“These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.” (Jude 1:16 ESV)
These people are grumblers – those who are discontent and complain against God. These people have a low view of the Almighty, as if He existed to sprinkle them with fairy dusted blessings. This brings to mind the generation that died in the wilderness for their complaining and grumbling. Jude goes further calling these people malcontents. Malcontents are “finding fault or being discontented with one’s lot, querulous; a discontented, querulous person, a complainer” Mounce Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament. These people follow their own sinful desires instead of subduing them into obedience with the Scriptures. They boast loudly and manipulate to get what they want. Wicked people! How often do we find ourselves complaining, grumbling, finding fault, being discontent? These attitudes are rooted in an extremely low view of God – as if He owes us anything.
“But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.” (Jude 1:17–19 ESV)
Jude uses Beloved. We are God’s beloved. That is something that we should sit in and marvel over. How could a perfectly holy and loving God shower us with love and affection? The better question is why would He? Just because He wants to. What glory it heaps on Him to love the truly unloveable – like me. There are scoffers who are evil & divisive that only desire to follow their ungodly passions. These people are not redeemed – these are wolves in sheep’s clothing that were false teachers within the church. We must fight against this in our midsts!
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.” (Jude 1:20–21 ESV)
Pursue Christ! That is the best defense against these ungodly scoffers! Pursue an abiding relationship with the risen Christ that is fueled by the Spirit! God, help us. Keep yourselves in the love of God. This means to cherish, to think on, to pursue, to understand more fully how much God loves us and to be deeply moved by that truth. If it weren’t for the grace of God, we too would be lost! We should yield to the Spirit’s leading in accordance with His revealed will in the scriptures. Let us pursue doctrinal soundness, Spirit wrought dependance and worship laden love.
“And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.” (Jude 1:22–23 ESV)
Be merciful to those who doubt the promises of God. How beautiful is that? Be patient with those who waiver – help them, love them, walk with them. I do believe, help me with my unbelief! This is a powerful passage on hating sin and its consequences, but mercifully engaging those who are wrapped up in it. Hate the sin, love the sinner. This is really only possible when one knows how deeply depraved they really are and how close they are to the same sin – except for God’s restraining grace. God help us!
“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 1:24–25 ESV)
God is the One who keeps me from stumbling. He is the One Who is able to present me blameless before Him. He does this for His glory and our joy. He is over all things! Praise God that my salvation & growth are not up to my faithful obedience, but are the result of His faithful obedience on my behalf!