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.”
The keyword here is “ungodly”, repeated 4 times in this one verse. It used to describe the false teachers and all who do not believe in Jesus. The 2 actions listed here are their “deeds” and “words” against God. As a result, God promises to execute judgment against them. What makes one godly beckons to the reader?
The sequence is important. One is made godly by faith in Jesus Christ. When we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we are immediately counted as godly in God’s eyes because the blood of Jesus covers us in His righteousness. True faith in Him will result in words and deeds opposite to what we used to express before salvation. We do not and cannot earn salvation (ie. become godly) by doing godly things.
We were all once ungodly and deserving judgement. How do you feel to be saved from that?
“This verse is a stark reminder that every word that I say will be judged. It reminds me of my life before I came to Christ and all the countless ungodly things I have done and said against my Lord Jesus Christ. I very well deserve the judgment that this verse mentions but thanks to God for giving me a new birth and faith in him. I thank Him as Paul did in 1Tim 1:13, that I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief. This Christmas, I am reminded of the reason he came to this world, to die for those who believe in Him.”
How about you?
I utilize the COMA method in my Bible Studies.
Jude Book introduction by Grace to You