Jude 16

Text

These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.

Observation/ Meaning

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.

Application

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 Reflection:

“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

Published by mokyingren

Running to Truth.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: