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12/17 Jude

Jude is the writer of this short book and is the brother of James.  He writes a warning about godless men who are among us.  They are identified as those that change the grace of God into a license for immorality and they deny Jesus.  Then he goes on to site examples of this from the past.

4For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

5Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. 6And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

8In the very same way, these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings.

If you know of people like this you would be wise to avoid them. God calls us to fellowship with other believers and not fellowship with the ungodly.  While we should befriend the unbeliever to help lead them to God, we should not let them sway us towards their own beliefs or lack of.

This will be the last blog post on Reading the New Testament.  We still have the book of Revelations to read.  Hope you all enjoyed this quick read through the New Testament.

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment