God encourages the church and warns those trying to change the Gospel by speaking through Jude. The consequences of changing the Gospel and rebelling against God is eternal separation from God.
God says through Jude 5-7 "Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire."
Jude gives the example of three groups who have rebelled against God; The Rebellious Hebrews, the rebellious angels and the rebellious Gentiles from Sodom and Gomorrah. Jude briefly highlights these examples explaining that all of us who are followers of Christ know each of these three groups. But do we?
The Rebellious Hebrews: You can read about this in Heb 3:7-19.
The Rebellious Angels: Most Biblical scholars believe these fallen angels are the ones in Gen 6:1-2.
The Rebellious Gentiles: You can read about this in Gen 19.
God is The Builder of His church. He knows who are seeking to protect the Gospel by letting the Gospel change them and by sharing the Gospel. He also knows who is seeking to change or twist the Gospel. God clearly communicates there are eternal consequences for each; some life and others death.
Jesus, keep building Your church. Keep growing us to be sharers of the Gospel and protectors of the Gospel. May You clearly bring to mind people we can share the Gospel with this week.
In Jesus' name,
Pastor Chris Reinertson enjoys all sports, especially those involving a ball. He loves to hang out with people and challenge them to be Jesus REVolutionizers.