by Dr. Ed Young

#740 June 25, 1989 - AM
(Transcribed from actual tape)
Jude 1 - 4
I hope you have your Bibles open to the Book of Jude. It serves almost as
an introduction to the Book of Revelation. And we'll be studying the
little Book of Jude, for the next several weeks. It has only twenty-five
verses, in it. Consisting of only of one chapter, but it's a wonderful
book; even though it's a neglected book. So, we'll begin today, in our
study of Jude. We'll look together at the first four verses.
Let's bow for prayer.
Our Heavenly Father, what a privilege it is to speak for Thee, to sing
for Thee . . . to be in Thy worship service today and to allow Thy
spirit to come and to permeate this place and to touch those sensitive
areas, in all of our hearts, in all of our lives. Father, You speak
clearly and directly to us. May Thy word and Thy word alone, be
heard. Let me get out of the way, is our prayer through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.
The Book of Jude deals with apostacy. Apostacy means "to fall away". An
apostate is someone who pretends to be a Christian, but actually they've
never come to a personal knowledge of God, in Jesus Christ. They're
counterfeits. They are pseudo-Christians. An apostate is one who says, "I
believe in Christ-." But the-re's no fruit i- thei-r lives. The fruit of the
Spirit that indicates they genuinely believe. They pretend to believe the
Bible, in no way, do they put their lives under the authority of the Bible;
instead, they take the scripture and use the word in the manner in which it
will help them to cover up their lifestyle; the lifestyle they presently
want to live. So, they pretend to believe in Christ. They pretend to
believe in the Bible. They pretend to believe in God, but yet, they would
deny that He revealed Himself in Christ and they would, if pressed, deny
the basic tenants of our faith.
So, we deal with Jude, who deals with the Book, who deals with apostacy in
this powerful little b ...

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