Timothy 3:16 says that "All scripture is given by inspiration of God". This literally means that “all scripture is God-breathed". Because of this we can have confidence that the Bible is trustworthy. Jude is one of those men that God chose to use to deliver His Word to mankind, and the word that God gave to Jude was a word of warning. Notice if you will:
1. THE MODIFICATION
Jude wanted to write about "our common salvation", but God had other plans.
Many times I will study and prepare for a specific sermon all week and then late Saturday night or early Sunday morning God will make it clear that He would have me go in an entirely different direction. There have been several times when I have ascended the pulpit ready to preach from a certain text and the Holy Spirit moves me to put away the planned outline and preach an entirely different message. Another pastor asked me just this week why God does that. There are many reasons but I personally think it is God's way of getting us to trust Him rather than our own abilities. One thing I can say for sure, when God leads me in a different direction and "changes the message" I have never regretted following Him, because God knows exactly what we need and when we need it.
Jude experienced a similar situation, he planned to write one thing but God showed up and showed him something far more important. Though this Epistle wears Jude's name, it was given to us by God. Jude was the vessel that God used to deliver to us the necessary warning concerning apostasy in the Church.
Picture Jude as he sits down behind his desk, finds a piece of parchment and dips his quill into the ink, he is thrilled with his wonderful new life in Christ and he knows a group of people who have experienced the amazing transformation that Jesus brings into a life. It is his intention to write to them about their common salvation. He planned to write a leisurely letter, a letter of encouragement and a letter of rejoicing but just as the ink hits the paper God stops him. God informs Jude that He has a specific task for him. God wants His servant to warn the Brethren about a major problem that is taking place in the church. He wants His people to know that the Church has been infiltrated by the enemy and because of this they need to be ready to fight. The entirety of Church history has been blessed because Jude was obedient. This letter (though only 25 verses) is vitally important. It is a letter of warning and instruction.
What would have happened if Jude had disobeyed God? Would we have such a warning? Would we know how important it is for us to "earnestly contend for the faith"? I am thankful that Jude was discerning and obedient. Many Christians that I know, (myself included at times) would have said "I already know what I am going to say and I am not changing things now!" Have you ever stopped to think about how many people are affected when we ignore the direction of the Holy Spirit? Jude did not ignore God's direction and we are blessed as a result.
When God came on the scene and began to move in Jude's life He revealed some important truths to him. Notice in verse 4:
2. THE REVELATION - 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.