“But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” Jude 2:20-21
I love it when Michele does one of her study blogs, because it encourages me to go to the same scripture and see what stands out for me. It’s always great to have a friend to sharpen us in our Christian study.
So, I read Jude over several times (it’s a short book) and the verse above stands out for me. As Michele said, Jude is cautioning us against false teachers. This verse gives us what I like to call -YBH –Yes, but how. It tells us how to avoid falling prey to lies about the faith.
First of all, we must pray in the Holy Spirit. The Lutheran catechism says the Spirt “calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies” us. That means we can pray for the Spirit to open our minds to the truth, to give us the wisdom and discernment to rightly divide truth from error.
Then we are told to “keep yourself in God’s love.” In other words, stay close to God and God’s people. Avoid what pulls you away from the Scripture and what you have been taught by godly pastors and leaders. Attend worship and Bible study. Learn and grow in the proper environment.
As I said, Jude is a short book, but it has a powerful and important message. Will you read it this week? What questions does it raise in your mind? What stands out for you?