HS Week #19: Know & Protect the Gospel

Dave Williams speaking on Jude vs 5-7. He recapped what we have learned so far and discussed the job that we now have – to know the Gospel and protect it from being diminished. If we do not know or protect the Gospel, we and others will deter from the Gospel of Grace and get caught up in a gospel of distraction and discouragement.

Intro:Jude’s intent

  • 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.
  • God loves you and lives inside of you
  • Lastly, are we contending for the faith. Striving and laboring to believe that God is who He says he is and we are who he says we are.

The Text

 “For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. 5 Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day— 7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.” – Jude vs. 4 – 7

  • Jude indicates in verse 4 that certain people have crept in with the intent of perverting the grace of our God. It means that they were taking the Gospel of Grace—which is that God died on our behalf—and want to remove that or add things to that.
  • The job of every believer is to know the Gospel and then protect it from being diminished or things added to it.  
  •  Jude sees that the people that have crept in have introduced three notions that were used to try and detract from the Gospel.

#1: Just because you aren’t in Egypt doesn’t mean you are saved.

“5 Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.” – Jude vs 5 

  • Jude re-tells the story of when the Israelites left Egypt. Now we know that 600,000 Israelites left but many died in the wilderness. Why: because they acknowledged God but did not believe Him.They didn’t put their faith in Him.
  • So that leads us to our first point: Just because you aren’t in Egypt doesn’t mean you are saved.
  • The notion that my salvation was dependent on me doing better in life not that he came and died for my sins.
  • You are saved because Jesus came down and died for your sins and you recognized that you needed him to do that for you because you couldn’t do that yourself. That is why you are saved.

#2 Not respecting the limits of your position is also challenging God’s position in your life.

“6 And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—” – Jude vs 6

  • Now Jude gives us insight on a moment in time that angels were cast out of heaven. It is one of the rare times that we read about what happened in the heavens. We don’t know all what happen but we see the choice that they made: They didn’t want to stay in their position. They wanted something else. The result is for them is they were separated from God.
  • This leads us to the next point:  Not respecting the limits of your position is also challenging God’s position in your life. 
  • In verse 4 Jude says that God is Master and Lord. That is his position. If He is master then we should assume the role of servant. If his role is Lord we should assume the role of subjects. 
  • Master means that he is in complete command and control. He is the captain of the ship. 
  • Jesus, gives us a great example of what a perfect Master/servant role could look like when he referred to his relationship with God the Father in John 5: 19 –

    “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.”

  • It is like a dance. They are direct mirrors of each other. Because of sin we can’t obtain this perfect dance but we should strive close to this. That is being obedient to His leading and allowing him to be Master of your life.
  • Our job is to serve. His job is to lead.
  • So today do you find yourself in this dance with God or our you leading on your own?
  • Here is how you know: Anxiety and fear are ever-present. You know if you are not continually going to him for his counsel on your decisions. Let him lead.

#3 Being around sexual immorality is enough to be seen as pursuing it.

“7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.” – Jude vs 7

  • Those cities that he mentioned were known for living in total sin. But here is the interesting thing. There was a righteous family that lived there as well—Lot and his wife, & kids.
  • I find that people think that it is okay to be around those who are living immoral lives and that as long as they don’t partake in it they are fine. I have some that even think that them being there can actually help the situation. Both aren’t true.
  • Instead of being an influence on the world you will be influenced by it or seen as a part of it. 
  • Jesus never operated that way. Everywhere he went he shaped the culture of the city. It was clear that he was separate from he world. 
  • But here is something I have found to be true in my walk. That either I am influencing or being influenced. There really isn’t a middle ground. Either I fight to be the light that God calls me to be or not. 
  • Look what Christ says to His people in Matthew 5:14,

    “ You are the light of the world. A city set upon a hill can not be hidden. Again he wasn’t suggesting or saying you could be. He said you are.”

  • Why, because Christ is in you. People should see that the light of the world is in you.

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