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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 4/260: Enoch

Read Jude 14-15

Contending for the Faith

Enoch is identified by the inspired Jude as “the seventh from Adam” (Jude 14). The line is Adam, Seth, Enosh, Cainan, Mahalalel, Jared, and Enoch.

Moses does not identify Enoch as a prophet, nor are any of Enoch’s words recorded for us in the first book of the Bible. Jude, however, shows that there were men before the flood who were teaching the truth and trying to convince others to follow God.

Enoch warned “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him” (Jude 14-15).

Keep in mind the purpose of Jude’s epistle, as revealed in verse 3: “I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” There were ungodly men in Enoch’s day, and Enoch preached against ungodliness. There were ungodly men in Jude’s day, and Jude pleaded with the brethren to preach against that ungodliness. There is still ungodliness in the world today, and we must continue to preach against that ungodliness.

Consider what Paul wrote to the young evangelist Timothy: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. From such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

We must take a stand for what is right and against what is wrong. We must “contend earnestly for the faith.” We must, like Enoch, warn of the judgment against ungodly deeds and ungodly ways.

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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.