Avoiding Apostasy and False Teaching
Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 4,5; Psalms 115, 116; Jude
Today’s Key Passage – Jude 17-25
Jude was the brother of James and the half brother of Jesus. (Mary and Joseph were the parents of both James and Jude.) In his short book, Jude tackles two topics that were as problematic for the early church as they are today. First, he warns against false teachers. Then, he discusses apostasy, or turning away from God. As we read his book, we find six practical tips that we can apply today as we attempt to avoid the same pitfalls that plagued the early church.
Building – “build yourselves up in your most holy faith” (Vs. 20) – As followers of Christ, we need to constantly be building our character. We know that this is a lifelong process, and that our building will not end until the day Jesus returns. While we will not reach the “destination” in this life, we must always strive to be progressing forward. One of the best ways to build ourselves up in our faith is through the daily reading of God’s Word. The more we know of God, the more we will progress.
Praying – “pray in the Holy Spirit.” (Vs. 20) – We all know that prayer is important. We pray with our minds and we pray with our hearts, but so often, we may miss out on praying in the Spirit. When we pray with the power of the Holy Spirit, we will worship God wholeheartedly. We will also ensure that we are asking for things in line with His will.
Keeping – “Keep yourselves in God’s love” (Vs. 21) – To keep ourselves in God’s love, we must live a life close to God and close to His church. As we press in closer to God and His elect, we will become more obedient to Him and will continue to grow in our faith.
Waiting – “as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” (Vs. 21) – Sometimes obedience to God means waiting patiently for Him. We know the promises that God has made to us through His Word, and we know that God never lies. We will receive the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ and we will receive eternal life with Him. We can wait expectantly for God’s promises to be fulfilled.
Working – “Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” (Vss. 22-23) – Even though we are waiting to receive God’s mercy and eternal life, He does not want us to wait while sitting on our hands. We should be actively working for His purposes. Sometimes that means having mercy on others or helping those who are struggling. Other times it means saving the lost and helping them find God. As we work for the Kingdom, we must be careful not to compromise on our beliefs or on God’s standards for living. We are to hate the sin, but love the sinner.
Praising – “To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!” (Vss. 24-25) – The final piece of the puzzle is praise. We are to praise God in all things. He alone keeps us from turning away from Him. He alone keeps us from believing false teaching. He alone allows us to appear blameless before His glory. He alone gives us joy.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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