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Esta página es un devocional diario. Estudiará un capítulo de la Biblia durante 5 días, una sección a la vez. Luego pasará a otro capítulo durante 5 días. Incluye un versículo para memorizar.

Jude

 

Memory verse: Jude 22-23

 

There were 2 apostles named James (Matthew 10:2-3). Jesus had a half-brother named James (Matthew 13:55, Matthew 27:56, Galatians 1:19). It is believed it was this James who was the leader in Acts 15:13 and Acts 21:18. John’s brother James had been killed earlier (Acts 12:2). It was the Lord’s brother Paul referred to in his epistles (1Corinthians 15:7, Galatians 2:9 & 12). It was this James’ brother who wrote the book of Jude (Matthew 13:55, Jude 1). Jude did not believe in his brother at first (John 7:3-5).

The book of Jude is very much like 2Peter chapter 2:

   False teachers which snuck in: 2Peter 2:1, Jude 4

   Denying the Lord: 2Peter 2:1, Jude 4

   The angels that sinned were cast down: 2Peter 2:4, Jude 6

   God made Sodom and Gomorrah an example: 2Peter 2:6, Jude 7

   They walk after  their own lusts: 2Peter 2:10, Jude 16

   They despise authority: 2Peter 2:10, Jude 8

   Angels do not bring railing accusation: 2Peter 2:11, Jude 9

   They speak as brute beasts about things they do not know and corrupt themselves: 2Peter 2:12,

      Jude 10

   They are spots in our feasts: 2Peter 2:13, Jude 12

   They followed the greedy way of Balaam: 2Peter 2:15, Jude 11

   They are without water: 2Peter 2:17. Jude 12

   They are clouds driven by the wind: 2Peter 2:17, Jude 12

   The speak great swelling words: 2Peter 2:18, Jude 16

 

Day 1 – earnestly contend for the faith

Verses 1-4

We are sanctified (made holy, separated and consecrated to God) and preserved (kept, guarded, attended carefully, watched) in Jesus Christ. Jude was going to write about the common salvation. It was widespread. Tertullian, who is considered a father of the doctrine of the trinity, wrote a paper against the doctrine of the oneness of God and a main proponent of it in his day named Praxeas. This was about 210 A.D., about 150 years after the apostles. In this paper he complained the majority of believers rejected the doctrine of the trinity. The apostolics were the majority. How much more was that the case when Jude wrote? Yet he had to set aside other topics to tell the church to earnestly content for the original doctrine delivered by the apostles. There were already false teachers coming into the church teaching that you can sin, because grace will cover it. They were denying the oneness doctrine. How much more do we need to contend for the faith today?

 

Day 2 – they kept not their first estate

Verses 5-10

We need to remember that we can lose out with God. Jude gives 2 examples of how those that once were blessed by God were judged and lost when they fell into sin. The Israelites whom God brought out of Egypt were later destroyed. The angels that sinned were cast down. God forever made an example out of Sodom and Gomorrah for their sexual sins  (Isaiah 1:9 with Romans 9:29, Isaiah 1:10-20, Isaiah  3:9, Isaiah  13:19, Jeremiah 23:14, Jeremiah 49:17-18, Jeremiah 50:40, Lam entations 4:6, Amos 4:11, Habbakuk  2:15-16, Zephaniah 2:9, Matthew 10:15, Matthew 11:23-24, Mark 6:11, Luke 10:12, Luke 17:29, 2Peter 2:2, and Jude 5-19). Grace is not a license to sin. Not only do false teachers bring false doctrine, they bring immorality and rebellion. When Michael the archangel contented with the devil, he did not rail against him; but these men are not afraid to run their mouths from their carnal mind about things they do not even know.

 

Day 3 – spots in your feasts of charity

Verses 11-16

False teachers are like Cain who killed his brother out of hate and jealousy (Genesis 4). They are like Balaam who took money to preach false doctrine (Numbers 22-24). They are like Korah who rose up against Moses the man of God (Numbers 16). They are like spots among God’s people - hidden obstacles under the water such as rocks or reefs that will damage a boat and sink it. They sit among us in our times of worship and fellowship with fear, acting like they belong. They are like clouds that promise rain, but do not deliver, blown about with every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14). They are trees which bear no fruit, and are twice dead. They were dead in sins once already, and now are back there again. They are wild, violent waves that foam out their own shame. They are stars moved out of place, doomed to eternal darkness. Enoch prophesied God would come to judge them. They complain about God, speaking immoderate and extravagant words. They flatter men for their own gain, and play politics in church.

 

Day 4 – praying in the Holy Ghost

Verses 17-21

The church had already been warned by the apostles that such men would come (Acts 20:29-31). They form cliques and sow division. They are given to carnal things, not filled with the Holy Ghost. Like a builder adds on to the construction of a building, we are to build ourselves up on our faith (Acts 20:32, 1Corinthians 3:10-14, Ephesians 2:20, Colossians 2:7). We do this by praying in the Holy Ghost (Romans 8:26-27, 1Corinthians 14:4). We must keep ourselves in the love of God which is in our hearts by the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:5), and stay focused on eternity.

 

Day 5 – making a difference

Verses 22-26

On those who are suffering, we have compassion like Jesus did (Matthew 9:36, Matthew 14:14, Matthew 15:32, Matthew 20:34). However, we must use discretion, and not let people take advantage of us. That is what making a difference means here. It does not mean  having a good impact on people. Others need to be saved with fear, making them realize they are on the way to hell. Preaching about hell may be out of style for some, but Jesus and the apostles preached about it. If we don’t talk about hell, how can we talk about heaven? We should hate the way sin defiles us, and be holy. God is able to keep us from stumbling, and present us to Himself without blemish in His glory with great joy (Ephesians 5:27). To Him be glory forever.

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