Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 162/260: Read Jude

Some religious people teach that once a person is saved, it is impossible for him to fall away. This is sometimes called “the impossibility of apostasy.” This is a false doctrine refuted many times in the New Testament, including in the short epistle written by Jude.

The inspired writer talks about the salvation of Israel from Egypt, yet reminds the reader that God “afterward destroyed those who did not believe.” He mentions “the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode.”

He then shifts his attention to the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah, who had “given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh.” Time and time again, we see God’s perfect creation—both humankind and angelkind—leaving the safety of God.

Why did they leave? Several reasons: pride, greed, a rebellious spirit, sensuousness. A lack of trust in the promises and provisions of God. Selfishness. It didn’t have to be that way.

Jude writes, “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” You have a choice to remain in the grace of God through faithful obedience, or to walk away. Choose Jesus.

Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)

1 Timothy 1:15. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.

Pray

Pray for forgiveness for your shortcomings and commit yourself to following God’s instructions selflessly.

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