Bible Reading Day 344
Day 344: December 10 (Jude)
The letter of Jude is the last epistle in the New Testament. Written by a brother of Jesus to encourage the church at Ephesus after the deaths of Peter and Paul, it also served to warn and exhort the church to reject the heretics who were beginning to arise. The letter of jude pre-dates 1, 2 and 3 John which also address this issue.
The Antinomian heresy (meaning “against law”) emphasizes the grace of God in salvation but takes this too far, saying that we can sin in any way we like because God will forgive us. It was a precursor of the Gnostic heresies which went further, saying that body and spirit were separate and salvation saved the spirit, so sin in the body was inconsequential.
Jude is very clear that these false teachers must be resisted. We are to contend for the faith we share with all Christ’s followers.
“But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.” (verses 20&21)
It is God who enables and equips us to do this – so He deserves not only our obedience, but also our praise. As you read today, reflect on ways you can bring praise to Him.
Have a great day!