Jude 1:17-19 The Last Days

Jude 1:17-19 (KJV)
But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

Notice the characteristics the Apostles prediction of the lasts days:

Mockers
Deriders, scoffers. It is interesting that one definition is false teachers. Those who mock use peer pressure to teach others to be like them. 

Walking after own lusts
Doing what is right in their own eyes. Having no submission to authority, rule or tradition. 

Separate themselves 
They are individualistic. They reject community. 

Sensual 
Given over to gross passions. The definition include sensitive. They are dominated by their feelings and rebel against rebuke and instruction. 

Having not the Spirit 
The result of such characteristics or rather the cause. 

Our problem is not the corrupt nature. Our problem is that we reject the Work of God in us so the nature, already corrupt, is left to itself. The answer is not to call people to stop all the former. The answer is to call them to faith in Christ and surrender to the Spirit. 

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Isaiah 40:20 Be Careful of Cunning

Isaiah 40:20 (KJV)
He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.

I’ll need to be careful not to over stress my thought today, but I saw a contrast in this passage between the workers of religion and the servants of the Lord. 

Notice that the impoverished person[1]finds a cunning workman to prepare his false god. The craftsman is skilled, talented, trained but he is all of that on his own. He is a creation of human genius. What he makes is perhaps impressive but it is powerless. 


The servant of the Lord is no craftsman. He is saved, filled with the Holy Spirit and commissioned for his calling but he is powerless on his own. What he accomplishes is the result of God using him. 

  • The religious one uses skill to draw impoverished souls into idolatry. 
  • The spiritual one is used of God to rescued perishing souls to heaven. 

[1]I think it would be best for us to view this as spiritual poverty, especially in our own day. The spiritually impoverished go to the wrong sources for their faith.

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2 John 1:11 Whom Do We Support?

2 John 1:11 (KJV)
For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Paul taught us that, when we support a preacher’s ministry, we become part of that ministry and share in its fruits. 

Philippians 4:16-17
For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

This passage indicates that the opposite is equally true; when we encourage, even in something as small as sending them on their way with our best wishes; in some way the heretic, the divider, the one who walks contrary to what the Bible teaches (especially in regard to Jesus) we becomes a partaker (participant) in their evil deed. 

As some Christians put too little stock in the former, so too so many with the latter. 

  • More support should be given to the faithful man of God
  • Much less encouragement should be given to the one who has departed from our ranks. 

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1 John 5:7-8 There Is Agreement

1 John 5:7-8 (KJV)
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

Verse seven is so well known (though controversial in some circles) and so easily understood that I am afraid we give little attention to verse eight. I aim to remedy that today.

The Bible teaches that things are established at the mouth of two or three witnesses. This verse tells us that the witnesses of the truth of Scripture concerning the godhead are three. 

The Spirit
Who is unquestionably the Holy Spirit and bears witness to our spirit that these things are so. My real work, as a believer, is to help others get in touch with what they already know to be true. God has already witnessed to them. It’s just that the influences of this world have shoved that witness into the recesses of their soul. 

The water
Some people consider this to be Jesus’ baptism. There are few events in the Bible with more significance than His baptism. All three Persons of the Godhead are there. I think a case could be made that water speaks of His birth. The virgin birth, like His baptism, is key to doctrinal integrity. 

The blood
There should be little doubt but that this is His death, burial and resurrection. 

1 John 5:8 says these three agree in one. They bear the same testimony. They confirm the deity of Christ and the doctrine of the Trinity. 

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Isaiah 36:1 History Is…

Isaiah 36:1 (KJV)
Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the defenced cities of Judah, and took them.

The Assyrian threat had begun years before it became a reality. Isaiah had prophesied concerning it during the reign of Ahaz. It did not happen until Hezekiah was king. My thought today is simply how much worse things would have been had Ahaz still been king. 

Truly, history is the providence of God written in the notebook of man. Jerusalem would eventually be overtaken but it would not be now and it would not be by the Assyrians. God dictated these affairs to inform us of His rule, even in the most certain of matters. Sennacherib had no reason to believe he could be stopped. Hezekiah had no reason to believe he would be spared. But God spared him just the same. 

A believing soul has no reason to ever let the course of this world influence his faith. 

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