#19 James 4:7-10

Jude 25

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to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Observation/ Meaning

Jude concludes the reason why Jesus keeps us from stumbling and presents us blameless to God. Why does Jesus do this for us? It is so that all glory goes to God the father who has been in sovereign authority before all time, and now, and forever. 

Westminster Confession of Faith states that Man’s primary purpose is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Indeed this is so.

Application

Do you see that the purpose of all that Christ does is to bring Glory to God the Father? Does that change the way you view things?

My Reflection:

It is important to understand that all things point to God the Father. God is not here to make our lives better so that we get ahead of our peers. No, it is truly for us to point back to the Father, the giver of all gifts. We often find joy in our gifts and not the giver, and in that I pray that God will help me rejoice in him as my sole source of joy. Christmas is a time to celebrate what Christ came to earth to do – to die for the sins for those who believe in him – to the ultimate glory of the Father. 

How about you?

I utilize the COMA method in my Bible Studies.

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Jude 24

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Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,

Observation/ Meaning

#5. Hold on to Christ.

The word “now” is a pivotal point in Jude’s letter. He appears to have reached his conclusion and this is his final statement. Jude makes it clear that Christ is truly the one who keeps us from stumbling on our journey on earth and brings us before God blameless. We need to hold on to Christ 

We are blameless only because Christ has taken upon all our sins at the cross. When Christ died on the cross and when we believe in Him, we are hidden in Him (Col 3:3) for eternity.

Application

How does understanding that it is Christ that is keeping you from stumbling and not yourself encourage you?

My Reflection:

“This is one of my favourite verses in the bible. It is a great reminder, that salvation for me is eternal and unshakeable. 

It is Christ who holds fast to me. It is Him who keeps me from stumbling. 

Jesus himself says in John 6:40 that everyone who looks on Him and believes in Him should have eternal life, and He will raise him up on the last day. 

My greatest joy is indeed being held by the saviour. There is nothing that I can do that can rip me out of His loving hands. This season, I just want to remember Christ’s incarnation that has made this possible.”

How about you?

I utilize the COMA method in my Bible Studies.

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Jude 23

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save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.

Observation/ Meaning

#4. To save those who might be deceived.

Again, he emphasizes showing mercy even in the midst of saving them from false teachings. Jude also gives the metaphor of “hating even the garment stained by the flesh”, implying that we must avoid being exposed to false teachings even as we save them from the “fire”.

Application

How can we save a friend entrenched in false teaching?

My Reflection:

“I think it is such a privilege for God to want to use us as his hands to reach out to not just the lost but also to those entrenched in false teachings. Scripture is helpful in telling us how – and that is by hearing the Word of Christ. Faith comes to the lost by hearing the word (Rom 10:17), so does knowledge and discernment to those misled by false teachings. This is such an encouraging reminder to preach the good news to those around me, especially in this Christmas season!”

How about you?

I utilize the COMA method in my Bible Studies.

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Jude 22

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 And have mercy on those who doubt;

Observation/ Meaning

#3. Jude advises us to have mercy. Mercy to friends and families who are under false teachers and risk being led astray. I think this means that we need to be empathetic to our peers who are in such circumstances. It is helpful to remember that they too may not be aware that they are being misled.

Nevertheless, Jude calls us to be merciful to them.

Application

Are you aware of people around you who may be under false teachings?

My Reflection:

“I think few of us are aware of the presence of false teachings, much less friends and family who are under such teachings. I myself was clueless until I read the new testament more comprehensively.

Jude’s reminder is a reminder to me that as I continue to grow in my knowledge of Jesus, I need to ensure that the knowledge does not make me arrogant, but rather to show mercy to those around me and to express grace while I share the truth of Jesus with them.”

How about you?

I utilize the COMA method in my Bible Studies.

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Jude 21

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keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

Observation/ Meaning

Jude gives us five practical ways to take to withstand false teachings. We are to take comfort in the fact that these are already foreknown by God, we are to build up our faith and to pray. Today, Jude gives us another two pointers.

#1. We are to keep ourselves in the love of God. It is critical to understand this, since we often find love outside of God. This can be in our career, possessions or even relationships.

#2. We are to wait. Christians wait for the second coming of Christ, or if they pass away before that, they will see Jesus face to face. Our waiting is unique in the sense that we wait for something that is guaranteed to happen, which is the second coming of Christ. 

Application

How are we waiting? Are we waiting while being in the love of God or do we find ourselves looking for love outside of God whilst we wait for His coming?

My Reflection:

“This verse made me take a hard look at myself. Am I truly waiting in the love of God? Oftentimes, I find myself fighting against my own fleshy desires to find joy in the gifts that he has given me – my family, career or possessions. Yet this is a solemn reminder that I need to keep myself in the love of God and not in my possessions as they will fade with the grass. This Christmas, I pray that God will help me wait faithfully in Him, rooting me in Mis love and His mercy.”

How about you?

I utilize the COMA method in my Bible Studies.

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Jude 20

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 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,

Observation/ Meaning

Jude now gives us another exhortation to withstand false teachers. Firstly, we sought comfort in knowing that the predictions had been made by the Apostles. The second is to build ourselves up in the most holy faith. This is the objective faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul in Colossians 1:9 also prays that we may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 

Thirdly, we are to be persistent in our prayers. Whenever we pray, we are praying in the Holy Spirit because, when we come to faith, the Holy Spirit dwells in us, and so when we pray, we are praying in the Holy Spirit. It’s a reminder that God is our sustainer, and we should not be self-dependent.

Application

Which of these 2 do you struggle with? Building yourselves in the faith or praying?

My Reflection: “I think all of us struggle to some extent in both of these disciplines due to the distractions from the world. But personally, prayer is harder for me. I enjoy unpacking the word and finding treasures in scripture, but often prayer is what I lack. This Christmas, as I remember what Christ came to earth for, I pray that he helps me grow in prayer and to rely more on Him for my needs.”

How about you?

I utilize the COMA method in my Bible Studies.

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Jude 19

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 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.

Observation/ Meaning

Jude is clear, the people who cause divisions are not those who stand firm and contend for the faith once and for all delivered to the saints, but the false teachers themselves who are devoid of the Spirit. It will be prudent at this juncture to apply this principle to other spheres in our lives. If we focus on the things of the world rather than on Jesus, our savior, we will cause division and conflict. Think of those conflicts you started or suffered from due to your own or others’ selfishness and worldly desires.

Application

How does your worldliness cause conflict in your life?

My Reflection:

“Jude’s assessment of events around me, and of myself, is accurate. Sometimes, I find myself the source of conflicts or divisions among my friends and family. The fundamental reason is I was worldly in that instance, fixated on my self ambition and pride. 

Father, help me be aware of my heart and help me not stray from your word. This Christmas, help me remember what your Son has done on the cross for me. Help me fix my eyes on you and to rejoice in my salvation.”

How about you?

I utilize the COMA method in my Bible Studies.

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