HS Week #20: Decision Based on Truth

Bria Connolly speaking on Jude vs 8-11.  She reminds us that we cannot let our feeling dictate truth. When we live off of instinct we miss out on the fullness that Jesus is offering his Church, allowing our feelings to take the place of truth. But when we submit to the authority of Christ we experience a fullness that our lives were intended for.

Jude 8-11

  • You are loved and worthy, because he says you are worthy
  • Understanding our common salvation
  • Appeal to contend for the faith
  • What we have seen in response

“Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said ‘The Lord rebuke you.’ But these people blaspheme all they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all they, like animals, understand instinctively. Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion.” Jude 8-11

  • False teaching comes in purposefully from people seeking to destroy the gospel, but also innocently by people who have good intentions but forget to be grounded in truth. That is why we need to recognize false teaching is urgent and it is for us. Not only do we need to recognize false teachers, we need to and know the truth so that we do not become them.
  • We see the roots of it rising up all around us. Take Mormonism.
  • Mormonism. Mormons trace their origins to the visions that Joseph Smith reported having, Smith said an angel directed him to a buried book written on golden plates containing the religious history of an ancient people. Smith published what he said was a translation of these plates in March 1830 as the Book of Mormon, named after Mormon, the ancient prophet–historian who compiled the book. On April 6, 1830, Smith founded the Church of Christ.
  • Go back to vs. 3 of Jude. “the faith that was once and for all delivered to the saints.” By the time Jude wrote his letter the truth about Jesus and salvation had been established in the teaching of the early church. Nothing more can be added to the scriptures, to what it means to be saved, because it has been delivered “once and for all”.
  • The result is grave when we make truth secondary to our feelings. This is what false teachers do, and this is what we are to be on guard for.

V. 9 is not a story that appears in the OT, but it is one that the Jude’s audience would have been familiar with. 

  • The purpose behind it, is that Michael understood his place within God’s design, and instead of speaking anything less, he simply says “The Lord rebuke you.”
  • Giving exclusive power and authority to Jesus Christ (vs.4 false teachers deny). Even the angels submit to Christ’s authority, and we should as well, trusting His word over whatever our feelings or instincts may tell us.
  • The best decisions are the result of truth, not feeling. The best life is lived under Christ’s authority, not our own.
  • That  is what Jude is trying to show the people here: “Trust God, not what you feel.” He is pleading that they would cling to truth. And that question is being asked of us, are we going to live under Christ’s authority or our own?
  • This can’t be our lives. As followers of Jesus we MUST put his truth as our first priority. The result is grave when the truth is secondary to our feelings. 
  • We must know that the best life, the life we were created for, is lived under Christ’s authority and not our own. And when we live like this, we get to live unafraid.

But when we don’t live like this, it says in v. 10 “these people blaspheme what they do not understand, they are destroyed by all they like unreasoning animals understand instinctively.”

  • The false teachers, the people who trust their own feelings over God’s truth and authority, he compares them to unreasoning animals.
  • Animal instinct, when to eat sleep run…determined off of the inner feeling innate in animals. Jude is saying we don’t have to live like this. Not only do we not have to, we NEED not to.
  • When we do we blaspheme the things we do not understand. Meaning, those that don’t live in the authority of God’s truth get frustrated by it.
  • They take a BIG God and try to make him small, choosing to base their thoughts off of what “seems” right. That’s why we see so many messed up things in people’s theologies.
  • Don’t choose to walk blindly. Don’t live off of your instinct, like you are an animal. You’re not, and God has given you the ability to search his word and know his truth, so that you don’t have to live in lies, and you don’t have to go just based off your feeling. You have someone far greater than yourself to tell you what is real. 
  • And that brings us to Jude’s next example.

Numbers 16:1-11 

  • These verses indicate that the responsibilities and privileges of serving as a gatekeeper went beyond the duties that one would normally expect. The sons of Korah, these faithful servants of God were given very serious responsibilities for the security of the house of God.
  • But they didn’t see the worth that God had given them, the truth of who he said they were. And so they wanted the priesthood. 
  • They felt devalued and so they wanted what Moses had. They didn’t want to believe what God had said about them, they felt they needed more. They chose to follow their feelings, their instincts, over the truth that was available to them.
  • The result is grave when the truth comes secondary to our feelings – the earth swallows them up.
  • The results are just as grave for us. When we let false teaching creep in, when we let our feelings win out over what God has said we lose who we are created to be. We lose the true story of life – we miss out on the fullness that Jesus is offering us with his Church…our feelings have taken the place of truth.
  • When we know that our friend does not know the gospel of Jesus Christ, but we feel that we will be seen as weird if we share it with them, so we stay silent…our feelings have taken place of truth.
  • And the results are grave. Our true identity is on the line. Life that we were created for is on the line. Eternity is on the line. We must choose truth over our feelings and instincts. We must know the truth, we must open it, we must seek it relentlessly. 
  • The truth is that God breathed life. We felt like we wanted to know good and evil, so we chose a lie over the truth. We chose what we felt over who He is.
  • Even in spite of that Jesus came into our time and space, he became man so that he could show us a whole new way to live, then he died. He died for every moment that we choose lies over the truth. He died for every moment we would trust our feelings over him – and then he rose, conquering death. He rose, giving us his Holy Spirit to speak the truth to us in every moment.
  • That the truth is that God is worth every ounce of our attention. The gospel is worth choosing over how we feel. The truth is that you could search the whole world over and there will never be a feeling that matches up to the truth of Jesus Christ.

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