JUDE – KEEPING UP YOUR GUARD

Part 1 – Our Amazing Salvation
(Jude 1-3a)

June 2, 2019
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor 

 

INTRODUCTION

Jude 1:1-3  This letter is from Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James. I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ. 2 May God give you more and more mercy, peace, and love. 3 Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share.  (NLT)

Mark 6:1-3  Jesus left that part of the country and returned with His disciples to Nazareth, His hometown. 2 The next Sabbath He began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard Him were amazed.  They asked, “Where did He get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” 3 Then they scoffed, “Jesus is just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Jude, and Simon. And His sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in Him.  (NLT)

1. WE ARE CHRIST FOLLOWERS ONLY BECAUSE GOD CALLED US OUT TO BE HIS CHILDREN.

A. Jude 1:1  You have been called by God the Father who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.

B. 2 Timothy 1:9  God has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,  (NIV)

 

2. WE ARE CHRIST FOLLOWERS ONLY BECAUSE GOD CHOSE US TO BE HIS CHILDREN.  (Ephesians 1:11)

A. John 15:16  You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. (NIV)

B. Jesus chose the disciples before they chose Him and Jesus chose us before we chose Him.  He chose us because it pleased Him to do so.

C. Ephesians 1:11  In God we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will

D. Ephesians 1:4  For God chose us in Christ before the creation of the world…

E. God chooses people to be saved.

a. 2 Thessalonians 2:13  But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning (of the universe) for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.  (NASB)

b. 1 Peter 1:2  You have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by His blood…(NIV)

c. John 6:44  No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.  (NASB)

d. John 6:65  And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”  (NASB)

e. John 6:37  All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.  (NASB)

f. John 15:16  You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit… (NASB)

g. I accepted Christ as my Savior because before the world even began, God, in His Sovereign love, chose me to be His.  He drew me to Himself.  I am saved and you are saved not because of our good deeds but because of God choosing us.

F. God allows the free will of mankind concerning salvation. 

1. It is God’s will that every human being on the face of this earth come to know Jesus Christ, as Savior and be forever saved.

a. 2 Peter 3:9  The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.  (NASB)

b. 1 Timothy 2:3-4  This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,  4 who desires all men (mankind) to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  (NASB)

c. 1 Timothy 2:5-6  For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,  6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.  (NASB)

d. 1 John 2:2  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (NIV)

These passages show that it is God’s will that every person on the face of this earth be saved.  But, will every person be saved?  No.  Why?  Because God didn’t make robots.  He didn’t create us to be puppets. He didn’t pre-program us.  It was His sovereign will to give us a free will

2. God has placed a “whosoever will” invitation out to the world.

a. Acts 2:21  And it shall be that everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord shall be saved.  (NASB)

b. John 6:40  For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.  (NASB)

c. Matthew 23:37  Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her!  How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.

d. Jesus is saying, “I would have forgiven you.  I wanted to save you but you said, ‘NO!’  You are lost not because I chose you to be lost.  You are lost because you refused My salvation with your own free will.”

G. Arminianism teaches that God knows in advance we will choose Him and He only chooses us because He knows we will choose Him.  The problem with that view is that it does not fit scripture.  It makes God only a responder and us as the initiator and that is not how the Bible describes salvation or the Sovereignty of God. 

H. “The system of truth revealed in the Scriptures is not simply one straight line but two, and no man will ever get the right view of the gospel until he knows how to look at the two lines at once.  These two facts (divine sovereignty and human freedom) are parallel lines.  I cannot make them meet, neither can anyone make them cross each other.”  (Charles Spurgeon)

I. “Both the Sovereignty of God and the Free Will of Man are two rails of a train track.  You have to have both rails to get the train of salvation down the track.  Trying to use only one will surely wreck your train.” (Charles Swindoll)

J. “You can see only two sides of a building at once.  If you go around it, you see two different sides, but the first two sides are now hidden.  This is true if you are on the ground.  But, if you are up there where God is, you can see that there are four sides, and you can see them all together.  In the same way, our finite minds can take in sovereignty and free will alternately, but we cannot view them simultaneously.  However, God can.”   (John Broadus)

K. What Charles Spurgeon and these other theologians are suggesting is that both ideas are clearly taught in the Bible, not just one.  They acknowledge that in human logic the two cannot fit together but in God’s logic they both exist in harmony.  The only way you can take all the verses in the Bible about salvation at face value is to accept both positions simultaneously. 

L. Don’t let a manmade theological system put you in a position that you have explain away clear scripture in order to fit that system.  When that begins to happen, something is desperately wrong with that manmade theological system.

 

3. SO, WHAT MAKES OUR SALVATION TRULY AMAZING?

A. God’s Sovereignty means that our salvation is not because of us but because of God and that salvation is secure not because of us but because of God. 

B. Our Free Will means that in God’s great love for us, He gave us the freedom to choose to love Him back or not.  His love is not coercive.  It is true love. 

 

Action Points:

•I will go to the Next Step Center after this service and talk to a minister about how I can know Jesus as my Savior.

•This week I will express my love to the Lord and my gratefulness that He has chosen me to be His forever child and given me the privilege to choose Him as my Savior. 

•This week I will share my faith with someone else among my family, friends, or co-workers.