These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.
Jude goes on to use words other than “ungodly” to describe unbelievers and false teachers. In my opinion, the most important thing is that they follow their sinful desires without restraint. These desires are summarized as the love of the flesh, love of the eyes and pride of life in 1John 2:16.
Jude then reveals their underlying motivation to teach falsely while pursuing their own desires – for their own advantage. Paul also warns about this in 2Tim 4:3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions. Such may be financial or influential benefits that the false teachers stand to gain when followers flock to them.
Believers, though having the Holy Spirit, still struggle with our sinful desires. The difference is that we have the holy spirit in us to provide restraint in us. We are to submit to it. Which of the 3 desires as mentioned in 1Jo 2:16 do you struggle with?
“My biggest desire is the pride of life. As an ex-national runner, what fueled me was my self-glory and pride. All decisions I made were geared towards getting ahead in this “game” to make myself faster, better and more superior. As I am given a new life in Christ, I still find myself struggling to curb this desire to glorify myself other than Christ.
This Christmas, as I think of his incarnation, I pray that God will help me keep my eyes fixed on him and to seek his glory in all I do.”
How about you?
I utilize the COMA method in my Bible Studies.
Jude Book introduction by Grace to You