Jude 1: Twice Dead
Verse of the Day: (V12) “These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;”
1. Denying (V1-11)
V3 “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
God’s servant, Jude, urged Christians to earnestly contend for the faith in Jesus Christ amid false preachers, who had crept in as grievous wolves in sheep clothing, denying the Lord Jesus, and destroying the faith of many, and turning God’s grace to man’s lusts.
V4 “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2. Dead (V12-19)
V12 “These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;”
These false preachers are eloquent and impressive in man’s eyes, but they are ungodly and deceitful in God’s eyes as they lead many to eternal condemnation. They are like fruits that look delicious but are actually poisonous. Indeed, Christians are borne twice – physical and spiritual birth - but they die only once – physical death - as they shall live with God forever. On the other hand, the unbelievers are born only once – physical birth - but they die twice – physical and spiritual death as they shall be condemned in fiery hell.
V15 “To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
3. Difference (V20-25)
V21 “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
Let us keep ourselves in God’s love by demonstrating our compassion for others so that people can see we are truly different from this unloving world, and that Jesus lives in us!
V22 “And of some have compassion, making a difference:”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I am borne twice but die only once and live forever.