Brad Libolt speaking on Jude 14 – 16. He spoke on spiritual malpractice and its effect on spiritual lives. He reminded us of our ungodliness and what it means to live and godly life.
- I heard a story a few weeks ago about a man who was experiencing really bad headaches. Instead of going to a doctor, he went to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist diagnosed him with mad cow disease. Mad cow disease is incurable, and it kills slowly. After hearing the news, he went home and committed suicide in front of his family. The coroners collected his body and did an autopsy on his brain, and found no signs of mad cow disease.
- The psychiatrist was wrong, and it cost this man his life. This is medical malpractice, it happens all the time. The psychiatrist seemed like a reasonable person to go to, but he was nowhere near qualified enough to give that kind of diagnosis.
- There is spiritual malpractice as well. False teachers can give people false diagnoses that cause them to commit spiritual suicide.
- In high school, I went deer hunting with a friend who wasn’t a Christian. He asked me that if he accepted Christ a while ago, but then does his own thing and doesn’t really do what the Bible says, would he still be saved? I told him that as long as he accepted Christ once he was good, that what he did after that didn’t matter. I knew what I was saying was wrong, but what came out of my mouth was spiritual malpractice.
- If we truly accept Christ then our lifestyle will change. What if the lie I told my friends caused him to commit spiritual suicide? These are false gospels, and people devote their lives to them based on a false diagnosis, spiritual malpractice, and they commit spiritual suicide.
- Jude is urging the church to contend for the faith, to fight for truth, and to trust in God’s judgment. These false teachers and people who deny Christ and pervert the grace of God are going to facet divine judgment.
14 It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying,
- The “these” that Jude is referring to are the false teachers, these false teachers are who Enoch prophesied about.
- Who is Enoch? He is the seventh from Adam. He only comes up three times in the entire Bible, here, Hebrews 11:5, and Genesis 5:21-24. All we know about Enoch from the Bible is that he was 65 when he had his son Methuselah, he walked with God for 300 years and after that, at the age of 365 God took him.
- The quotation from Jude doesn’t come from the Bible, it comes from a non-canonical book called 1 Enoch. Now this is weird, but it should not concern us for three reasons.
- 1. Jews would have read literature other than the Hebrew Scriptures. This literature would have been well known, and seen as useful and helpful, not heretical.
- 2. The quote from 1 Enoch is itself a quote from various places in the Bible. Similar language and ideas come from Deuteronomy 33:2, Zechariah 14:5, Isaiah 66:15-16, Psalm 68:17, Daniel 7:10. What is quoted from 1 Enoch isn’t a new concept or idea, it is a theme that is seen throughout the entirety of the Bible.
- 3. The Bible is the inspired word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16 says that “All scripture is God breathed…” It says “All scripture” and makes no reference to the authors or where the authors got their material. The Bible as we have it, the scripture, God’s word, is inspired.
“Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, 15 to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
- God is coming with an army of angels, in all his glory, and he is going to execute judgment. But who is he executing judgment on? On ALL.
- Instead of living the life God created us for we chose sin. That decision cost us our life. Our sinfulness separated us from God, separated us from the life we were created to live. The wages of sin is death. Because of our sin we deserve death & judgment.
- Judgment has to happen because a crime has been committed, and that crime is sin. God is a just God, and he will deliver his justice on all who are guilty. And we are all guilty.
- Picture a court room and in the courtroom you are on trial for your sin. The verdict is clear, the punishment is death. But right before the judge declares you guilty, he gives you an option. He says that he will let his own son take the punishment for your sin, he will judge his own son instead of judging you. His own son will take your sin, guilt and death so that you can go free. All you have to do is accept it and you are free.
- You see we are all going to be judged. But there is a distinction in the quote from Enoch, notice it says God will execute judgment on all and convict the ungodly. You will either be convicted of your sin and ungodliness and be put to death, or the judge’s son will take your sin, take the conviction, and die in your place.
- Every single one of us has that choice. We can choose to accept the gift God has given us in his son Jesus Christ, or we can deny Jesus as Lord and suffer the penalty for our sin on our own.
- God is executing judgment on all and convicting the ungodly. What do these ungodly people look like? The ungodly are being convicted of their ungodly deeds, their ungodly ways, and their ungodly speech.
- Ungodly actions, thoughts, and words. To understand what ungodly actions, thoughts, and words are we need to know what godly actions, thoughts, and words are. The best example we have is Jesus Christ. Jesus’ deeds were godly, his thoughts were godly, and his words were godly. Jesus’ actions, thoughts, and words were godly, but I want to draw attention to just three things:
- 1. Jesus’ actions were acts of service. Jesus was the ultimate servant. He gave of his time, energy, and effort. He was constantly serving and giving of himself, that he gave of his own life. So an ungodly person doesn’t serve.
- 2. Jesus’ thoughts were kingdom thoughts. He had the kingdom of God on his mind all the time. He was constantly explaining the kingdom, pointing to the kingdom, and of course he was the king of this kingdom. Ungodly people don’t think about the kingdom.
- 3. Jesus’ words were loving. He showed compassion and cared for his people, he offered forgiveness and freedom with his mouth. He healed the lame and gave sight to the blind with words. His words were loving, even to the cross, calling out for God to forgive those crucifying him, because they didn’t know what they were doing. Jesus spoke love, and we should do the same. Ungodly people don’t speak love.
16 These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.
- These are the side effects for ungodly people. People that deny Jesus as Lord are grumblers, malcontents, and follow their own sinful desires. They boast about themselves, and they flatter others for their own advantage.
- Does reading this verse make you uncomfortable? I know it makes me uncomfortable! I complain, there are times when I am not content, I follow my sinful desires more than I would like to admit. I like to boast about myself more than I talk about others. I know I have showed favoritism selfishly, to get something for myself. And I know I’m not the only one in the room.
- Guys this is us. We all deserve judgment. We are all ungodly. This is a warning to the church to look out for false teachers but it is also a warning to us to not be a false teacher. Judgment is for all, the only thing that separates us from the ungodly is that are convicted is the blood of Jesus.
- The judgment we rightfully deserve was wrongfully poured out on Christ, he was killed in our place, so that we could have eternal life with God.
- Jesus did this because he was a servant, he did this because he was kingdom minded, and he did this because he loves us. The Son became ungodly on the cross so that you and I could be godly before the Father and indwelled with the Spirit.
- We are all ungodly. And we are all rightfully judged. But Jesus took that judgement, he was wrongfully convicted so you and I wouldn’t have to be. The death you and I rightfully deserve Jesus wrongfully suffered. But because of God’s great love for his ungodly people he sent his son to die in their place.
- Romans 5:6 says, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”