Most recently, my studies have focused on the Book of Jude. Despite being one of the shorter books of the Bible, this little epistle is packed with "must know" instruction for every true believer. It warns us most clearly against falling in to the apostasy of the times in which we now live and provides great encouragement to the faithful, encouragement to fight for the truth and earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
It was S. Maxwell Coder, a former vice president and dean of education at the Moody Bible Institute, who once said "the beginning of the church age is recorded for us in the book of Acts, and the end of the church age is set forth in the little epistle of Jude". He went on to say that since the book of Acts is called “the Acts of the Apostles,” Jude should be called “the acts of the apostates.”
Remembering that in II Thessalonians 2:3 Paul informs us that the day of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ "shall not come except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped", it is little wonder that Jude is sometimes referred to as the vestibule, or the waiting room to the book of Revelation... and dear friends, I believe our number could be called sooner than some of us seem to think!
So, over the course of my next few posts, I hope to share with you some of the truths we discover in Jude, truths which expose the danger of following many of the doctrines of those who have crept in unawares, that we may heed the words of this little epistle and avoid becoming apostate. That danger is more real than you may know.
Now unto 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 Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.