The True Believer – A verse by verse study of Jude ( Part 4)

                                                              Verses 13-16

“Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame: wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to 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. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.”

 

In these verses, Jude concludes his judgment on the apostate teachers and their teachings. In verse 13 he continues giving us the results of the teachings of these apostates. He tells us that they are like raging waves of the sea becaue of their swelling pride and vanity. Their world revolves around them. Beware of men whose ministry is based around them and their accomplishments. He is a false teacher because the true minister recognizes that the ministry is about Christ, not the preacher or his work.

Jude then tells us that they are foaming out their own shame. These are filthy and obscene words spewing from the mouth of these false teachers. Their language directly depicts their ministry. It is one of uncleanness, emptiness, and shame. Also in verse 13 Jude compares them to a wandering star. As we saw earlier, they shine in the beginning, but then wandering about from house to house or from church to church infecting souls with their apostasy. They wander about as a star and then pass into darkness. This is not just any darkness, btu Jude said they are reserved for the “blackness of darkness.” This is the utter darkness. This expresses the nature of their punishment as utter darkness in the scriptures is associated with eternal punishment. This darkness is “reserved” for them. God has reserved this darkness for these false teachers. Hell is meant by the “utter darkness.” Hell is forever. It is eternal damnation and punishment. It is a place where the “worm dieth not” and the “fire is not quenched.”

In verses 14 – 15 Jude mentions Enoch. He tells us that Enoch prophesied of these false teachers and their teachings. This prophesy speaks of judgment against all. This expressed definitive sentence on all and that condemnation and death would be done in the strictest manner. God will judge these men Himself. He speaks of the ungodly which are those who are without God and without the fear of God. These are they who have participated in false worship, particularly false teachers. They will be judged of all their ungodly deeds both against law and gospel. These are the deeds committed in the process of a life without the fear of God. They continually practiced these deeds publicly and in an inappropriate manner. They had seared consciences. They lived in defiance of Heaven. Beware of men whose conscience is seared. It doesn’t bother them to live in the absence of God. They have no fear of God. Their lives are “ungodly” meaning that every aspect of life for them is lived without God or the fear of God. It doesn’t bother them to sin. They can have that drink of beer or a glass wine with dinner and it doesn’t bother them. They can watch the dirty movies and laugh at the obscene jokes. They can lust after the women and not be ashamed. They are, in every aspect of the word, ungodly yet they are in the church. God will execute judgment upon them all and all those who are associated with them.

In verse 16 Jude describes them as murmurers and complainers. They are murmuring against God and against man. They refuse to walk in the way of the Lord, instead they walk in the way of their own lusts. Every thing they do is to further promote their own being, They raise themselves higher on their own pedestal. They are complaining that their salaries are not sufficient and that they are not respected enough among men. They are complaining and are never satisfied. Jude tells us that they speak “great swelling words” against God and men. This expresses their boast of knowledge and their great learning, but it is all vain and empty doctrines. They are all filled with emptiness.

Lastly, Jude tells us that they are having men’s admiration because of their advantage. This means that they are putting down on and ignoring the true ministers, but are giving great place to men of wealth, power, and prestige. This falls back on their own greediness. The apostate teacher is greedy and will spend his life promoting himself instead of preaching the gospel of Christ. As mentioned previously, the false teacher places more emphasis on walking after the lusts of their own flesh rather than the ways of God.

Here Jude has concluded his exposing of the false teacher and the judgment associated with them and their apostate teachings. Jude warns us of these men because, as mentioned in every other part, these false teachers have silently crept into the church. Their teachings and doctrines have infected the church and is having catastrophic consequences. It is imperative that we, as true ministers of Christ, start teaching the true gospel of Christ. We can learn indefinitely from the warnings given in verses 3-16 about the characteristics of these men and the judgment that they are doomed to face. Like a wandering star they shine bright and brilliantly at first, then they are on to the next big thing. The next big meeting. The next high paying pastorate. They have no care or consideration for the physical or spiritual well being of the people of God. Beware that you don’t get caught up in the lies associated with these false teachers. Stay in the word of God and walk close to God so that you can rightly divide the Word of Truth.

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