We have our go to scriptures in this general epistle, but outside of that we rarely go to this book in the new testament. I thought it would be good to go through it and have a look at why Jude is a part of the Bible
There is ONE body
1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
Paul is talking about a spiritual body and that Body is the Church
We’ve given messages in the past and I recommend that you go back and listen to these for a better understanding on the subject:
Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
Mark 12:29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL, THE LORD OUR GOD, THE LORD IS ONE.
Nearly all religions believe that there is a separation of the temporary and eternal at our death. This is the concept of the immortal soul as it called in much of modern Christianity.
The term “immortal soul” is not found in the bible
Its roots are in Greek philosophy
It’s what man has concocted
But as we will see later, it goes back much farther than that
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Is This Important?
Yes because this ties in with many other aspects and truths of the Bible.
Fits together perfectly
Grace and Works and Law
Grace: unmerited favor; the showing of godly love towards a person in the form of giving unearned and undeserved gifts.
In the last message: In addition to forgiveness of sins and being saved by grace, we showed many of the other things that came by grace, such as: calling, belief, acceptability, redemption, justification, and etc
But it is still much more than that and it would be nearly impossible to encapsulate all the ways in which grace can be given or shown – because simply stated it is the way that God acts towards us and the way that we should act towards others!
Growing in knowledge
2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
This is the one that we have focused on
Should continue to grow in it
Not an end in itself.
Hold Fast to What?
Romans 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
What is good?
Let’s look at a few of the items
WHO gets to be a part of the Kingdom of God?
As we mentioned before, the Kingdom of God is the Government of God (Isaiah 9:6-7) and this is a system that is led by spiritual beings. So to be a part of it we can no longer literally be flesh and blood.
It is conditional
Many do not like to hear this, but it is true and makes sense. A relationship cannot be one-sided – in this case it cannot be God doing everything right and us doing whatever we want. Does that make sense?