Jude – Session 1.3: The Problem of Deception
Transcript of the third part of Session 1 and covers: Warnings from the Apostle Paul; The problem of deception
Let’s look at the book of Acts, chapter 20:28-31
Paul is giving his final words to the elders at Ephesus. He has just told them that he knew they were never going to see him again. Listen to his Pastor’s heart and listen to his last words to them:
28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.
In light of recent events in our country, we’ve heard a lot of pastors reference another one of Paul’s warnings about deception. Speaking to his protégé, Timothy in 2nd Timothy, chapter 4:1-5 he says
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
And here is the big problem about deception. And this is going to sound funny. But the big problem about deception is that it is so deceiving. If we knew we were deceived, we wouldn’t be deceived? And that’s what this epistle is all about. How to recognize those who would deceive and manipulate God’s people.
So that’s the warning that Jude is going to give and he’s going to give it to us as kind of a sermon.
But he’s not just going to give us a warning. He’s going to give us a call to action. He is going to tell us to contend for the Faith. He is saying we are going to have to be diligent to share what we believe and why we believe it, or else we are going to be overcome by the false.
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