FAMISHED FOR THE TRUTH OF JESUS
Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ. Jude 1
Jude was the brother of James and Simeon, and all three were the half-brothers of Jesus. They had more than this one thing in common; they did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah until they were all older. Oh, how blood relatives can be blind to anointing. Proximity yields a normalcy that obscures the signs of kingdom greatness. In spite of their initial rejection, they all became bright lights after the resurrection. Their passion for Jesus was stunning as they took the Gospel to far-reaching places and were martyred for their faith.
Jude wrote a letter to the church that was short but powerful. He addressed them about the deterioration of doctrine. He begged his readers to defend the faith, to contend for it vigorously at all costs, even unto death. He was clear to convey that when you and I defend doctrine, we defend a Person. Jesus. When we err from any one important tenet of the faith, we mar the face of a Person, not a document.
Today’s church is weak in theology; and if weak in theology, then shaky in its view of God. We must become intimately acquainted with the backbone of our Rabbi’s faith if we are to possess the foundation of steel that takes us through challenging times. If our doctrine is mushy, so is our ability to endure to the end.
Satan is all about destroying faith and God is all about building it. Since sound doctrine builds spiritual grit, it should be no surprise that Satan distorts sound doctrine to destroy spiritual grit. He accomplishes this, mostly, through false teachers. In today’s national landscape, it’s harder to find a sound church than it is to find a liberal one. No wonder so many house fellowships are springing up in response to church famine.
Oh, don’t you hear Jude crying out in the wilderness of rampant error? “Test every wind of doctrine! Cleave to Jesus.” Many who change the face of scripture or delete the parts that offend them, believe they still embrace the Jesus of scripture. What a sad day it will be when they discover the face behind the mask of their god.
Write sound doctrine on my heart . Make my ears sensitive to any message that is not of You and then open my mouth to defend Your honor. In Jesus’ name, Amen