“A Call To Arms”

Posted: February 5, 2013 in Bible Study, Compassion, Jude, Security

     When the truth is under attack and the lives of Christians are in danger, it is time to take up the fight for the faith (i. e. truth found in the Scriptures). We must always be on guard against the devil and know how he operates (2 Corinthians 2:11). He is a cleaver foe; we must be sober and vigilant at all times (1 Peter 5:8), submit to God (James 4:7), put on the armor, and then resist him and false teachers (Ephesians 2:2; 6:10-17; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15).

Shepherd.  Just as the Apostle Paul admonished the overseers of the churches to shepherd God’s flock by feeding, guiding, guarding, and spiritually healing them (Acts 20:28-31), so the Lord’s half brother, Jude wrote a brief, powerful, and fiery letter to believers everywhere.

Half Brother. Rather than capitalizing on his relationship with Jesus as being His half brother, Jude and James came to believe on Jesus as their personal Savior after Christ’s resurrection (Mark 3:21; 1 Corinthians 15:7). During Jesus’ earthly ministry they thought that He was out of His mind as the prophet Isaiah had predicted (Mark 3:21; Isaiah 53:3, 4).

Bond Servant. But after Christ’s resurrection, things changed dramatically. No longer did they cling to the earthly relationship that they had with Him. Instead they believed on Him as their Savior just as their mother, Mary had (Luke 1:47) and voluntarily submitted to His Lordship over their lives (1 Peter 3:15; Romans 12:1, 2). A bond servant is someone with no rights, no personal property, no independent use of the will for it all belongs to the Lord.

Awl.  In the Old Testament times there were Jews who entered voluntarily  into such a relationship with a loving master (Exodus 21:1-6). To demonstrate that he belonged to his master, he had his ear bored through with an awl. I wonder if those folks with pierced ears are the slaves of someone else.  Yes, believe it or not, some (employers) masters are gentle and kind to their employees (slaves).

Called Ones. His brief letter was addressed to Christians who were in danger of being deceived by false teachers (Jude 1:4). The Apostle Peter also warned us about them (2 Peter 2:1). Is it possible that you have been deceived by one or more of them (2 John 1:7-11)? Do you support them with your money?  How do you determine which ones are false and which ones are true teachers of the Word of God (1 John 4:1)? Do you evaluate them and their teachings by the Word of God (Acts 17:11). Do they twist the Scriptures to fit their own preconceived theories (2 Peter 3:16)? What does it mean to “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15)? What do you know about the different rules set forth in the Scriptures: the Mosaic Law, Grace teachings, and Kingdom truth? (Ask for a FREE “Dispensational Chart.”)  Not knowing which rules apply to you as a Christian could cause a lot of frustration in your life. It happened to me personally.  It also could cause your good works to be consumed like wood, hay, and straw (1 Corinthians 3:12).

Set Apart. Sanctification is a work of God whereby He uses the Word of God (i. e. the Scriptures) to cleanse the believer’s life and make him/her more like Jesus (Romans 8:29; Ephesians 5:26). It happens in three stages as does our salvation. The Scriptures act like a mirror so we can see ourselves the way God does. When necessary, each Christian should confess his known sins to God and then accept the family forgiveness that is available to all of God’s children. No one is born into this life as a child of God. We all start out life in the devil’s family (1 John 3:10; John 8:44).  We must be “born again from above” (John 3:3).  When this happens, we are taken out of the devil’s kingdom of darkness and placed in the kingdom of the Son of His love (Colossians 1:13).  What about you?  Who is your real father?

Preserved. The security of the true believer is a wonderful truth taught in the Scriptures (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 1:13, 14; 4:30). Do you have assurance of your salvation? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation once you get it (Ephesians 2:8, 9)? Your answer to this question could mean the difference between heaven and hell.  Don’t delay; make sure today (2 Peter 1:10)!

Mercy. It involves showing compassion toward those who are suffering (Philippians 2:27). God the Father has been gracious and merciful to us and demonstrated His concern for our plight by sending God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to this earth to die for our sins and rise again with a glorified body (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).

Peace. There’s peace “with” God that comes when we trust in Jesus as our personal Savior (Romans 5:1). But the peace “of” God is interrupted by the believer’s lawless behavior which is sin (1 John 3:4). Confessing our sins (1 John 1:9) puts us in neutral and doesn’t automatically restore our fellowship with God. We must walk in the light as He is in the light if we want to have fellowship with God and other believers (1 John 1:7).

Love. With God’s love Christians are able to seek the highest well being of others. It is produced in the lives of believers who are filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22, 23). It can be misdirected toward the things of this world rather than back to God and His children (1 John 2:15-17). We can use the world system but we’re not to abuse it (1 Corinthians 7:31). Do you know what the world system is? If not, ask us about it.

Destinies. Every person will spend eternity somewhere. It will either be with God or apart from Him forever in the lake of fire (Daniel 12:2; John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). Even aborted babies will be raised from the dead someday. Life begins at conception (Psalm 139:13).  Is abortion forgivable?  Yes!  God forgave Moses and King David of murder.  But they still suffered the governmental consequences of their sins (Numbers 20:12; 2 Samuel 12:13, 14).

Contend.  It’s not always easy to refute the false teachers who use flattery and worldly wisdom to entice their listeners (Colossians 2:8).  But those who study to show themselves approved to God and who rightly divide the Scriptures will be better equipped to help themselves and others who might be misled by false teachers (2 Timothy 2:15).  Would you like to feel secure in your position in Christ rather than being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14)?

Hostile World.  Until Christ returns we will find ourselves living in a hostile world that is dominated by the devil and evil doers (John 16:2; Ephesians 2:2). We all must do our best to share the Gospel with unbelievers so they can/will be saved when they believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for their sins…and rose again bodily from the grave.

Helpers.  Likewise, older Christians should help younger Christians so they don’t get deceived by false teachers who would try to steal the joy of the Lord from them.  If you’re a maturing Christian, let God use your past victories to encourage others (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

Free.  Jesus said,  “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). To His Father He prayed, “Sanctify [believers] by Your truth. Your Word is truth” (John 17:17).

Questions.  If you have questions about your personal relationship with God and are unsure of your eternal destiny, call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com.

 

 

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