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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Jude 1:17-19 The Last Days

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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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2 John 1:11 Whom Do We Support?

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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 33:12 The Shepherd and the Sheep

Though he must maintain his priority of office, it is understandable if he steps back into the role of a sheep from time to time.

Isaiah 33:12 (KJV)
And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.

The circumstance of this passage is a prayer of dependence upon God in the face of Assyrian threats. I can’t imagine the terror Jerusalem must have been under as they watched Assyria defeat and dispatch northern Israel into oblivion. They would have been certain this would be their fate. 

Except for God. 

Was it arrogant of them to believe God would do for them what He did not do for their brethren? Of course Jerusalem disagreed with Israel. They had rebelled against the throne in Israel. They had set up their own systems of worship. Were they so wrong God would destroy them? More importantly was Jerusalem so right God would save them?

Into this environment the prophet offers the Word of God. He provides them with a direction for prayer. But in the middle of his sermon he switches from the first person to the third. “Be thou their arm every morning.” He switched from teaching them what to pray to praying himself. 

The preacher is in a unique situation. As the preacher he is to remain detached, he seeks to please God rather than men. He is God’s spokesman to the flock. But he is also one of the flock. Though he must maintain his priority of office, it is understandable when he steps back into the role of a sheep from time to time.

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Isaiah 33:12 The Shepherd and the Sheep

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Isaiah 32:1 Just Who Is This King?

Isaiah 32:1 (KJV) Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. Just who is this king? The most immediate answer would be Hezekiah, the righteous king who replaced Ahaz. I, however, agreed with John Gill. The result of his reign could not have fully produced the fruit given in the context. A man shall be a hiding place This must be a reference to our Saviour as He is our hiding place from the judgment against sin. The eyes of them that see Jesus gave sight to the blind. But more than that, He enabled that the seeing could see the truth and that the hearing would hear the Word. The heart of the rash to understand People who have little of this world’s refinements have come to Christ, been born again and received incredible understanding of the Word of God. The tongue of the stammering speaking plainly Too many preachers than I can count were introverts and incapable of leading before God saved and then called them This is a prophecy concerning Christ. It may have an immediate application to Hezekiah but the message God preserved forever is the one concerning Jesus.   To my readers: First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments. For this and more than 4400 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others. For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com. My books are available at: My author spotlight at Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie My author Page for Kindle/Amazon http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

Isaiah 32:1 Just Who Is This King?

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1 John 1:5-10 The Condition of Fellowship With God

1 John 1:5-10 (KJV)
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Verses 5-10 come together as a full thought. The message received and then declared is right here. We might think of the rest of the book as an application of this message. It is a message of fellowship with God and the condition of cleansing in Christ’s blood.

The situation with a man and sin is this:
We yet deal with sin
That which separates our fellowship with God is not that we still live in a sinful body but that we would try to deny it.

When we are honest about our sin Jesus cleanses and saved us from the sin
Our fellowship with God is free when we remain honest about our nature.

We will wrestle with a sin nature all the while we are in this world
By confessing it and being forthright with God concerning it we maintain a holy walk with the light.

To deny that we ever were sinners is a denial of the need of salvation
This one is destined for condemnation so long as he denies sin.

 

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1 John 1:5-10 The Condition of Fellowship With God

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2 Peter 3:5-6 Ignorance

2 Peter 3:5-6 (KJV)
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

This sounds like it was hand written for our day. This world is not ignorant but willingly ignorant of those things that are key to life and godliness:

  • Creation
  • The Flood
  • Judgment of God

These simple but foundational principles have been passed down almost inherently in our genes. We know them to be true because:

  • We have the Word of God
  • We have the witness of the Holy Spirit
  • We have placed within us the consciousness of this truth

Those who reject the Lord do so willingly, consciously. They design schemes to replace what they inherently know to be true. They build walls to remove themselves from those who speak the truth. They set up heroes to trust in rather than the truth. Our modern educational system leads the way in this willing ignorance. It is advanced through science. It is lauded in the arts.

Those who know the truth choose to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ instead.

 

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2 Peter 3:5-6 Ignorance

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2 Peter 2:1 Yet Unsaved

2 Peter 2:1 (KJV)
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

There is a piece of doctrinal truth buried in this verse that has to be understood in order to get the rest of the chapter; even those false teachers have been bought by the Lord. His blood was shed for them.

  • His death
  • His burial, yes even
  • His resurrection

was for them. When He was on the cross they were on His mind. He bore their sins in His own body when He suffered on the cross. The full price of all their sins has been paid.

Yet they will still see destruction. They are still condemned. All the torments of eternal hell await them. Why? Because even though they are religious and even though they know the message of Christ; even though every sin they have ever or will ever commit is covered by His blood, they are yet unsaved.

The Bible says they have denied the Lord that bought them. The context of the chapter tells us that their denial is not in word, probably not in works, but in faith. The conclusion of the chapter is that they are like a dog that returns to his vomit or a pig that returns to its wallow. They have never been born again. They have never become a new creature in Christ.

In things eternal, it matters little what we say or what we do. The whole issue is settled in faith.

 

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2 Peter 2:1 Yet Unsaved

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2 Peter 1:2-3 Fuller Knowledge

2 Peter 1:2-3 (KJV)
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

The concept of knowledge, in one form or the other, is a focal subject of this chapter.

Thayer says that the sort of knowledge addressed in these two verses is that of things ethical and divine.

John Gill writes of this knowledge, “…to be understood, not of a natural, but of a spiritual and evangelical knowledge; of a knowledge of God, not as the God of nature and providence, but as the God of all grace, as in Christ, and a covenant God in him, and of the person, offices, and grace of Christ; and which designs true faith in him.”

Robertson’s Word Pictures defines this as “full knowledge” and places it in contrast with the Gnostics of that day – heretics whose system of belief held that only those with a special knowledge could be saved. Rather than being a mystical knowledge released from within through meditation (think Eastern Mysticism) the knowledge that multiplies grace and peace; the knowledge that provides access to all things that pertain unto life and godliness is found in a relationship with God through Jesus.

We do not find grace and peace, life and godliness through unlocking some spiritual thing within us. We obtain them through a fuller and complete fellowship with God.

 

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2 Peter 1:2-3 Fuller Knowledge

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1 Peter 5:1-2 Local Church Element

1 Peter 5:1-2 (KJV)
The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

It has been a focus of mine, this time through my New Testament, to look for the local church in the epistles of the Bible not generally viewed that way:

  • Hebrews
  • James and now
  • 1 Peter

all obviously have a local church element.

This, of course, does not mean they were intended to be used by just one local church. The Epistles to the Corinthians, Ephesians, and even to Titus, Philemon and Timothy were all written to a specific audience. But, under the supervision of God, they have purpose for a much broader audience.

The elders among you” can easily refer to elders or pastors of various congregations. “Feed the flock of God” requires a local church interpretation. A flock would be specific, local and even limited. Individual flocks might be of various sizes but they would, no doubt, have a finite number.

Our presumptions about the Bible so often cloud our understanding of the Bible. Sometimes, once we have committed to a particular understanding of the Bible, we refuse to see any other interpretation for what that might do to our understanding of other spiritual disciplines.

 

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1 Peter 5:1-2 Local Church Element

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