Sermon: Jude 8-16: Beware Of False Teachers – Part 2

OT Reading- Ezk 11:5-12

NT Passage- Jude 8-16

  1. Greetings 
  2. OT Reading (Ezk 11:5-12)

5 Then the Spirit of the Lord came on me, and he told me to say: “This is what the Lord says: That is what you are saying, you leaders in Israel, but I know what is going through your mind. 6 You have killed many people in this city and filled its streets with the dead.

7 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: The bodies you have thrown there are the meat and this city is the pot, but I will drive you out of it. 8 You fear the sword, and the sword is what I will bring against you, declares the Sovereign Lord. 9 I will drive you out of the city and deliver you into the hands of foreigners and inflict punishment on you. 10 You will fall by the sword, and I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 11 This city will not be a pot for you, nor will you be the meat in it; I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel. 12 And you will know that I am the Lord, for you have not followed my decrees or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you.”

  1. NT Reading (Jude 8-16)

8 Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. 9 But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” 10 But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. 11 Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. 12 These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; 13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.

14 It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, 15 to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16 These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.

  1. Pray
  2. Intro
    1. Today, church, we will be covering part 2 of a 3 part series on the book of Jude. If you remember, a few months ago we covered the introduction to Jude along with verses 1-7. 
    2. And so today’s sermon will be addressing verses 8-16 of Jude. And, Lord willing, we will finish this 3 part series within the next month.  
    3. And before considering verses 8-16, I want to first recap on verses 1-7 and remind us of the context and purpose of Judes epistle.   
    4. Introduction (pre vs. 1)
      1. You will remember that Jude’s letter uses a common three part structure that was typical of early church letters. And that Jude closely parallels that of the 2nd book of Peter. 
      2. Also remember that the body of Jude lays out and references a series of “proof texts” that reference the Old Testament writings, Jewish Literature, and Apostolic Prophecy; all for the purpose of displaying the destruction of the heretics that Jude addresses in his book. Thus, when broadly considering the overall message of Jude, we must be careful to remember that the entire theme of the book is the stern warning against these “false teachers” that had infiltrated into the Church; and the need for the Church to be aware of such individuals. 
    5. In briefly recapping the first 7 verses of the epistle we see that in verses 1-2, after giving a brief introduction, Jude authenticates his own identity and identifies his audience,  (which were those who were “called by God and kept in Christ”) 
  1. In verses 3-4, we see that Jude’s original intent was to write about “our common salvation” but instead he felt compelled to discuss the need for vigilance of these “false teachers” that had “secretly crept into the Church”. 
  2. And in verses 5-7 we see that Jude cited three examples from Old Testament history that displayed God’s judgment on those who intentionally distort the word of God and live contrary to it. The three examples were: 
    1. The Exodus Generation and their judgement, The fallen angels from heaven and their judgement, and the people of Sodom and Gomorrah and their judgement. 
  1. Therefore, we must remember, Church,  that Jude’s main point in citing these three examples was to remind believers that God justly judges the wicked and their sins.  
    1. This brings us now to verses 8-16. 
  2. Exegesis of Jude 8-16
  3. Meet the Apostates
    1. And as Jude 1-7 laid out the warning to the believer to watch out for the “false teachers” that have crept into the church,  vs. 8-16, then, go into detail in describing the person, type, and character of these infiltrating “false teachers”. 
    2. Jude was not content to simply remind his readers of God’s Old Testament judgements in describing these “men”.
    3. Instead, Jude chose to expand and give significantly more detail in describing what these “false teachers” were like and what they would do to the church if left unnoticed. 
    4.  In verses 8-16, Jude’s description of these apostates could be categorized into the 3 following statements:
      1. 1. That these men reject divine and God ordained authority (vs. 8-11)
      2. 2. That these men live as hypocrites to the faith (vs. 12-13; 16)
      3. 3. And, that these men will receive their due penalty for their actions (vs. 14-15)
      4. Lets look at each of these statements and their corresponding verses in more detail as we consider the words of Jude today. 
      5. First, these men reject divine authority vs. 8-11
        1. Brothers and Sisters, one of the telltale signs of a false Christian is that he or she will reject divine authority and set himself up as his own authority. And one of their main reasons for “rebelling” against God’s authority can be found in Jude’s use of the word dreams in vs. 8. 
        2. For not only do these individuals live in a dream-like state of delusion, believing that they can live contrary to the ways of God without repercussion; more specifically, these men are “dreamers” in the sense that they are like the ‘false prophets’ often described throughout the Old Testament. Listen to the words of Jer 29:8-9 pertaining to the use of the word “dreams” amongst  false prophecy:
          1. 8 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, 9 for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, declares the Lord.
        3. Or listen to the words of Deutoronomy 13:1-5, which serve as an even better example and cross reference verse to Jude 8:
          1. “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him. 5 But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has taught rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of slavery, to make you leave the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil  from your midst.
        4. Thus, brothers and sisters, what we see is that “these men” described by Jude, are of the same nature of the false prophets of the Old Testament. 
        5. And today in our post-modern society, we certainly once again live in a period where people are beginning to justify life actions and ‘religious’ beliefs on the basis of “dreams” and other subjective experiences; rather than on the true teachings of the word of God. 
        6. It is very disturbing and sad, Church, when we come across other Christians who would much rather believe a ‘dream’ or ‘vision’ from a Christian friend that had a “good feeling” about something, than to spend time immersed in learning from the Word of God. 
        7. And not only do the false teachers that Jude describes love to create their own subjective truth through their own subjective means, they also love to direct others around them through the same means. This is why, both the words of Jude and Deutoronomy take the presence of such individuals within the Church, so seriously. For when these men are left to influence and teach others in the church, great damage comes to the people of God. 
        8. And as it was true in Biblical times, so too is it true today; that false Christians will use their emotions, dreams, and other psychological experiences as a means of “direction” from God. 
        9. But this is all rooted in their need for complete control; as these “false teachers” reject all God given authority, including: leaders in the church, the wise counsel of godly men, and even the truth directly found in scripture.
        10. But may it not be so for us, Church. For our emotions (and most certainly our dreams) are not only highly distorted as a result of sin, they most definitely are not the foundation of truth and direction. 
          1. Please understand, the Holy Spirit can and does work in directing our lives, but to rely on feelings and emotions as direction from God is a very dangerous thing to do. And it is also common amongst the “false teachers” that Jude describes. 
        11. Instead, brothers and sisters, study your Bibles and know the truths of God taught within. For by doing so, you will be much less likely to ever fall prey to any form of false teaching, because you will know the true words and commands of God. 
        12. But these men that Jude describes, have turned away from God’s truth and instead feed their minds on false doctrines;  that in turn only inflate their egos and encourage their rebellion…
        13. Jude 10 reminds us that these individuals are ignorant people who do not know the true teachings of God; they merely live the way that they find fit, believing that their self fulfilling and self serving standards of right and wrong are acceptable. 
        14. Furthermore, Jude tells us that these men blaspheme both the word and people of God. The word Blaspheme literally means to speak evil of God. However, it involves much more than just taking God’s name in vain. 
          1. For a person does in fact, blaspheme God when they speak evil of Him. But a person especially blasphemes God, when they speak with their actions what they think of the authority of God. For blatant disobedience to the Word of God is the most blasphemous thing of all. 
        15. And know, Church, that arrogant and irreverent speech is a very dangerous thing. But it is most dangerous when one despises and blasphemes the authority that God himself has established. For even the Archangel Michael (Dan. 10:13) did not dare to rebuke Satan, but instead respected the authority given to Satan by God.
        16. Brothers and Sisters, we must make careful note of this teaching from scripture. For Jude is very precise to use the two most elite individuals on the opposing sides of Good and Evil in making this point. Because when Michal came into a dispute with Satan, the scriptures tell us that even the archangel Michael respected the authority given to Satan, by God. And this has 2 very large and important ramifications for us in the Church:
          1. 1. That we all must respect authority, especially of the positions given by God. 
          2. 2. That it is God’s job to judge evil, not ours. 
        17. And this is why, Jude gives 3 additional Old Testament examples of God’s judgement of the wicked: in order to remind the reader that God will be faithful to perfectly judge the evil men who blaspheme the commands of God. These three stories that Jude references are: Cain’s act of murder in Gen 4, Balaams false teachings in Num 22, and Korah’s rebellion of God in Num 16. Let’s take a moment to review each of these biblical stories in order to further understand Jude’s point and purpose in referencing them.  
          1. First, In the story of Cain and Abel in Gen 4, we read that Cain rebelled against God’s ordained way of worship. For instead of being obedient to the commands of God, Cain rejected the divinely authorized way of worship and instead came to the altar with the fruits of his own choosing. In other words, Cain thought he knew best. But God rejected Cain’s offering, for the Lord knew the evil intentions of Cain’s heart. But it was by faith that Abel’s sacrifice was offered to God (in accordance with God’s instruction) which was why God accepted it (Heb. 11:4). And it was at this point in Gen 4 that, out of envy and jealousy, Cain attacked and murdered his brother Abel. Thus the story of Cain is not only about his envy and hatred of his brother, but also about his self-love and desire for personal gain. 
  1. Second, the story of Balaam is found in Numbers 22 and tells of how Balaam merchandised his gifts and ministry for the purpose of making money. He used the spiritual to gain the material (see 1 Thes. 2:5–6; 1 Tim. 6:3–21). The “error of Balaam”, then, was that he was a prophet of God; but he chose to prostitute his gifts for the purpose of financial gain; and in doing so, brought about much destruction to the people of God. Thus, Balaam became widely known as a false teacher and false prophet. 
  1. The story of (Korah) is found in Numbers 16, and it also centers on rebellion against authority. Korah and his followers resented the leadership of Moses and he dared God to do anything about their rebellion. And in speaking against Moses, they were actually speaking against the Lord who had given Moses his authority. And so God judged Korah and his followers and established clearly the authority of His servant, Moses, over him.. 
  1. Thus, Cain rebelled against God’s authority, for he refused to bring a blood sacrifice as God had commanded. And Balaam rebelled against God’s authority, for he prostituted his gifts for money and led Israel to mix with the other nations. And Korah rebelled against God’s authority, as he denied that Moses was God’s appointed servant and attempted to usurp his authority.
  1. We must be careful, Church, to learn from these Old Testament examples, especially in the context of Jude’s application to the false teachers that have crept into the Church. For God takes His authority seriously. And Jude reminds us of the punishment to those who abuse the Holy things of God within His Holy Church. And in the same way that God brought about Judgment in each of these previous OT stories, so too will he bring about judgement to the false teachers within the Church. 
  2. The Second statement that we will now consider is found in verses 12-13, which states: that these men live as hypocrites to the faith. 
    1. In these two verses, Jude presents us with six vivid pictures of these false teachers and their hypocrisy in order to help to explain why they are such a danger to the church. 
    2. I will list each of  Jude’s six examples, and give a brief commentary on each, in order to better understand and apply each:
    3. Hidden reefs at your love feasts (12a)
      1. These men had invaded the “love feasts” in the local assemblies, and it is all but certain that these “feasts” referred to the Lord’s supper. 
      2. And all that these men did by partaking with the church,  was defile the meal. Instead of adding to the sanctity of the occasion, they detract from it; like Judas at the last Passover that Jesus celebrated with His disciples, these men appear as if they belong to the flock, but their hearts are far from the Lord. 
      3. And as a ship becomes wrecked by hidden reefs in shallow waters, so too does the sanctity of the Lord’s supper when a false teacher partakes of the holy meal in an unholy manner. 
      4. This is why, brothers and sisters,  we must be very careful to fence the table each Lord’s day when presenting the Lord’s supper to the church. And this is why, brothers and sisters, you must be very careful and intentional in approaching the meal.
        1. Not that you must be perfect and sinless in order to partake, for if that were the case, none of us would be worthy. Rather, Jude reminds us that we all must take heed in properly worshiping and respecting God in His ordinances. 
    4. Shepherds feeding themselves (12b)
      1. Instead of shepherding the flock and caring for the needs of the people, Jude implies that these apostates only take care of themselves. Jude may have had in mind Isaiah 56:10–12 and Ezekiel 34, where the prophets condemned the leaders of the nation (“shepherds”) for exploiting the people and caring only for themselves.
      2. And unfortunately, it would appear that what Jude is impling is that “these men” that have crept in, at times, can also be in places of leadership. Yet, they only use this position to further their own self-righteous agendas. 
      3. This is also why, Church, it is so important that we are careful and cautious in appointing leaders within the Church. For to have a leader that is ultimately a “false teacher” would be utterly destructive. 
    5. Waterless clouds (12c)
      1. Clouds that promise rain, but fail to produce, are a massive disappointment to the farmer whose crops desperately need water. And these apostates that Jude describes may look like men who can give spiritual help, and they may boast of their abilities, but they are ultimately unable to produce. As Prov. 25:14 states, “Like clouds and wind without rain

is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give”.

  1. Fruitless Trees in the autumn (12d)
    1. The picture here, is that of an orchard in autumn, the time when the farmer expects fruit. But these trees, “these men” are fruitless! “And we shall know them by their fruits” says Matt. in chapter 7 verse 16 of his gospel… For those who teach and preach the Word have the responsibility of feeding others, but these false teachers have nothing to give. And not only are they fruitless, but they are also rootless (“plucked up by the root”); this is why they are, as Jude states,  “twice dead.”
  2. Wild waves of the sea (13a)
    1. Jude compares these apostates to “raging waves of the sea” not because of their power, but because of their pride and arrogant speech. Like the swelling of the sea, they make a lot of noise, but what do they produce? Meaningless froth.  
      1. Church, have you ever walked along the beach the morning after a storm and seen the ugly refuse that has been washed and strewn upon the shore?
        1. Jude may have had Isaiah 57:20 in mind when writing this example, as Isaiah states: “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.”  For the true teachers of the Word bring up the treasures of the deep, but the false teachers produce only refuse, mire, and dirt.
  3. Wandering stars (13b)
    1. Here, Jude was not referring to fixed stars or planets, because these have definite positions and orbits. He instead was referring to meteors, falling stars that suddenly appear and then vanish into the darkness, never to be seen again. For a fixed stars can be depended upon by the traveler through the darkness, but wandering stars can only lead one astray.
  4. And though we only briefly covered each of Jude’s examples in verses 12-13, many more details and applications could be made to each of the statements used. Nonetheless, by looking and reflecting at Judes descriptive analogies of “these false teachers”, we therefore gain a better insight into both recognizing and identifying these individuals, should they ever find their way into the Church. 
  1. This brings us now to the third and final summarizing statement which comes from verses 14-15 where Jude reveals that  these men will receive their due penalty for their actions 
  2. Here, Jude again reminds us that “these false teachers” will receive their due penalty for their wickedness; and the story of Enoch is referenced as an example. 
    1. All that we know about Enoch from Scripture is found in Genesis 5:18–24; Hebrews 11:5; and these two verses in Jude. And here, Enoch is called “the seventh from Adam” to identify him as the godly Enoch, since Cain had a son of the same name (Gen. 4:17). In addition, the number 7 had great symbolic meaning to the cultural minds of Jude’s audience. This all to display the final, complete, and perfect judgment that the Lord will one day bring upon the entire earth. 
  1. And in the story of Enoch, a society that was rapidly being polluted and destroyed by sin is depicted. Yet, Enoch walked with God and kept God’s commandments. And as he ministered as a prophet, he announced the coming judgment to the sinful men around him, saying in vs. 14-15 “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, 15 to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
  2. Bible scholars tell us that this quotation is from an apocryphal book called The Book of Enoch. But the fact that Jude quoted from this nonbiblical book does not immediately mean that this book was fully inspired and trustworthy. Rather, the Spirit of God led Jude to use this quotation, and thus made this specific reference a part of the inspired Scriptures.
  3. Furthermore, when Enoch originally gave this message, it is possible that he was referring to the coming judgment of the Flood; which takes place in Genesis 6. For the time that Enoch lived in was an exceptionally ungodly age. Enoch makes it clear to the ungodly men around him that judgment was coming and that they would soon receive the righteous punishment of God. 
  4. And though the direct context of this original quote was in reference to the nation directly surrounding Enoch at this time, the final application of this prophecy (according to Jude) is to current church age. For Jude uses this example to say that “these men” creeping into the church today, were the same as the ones referenced by Enoch. 
  5. Thus, Jude creates a category of the ungodly that spans the length of time; reminding the church that the ungodly have always been amongst the people of God. And the current church age is no different. For God will come to judge all of the ungodly, from the beginning of time up until His return. 
  1. Lastly, in verse 16, Jude gives one final descriptive list to describe these individuals that we are to watch out for within the church. He says (and listen carefully to his words)  “These (men) are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.”..
  2.  Jude makes certain that these men are clearly seen and noticed within the Church; for Jude’s whole purpose in writing his epistle was to warn those within the Church of the presence of such men, and to remind the reader of God’s judgement on the ungodly.  
  3. This final verse serves to emphasize one very important characteristic of “these men”, That is: their extraordinary discontentment. For these men are driven by evil desires, yet can find no satisfaction. Rather, they spend their time enveying, gossiping, self-loathing, slandering, and manipulating. All in hopes of serving their selfish and sinful hearts.  
  4. Church, may we hear clearly the words of Jude and heed his advice and warning against these individuals. May we see them clearly if they are ever amongst us. And may we act boldly, godly, and decisively when dealing with them. 
  5. There are now 3 points of application that I would like to present to you based on Jude 8-16. 
  1. Applications:
  1. 1. We Will encounter such individuals (vs. 12-13) 
    1. Brothers and Sisters, these men have and will make their way into the church. We should expect it. The descriptions that Jude gives in verses 12-13 depict these individuals as being among us. This was Jude’s whole purpose in writing his book. That we must be aware and on guard for such individuals. 
    2. However, we needn’t fear these individuals either, Church. Though we should be concerned about their presence, Jude continually emphasizes that God is protecting His people and is in the process of bringing about Judgement on these “false teachers”. 
    3. Thus, we should be vigilant. But fear, we should not. 
    4. Instead, brothers and sisters, we should be reminded of the need and purpose of things like church membership, church polity, and church officers. For God has created a structure to His church for several different reasons. But one of the primary reasons is for the protection and sanctity of His holy church. 
    5. This is why one should be so concerned when attending a “megachurch”. For to be in an environment where you can be almost invisible smack dab in the middle of God’s people is like a false teachers dream come true. In order to identify the men that Jude speaks of, we must know each other at a deep level. We must be accountable as provided by church membership. And we must be properly lead and protected, as provided by the Church officers. 
    6. Ultimately, Church, these people will come. But when we conduct Church the way that God has ordained it, we needed fear, only trust in that which God has provided and ordained. 
    7. This brings me to the second point of application.    
  2. We must be obedient in allowing God to Judge these individuals (vs. 9; 14-15) 
    1. Brothers and Sisters, even when the archangel michael encountered Satan, he still treated him with respect. And we should do the same when we encounter these individuals, or any individual for that matter. 
      1. And there are 3 primary reasons for this: 
        1. First- we should treat everyone with respect, for this pleases God. As said in 1 Peter 2:17- Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God,  and honor the emperor. For showing respect to others is an act of spiritual worship to God. 
        2. Second- we do not know how God will use the situations in a person’s life. We only know the actions of an individual. And if one is acting in the ways described by Jude, as a “false teacher” we must treat them as such. But we needn’t do so disrespectfully. For we do not know if God will one day save their soul. Only God knows if the are of the true elect, or not. 
          1. This is what the scriptures mean when they tell us to not judge. Not that we are not the act according to the behaviors of an individual, but that we are not to make the final determination (judgement) of one’s fate. Only God knows who his true elect are. Therefore, always treat others with respect, not knowing if God may one day save their soul. For at the very least they are a fellow creation of God.  
        3. Thirdly- it is God’s job to ultimately judge the individual, not ours. And God’s judgement will be just. And it will be perfect. Therefore we must learn from the example of Michael in his dispute with Satan. For though he was of the highest authority of celestial beings, his response was that the Lord would rebuke him. For God is the one who will ultimately judge the actions and behaviors of the ungodly. It is our job to be faithful only in that which God has commanded for us. 
      2. And this brings me now to the third and final point of application. 
  3. That we must recognize these individuals by their character and behavior, and ACT according to the scriptures (vs. 3; 8-16)  
    1. Church, these men exist. And throughout our lifetime in the church we are almost certain to come across such individuals. And when we encounter these men, we must deal with them in the ways that God has commanded us.  
    2.  It is our job, therefore to act according to what God has outlined in the scriptures. I want to present to you three ways in which God has provided a means to deal with “these men” when they make their way into the Church. 
      1. First, Church structure
        1. God created the structure of the Church not just for the sake of His name, but as a safeguard to protect you!
        2. This is why membership, involvement, commitment to your church is so important, brothers and sisters. For when we join ourselves to the Church, we do so as a way of both protecting our self and protecting the Church.  
      2. Second, Church officers
        1. God has provided two offices to manage his Church: Elders and Deacons. And each of these offices have particular roles that they are to play in caring for the Church. Both of their roles, however, function to manage, care for, and protect the people that God has provided. 
      3. Third, Church discipline
        1. Brothers and Sisters, Church discipline is and must be a central part of any bible believing Church. For to not enact Church discipline as part of a Church’s structure is to allow these men to exist in our midst unchecked. And God has specifically commanded his church on how to respond when one fits the descriptions listed by Jude. Consider the following list of scriptures:
          1. Matt 18:15-20
          2. Titus 3:9-11
          3. 1 Cor 5:11
          4. 2 Thes. 3:6;14
          5. 1 Tim 5:19-20
        2. Though not an exhaustive list, these verses all give explicit examples on how the church is to act when encountering the actions of and unruly or unbelieving individual within the Church.  
        3. And we do these things, we respond to the unruly or false teachers within our midst, not out of a hatred of them, rather out of a love for our God and His Church. For our obedience to God is one of the most clear and defined ways that we are able to show our love for him.  And He is faithful to fulfill all that he has promised out of His love for us. 
  4. In Conclusion 
  1. In closing, I would like to read one final portion of scripture that echoes and mirrors the teachings of Jude. 
  2. I would like to ask you one final time to listen carefully as I read from the words of 1 John 2:18-29 (hear now the word of the Lord): 
    1. 18 Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. 20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. 21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.

26 I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. 27 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.

28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

-Brothers and Sisters, may we abide in Christ, trusting in his promises. May we never be deceived by any form of false teaching. And my we be found faithful in being obedient to His commands until He returns or calls us home. 

PRAY   (thankful for you justice, righteousness, protection, Church, and wisdom)

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