Jude 4–7 (ESV)
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.
The passages from the last several
days have been warning of false teachers. Today’s passage speaks of the consequences of those actions. The consequences are not good. I find it interesting (and correct) that Jude states that it was Jesus who saved the Israelites in
Egypt and Jesus who destroyed the unbelieving Isrealites out in the desert. This is placing Jesus in the Old Testament and refuting the idea that Jesus did not exist until he was born in Bethlehem. Jesus was present also at the creation of the
world. This passage also talks about what happened to the angels who fell away (now demons). They are being held until Judgement Day.
This passage is also not politically correct when it speaks
of the people in Sodom and Gomorrah (and surrounding cities) indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. As Christians know, Heaven is very real, but so is Hell. But
wait! This is the New Testament speaking out against homosexuality! So does Romans 1:26-28. It is Jude who is issuing this warning and the consequences. In today’s world, Christians are viewed as judgmental and self-righteous.
If we are labeled this because we believe in God’s Word, then so be it. If we are labeled this way because we think we are better than them and treat them with hatred, then shame on us. God loves all people and wants all men to be saved.
We to are to love our enemies and our neighbors, but not their sins. We all are to repent of our sins and to want to do better. We all need Christ, but there is serious consequences for rejecting Jesus and his work on the Cross. We need to
live with compassion, but proclaim God’s Word in truth. It should weigh heavy on our hearts what awaits for them. Our love for what Christ has done for us is what motivates us to spread the Gospel. I pray: Lord, Heaven and Hell
are very real, help me to take advantage of all opportunities to share the love of Christ with ALL people. Help us to defend God’s Word, yet operate with compassion. Amen!