Jude – Part 2
Previously we learned about the description of the true believer and some of the characteristics imparted to the true believer. Jude saterted out by teaching us to recognize the characteristics of the true believer because now he is switching gears and teaching us about the false teachers and their apostasy.
Now Jude spends verse 3-16 warning us against the apostasy of the false teachers. He gives us 22 truths about these false teachers. We will deal with each of these individually as we proceed through the chapter.
“Beloved, when I gave unto you all diligenceto write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly content for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 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 lascivisousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed them that believed not. And the angels whioch kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”
In verse 3 Jude starts warning us against the apostasy of the false teachers by exposing their characteristics and true motives. He tells us in verse 3 that it is needful for him to write this because these false teachers are creeping into the church. Jude saw that the apostasy of these teachers were already present in many churches. It is needful for him to teach the church to be able to earnestly contend for the faith and stand up for the truth because the apostasy of the false teachers had crept in “unawares” meaning that they didn’t even recognize it when it came in. Those who present a false gospel do so by catering to what we know is truth and mixing the truth with apostasy with just the right mixture thereby causing us to not even second guess the false doctrines when they are presented.
In verse 4, Jude continues teaching us about the false teachers by telling us that they are destined for judgment. They were already “ordained” to condemnation meaning that they were already decreed to be judged because they were ungodly men. They were immoral. Jude said that they were turning the grace of God into lascivisousness meaning that they were using it for lustful gain. They had a complete disregard for the integrity and honor of the grace of God, therefore displaying a blatant disrespect for God. They were also denying the one true God. This is presenting a false gospel. We are taught in 1Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
Not only do they deny Him in name, but they are denying Him in deed by using the grace of God for selfish and lustful pleasures. These are descriptive of those who only use the ministry and the work of God for selfish pleasures. I have met and heard of men who admitted to going into the ministry because of the money involved in misleading people. It is unfortunate and truly sad that there are men in our modern society who have no desire to help people or to even minister. Their only desire is to fatten their wallets. They only desire to promote their own abilities and their own personal and lustful agenda. These are the ones who can’t stand up without begging for your money. They will refuse to “counsel” with you if you can’t afford the minimum session cost. They are stuck on themselves. Life is all about them and revolves their selfish desires. These are false teachers and according to Jude we are to oppose them. We are to expose them and follow the one true God.
In verse 5 Jude assures that they will be judged. He brings into remembrance the judgment of the unbelievers in Israel. The scriptures tell us that God destroyed them for not believing. He also judged the rebellious angels for leaving their habitation and reserved them everlasting chains and eternal darkness. We are told elsewhere in scripture that God prepared Hell “for the devil and his angels.” These are the rebellious angels that Jude is speaking of. In verse 7 Jude reminds us of Sodom and Gomorrah. If God judged the unbelievers in Israel, the rebellious angels to eternal hell, and Sodom and Gomorah, then what makes one think that God will not judge those who present a false gospel and spread false apostate teachings?
This is applicable to the modern christian by teaching us how to recognize and expose those who are false teachers. This teaches us how to stay away from them and remain with the one true God of Heaven so that we are continously exposed to truth. If you want to miss the judgment of God then stay away from those who have only selfish and lustful motives in the ministry. They may be popular, but according to Jude they are also condemned to judgment and God always keeps His Word and is always a just God. Just as God destroyed the unbelievers in Israel, the rebellious angels, and Sodom and Gomorrah God will judge the fasle teachers.