“Beloved, remember the words which were spoken before …” (v.17)
Jude continues his warnings about murmurers, complainers and those who sound most persuasive. He continues by saying that the apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ said that there would be those who mock and who also use the gospel for their own selfish, ambitious ends. Jude says that these people do not have the Spirit but operate in the realm of the soul. They appeal to the senses, especially the emotions and imagination. They prey upon people’s feelings and often, because of their error, end up isolating themselves, labelling others as erroneous. They can be difficult to discern as the error they perpetrate is subtle. Yet, they will be exposed by the Lord as prophesied by Enoch (v.14). Enoch was a man who walked with God (Genesis 5:22); because he lived so much in the light of fellowship with the Lord, the darkness of their error was more easily seen. By living in the light and not forgetting the words of the Bible, particularly the New Testament, we will more easily be able to guard against all deceitful incursions by the evil one.
PRAYER :- “Lord, thank you for your infallible word; help me to recall it so as to avoid deception.”