Jude 17–23 (ESV)
A Call to Persevere
But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people,
devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on
those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.
Jude has spoken about those who chose wrong and has spoken
about the seriousness and repercussions of those decisions. Now he gives guidance to the believers (the beloved). He refers to us as “beloved,” and this is the fourth time in a book that is so short it doesn’t have chapters.
The “beloved” are the believers. Jude is giving a strong reminder, and a prediction of the Apostles, that there will be many scoffers, following their own ungodly passions in the “last time” or end times. These are the ones
devoid or without the Holy Spirit. What food does he give us (the beloved) to digest? To build yourselves up in holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keeping yourselves in the love of God, waiting (patiently) for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is our task as Christians. To build ourselves up is to study God’s Word. Read and digest the Bible. Don’t let it be a dust collector. The Bible is the number one selling book in America and the least read book. Also,
to often Christians can be condemning to others. We certainly have reason to be condemning on unbelievers, but how effective will we be in sharing the Gospel. We need to act with compassion. Jude speaks a little deeper how we are to treat
people. Jude states: 22 “And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.” So you see, we are to reach out to others.
It’s not a suggestion. I pray: Lord help me in this troubled world to build my self and others up in faith, praying, staying in the love of God, and waiting patiently for Jesus return. Help me to reach out and share the Gospel effectively
to others. Help me to fear and love God so that I do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it. Amen.