Dave Williams continuing through the book of Jude. He moves forward with verse three, discussing common salvation and the importance of knowing that it has preserved and delivered us. Reminding us to constantly ask ourselves the question, “how much does the Gospel shape our lives?” – forcing us to remember what God has done for us.
- Jude is watching as the church is being attacked from both inside and outside.
- Outside the church attacks only strengthen it. However, inside the church attacks have the potential to decimate it.
- Remember the word “appeal” is more of a command. It means to be summoned.
“Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.”
- Two words: Beloved and saints.
- Beloved: You are worthy of being loved.
- Saints: which means that God is living inside of you and that you have been set apart. He is with us everywhere we go. This should change the way we think, act, and speak.
- You are worthy of being loved. The reason for this we need to talk about tonight.
- The word worth means it is deserving of a specific recognition or value.
- The object—the thing that is seen as worthy—is only worthy to the ones that deem it so. The object itself has no inherent worth.
- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You are worth loving because God says you are valuable to him. No other reason. Not by what you do or not do. You are worthy because He says so.
- Let’s look at the words after beloved, “although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, . . .”
- He starts with a conjunction: although. Which means in-spite of the facts. For example, you can say although the sun is shining it is not warm. It implies that the first phrase should impact the second but it doesn’t.
- He is saying although I was eager to write you about our common salvation—which implies that this common salvation is what should be apart of our everyday language— I can’t.
- Now why is that important, because that “common salvation” should be the thing that drives us, impacts our decisions, shapes our hearts, and transforms our lives.
- It says that Jude was eager to write about this. That word eager actually means to explain it every way possible.
- So what he was actually saying was, “To those worthy of God’s love, although what I want to write in every different way possible is about our common salvation.”
- I want the gospel to radically transform and change your life. How much does the Gospel shape your EVERY DAY life?
- That word common means to belong equally to several. I have said this before but it bears repeating: The Gospel is the greatest equalizer.
- This word asks us to see each other as equals in Christ. Why is that important: If we are equally loved, equally saved, and equally important to Christ shouldn’t we then be equally as valuable to each other?
- If we lived that way then there wouldn’t be strangers. We would pursue community at all costs.
- The greatest gift to the world is salvation through Christ and the bi-product of it is a unified body of believers.
- We should be, as Jude was eager, to communicate the Gospel through our words, how we treat each other, how we treat those who don’t believe, how we interact with God, and how we view ourselves.
- The Gospel is to get so common it is like the air we breath. It is our everything. So again, I ask how is the Gospel shaping your life?
- Salvation is actually a word used to describe three distinct words: Saved, Preserved, and Delivered.
- The first distinction is saved. Ask yourself this question: What did God save you from? Every time you forget the answer to that question the potential of not allowing the Gospel to shape your life is high.
- This is what happened to the children of Israel. They forgot what it was that God saved them from.
- See I know that God saved me from an eternal life without Him destine for eternal flames. I know that he saved me from a past that was filled with pain that I caused others and mistakes that had enormous consequences. He saved me from a lot.
- When you see it more clearly you will find yourself thanking God for the saving power of His son! You will thank him for salvation.
Preserved (1st Peter 1)
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
- The Gospel preserves us. It serves as a bubble of sorts that even though our life doesn’t always reflect a saved and sanctified soul we are preserved until we get to Heaven.
- We should take great comfort in that when we fail or make mistakes God’s salvation doesn’t go away. It’s once and for all. We are preserved in Him and no one or nothing can take that gift away.
- So when we do fail we need to remind ourselves that God’s gift of salvation is still sufficient. When we declare that in our lives, the Gospel begins to shape our lives more as well.
- The word delivered means to bring someone from another place and to lead them out. That is what God did.
- Open to Phil 2:5 “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped.”
- Think about this – Jesus was in perfect unity with God, the Father and Spirit. Up to this point they have always been seen as one. It was the Elohim God in the OT that was on display up to the point where Christ came down.
- He left that for you.
- Imagine, if you were at your perfect vacation spot. For me it’s on a beach somewhere warm with my wife and two kids. But I only take one vacation a year. So it is incredibly valuable time for me. Now imagine giving that up so that someone else can go.
- That pales in comparison to what Christ did. But he sacrificed perfection and unity so we could have it.
- So again how much does the Gospel, his sacrifice shape your life? When we remember what He sacrificed, the Gospel becomes more evident in our lives and begins to change how we live our lives.
- Remember, remind yourselves early and often of what God has done. He saved you, preserves you, and delivers you.