Text: Jude 1:19-21
These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying 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.
In verse 19, Jude finishes his scathing attack on the false teachers. They separate themselves from the church and urge people to do the same. Therefore, they are causing divisions in the church. He describes them as irrational people who follow natural instincts like animals. in verses 20-21, he encourages them to continue building up themselves in the word of God through prayer. The way to avoid their evil influence is to learn more of the Christian truth, to be more sincere in prayer, to grow in devotion to God, to hate sin in all its forms, and to help those affected by the false teachers to find new life in God.
Jude is therefore encouraging the Christians to ignore these false teachers and focus on learning and understanding the word of God. Two takeaways for today are 1. As Christians, we should be alert to the mechanism of the devil to divide his church. 2. The best way to resist the devil is by focusing on learning the truth of God.