Living Daily

W. Terry Varner
January 27, 2013

As in days past, our present age finds many who reject their faith. They do it variously. Some quit following Jesus. Some allow subtle changes in their thinking and actions cause them to disregard the biblical truth they embraced earlier in life. Some follow what is popular rather than the "old paths" of Jeremiah 6:16. Some have allowed secular educational institutions to lead them away from absolutes. Some have permitted pluralism to guide their choices relating to eternal verities, let alone the verities of life. By pluralism we mean espousing that the way to heaven can been reached through all the different religious and philosophies by falsely reasoning that all lead to the same place. The brother of Jesus, Jude, gives valuable insight on how to live daily for God.

Be forewarned. Jude reminds his readers, "But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles" (Jude 17, ESV). What predictions of the apostles? People would turn from "the faith" (Jude 3) to scoff, ridicule, to walk as they think, worldly, devoid of true Christianity. -Paul taught that "in later times" some would "depart [abandon] the faith" (1 Timothy 4:1). We do not condone any Christian who turns from God, abandons the faith, and endorses a worldview contrary to the biblical worldview. Neither does the Bible condone such actions. Jude encourages us to be forewarned about leaving Jesus and the faith.

Be growing. After Jude forewarned his readers, he writes: "But you, beloved, build yourselves up in the most holy faith; pray 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. 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 2-23, ESV).

It is impossible to read the Bible without the writers encouraging the child of God to grow daily in faithfulness, commitment, and dedication to God. We all live by faith. The biblical worldview is only "one faith" (Eph. 4:5), which Jude refers to as "the faith" (Jude 3) and "your most holy faith" (Jude 20).

Above in mentioning pluralism, we are reasoning that it stands in stark contradiction to the biblical worldview of "one faith" (Eph. 4:5). This Jesus taught when He said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father but by Me" (John 14:6). This verse stands in stark contradiction to the pluralism of the world. Jude encourages us to be growing in Jesus and the one faith.

Be assured. We all look for assurance in various aspects of our lives—school, work, marriage, etc. God, realizing the need for assurance within man who He made, sets for evidence enabling us to have assurance. Jude writes: "Now to Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen" (Jude 24-25). The benediction is filled with assurance by praising God who can sustain us through the joys and trials of life.

The Christian must give God praise for being able to sustain us. We must also remain faithful to God. May we always live for Him, serve Him, praise Him, and love Him for providing assurance as we live our life in Christ.