Sermon: Jude 17-25: Beware Of False Teachers – Part 3

  1. OT Reading (Jer 32:36-41)

36 “Now therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning this city of which you say, ‘It is given into the hand of the king of Babylon by sword, by famine, and by pestilence’: 37 Behold, I will gather them from all the countries to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation. I will bring them back to this place, and I will make them dwell in safety. 38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 39 I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. 40 I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. 41 I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.

  1. NT Reading (Jude 17-25)

17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. 24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

  1. Pray
  1. Intro
    1. Today, church, we will be concluding a 3 part series on the book of Jude. 
    2. Over the past several months I have preached through the book of Jude; covering verses 1-7 in part one, verses 8-16 in part two, and concluding today with part 3,  as we cover verses 17-25.  
    3. And before we begin to look at Jude verses 17-25, it would be best to first do a brief recap of Judes epistle up unto this point. 
    4. You will remember that Jude’s letter is broken up into 3 main parts and contain 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 throughout his book. 
      1. Thus the primary theme of the Jude is the stern warning against the “false teachers” that had infiltrated into the Church;…and the Churches need to be aware of such individuals. 
    5. In briefly recapping the first 16 verses of the epistle you will remember that in verses 1-2, Jude gives a brief introduction, authenticates his identity, and identifies his audience, (which were those who were “called by God and kept in Christ”) 
  1. In verses 3-4, we saw that Jude’s original intent was to write about “our common salvation” but instead felt compelled to discuss the need for the Church to be aware and vigilant of these “false teachers” that had “secretly crept into the Church”. 
  2. In verses 5-7 we saw that Jude cites three examples from Old Testament history; all displaying God’s judgment on those who intentionally and blatantly distort the word of God- and thus live contrary to it. 
    1. Judes 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. Next, in verses 8-11 we are told that “these men” that had “crept in” blatantly reject divine and God ordained authority, as verses 12-13 elaborate on how these men live as clear hypocrites to the faith. 
  2. Then, in verses 14-16 Jude assures and reminds his readers that “these men” will receive their due penalty for their sins and actions. 
  3. This brings us now to verse 17; where Jude, again, reminds his readers to remember that, not only had these men been predicted through the prophets of the OT, they were also clearly taught about through the teaching of the apostles of Christ Jesus. 
  1. Exegesis of Jude 17-25
    1. And so vs. 17 begins with a word that we now know is central to Jude’s, message: Remember; as Jude again instructs his readers to “Remember” that the apostles of Christ had clearly warned the Church of the presence of “these men”. 
    2. Thus, Jude’s point is not to prepare his readers for a future arrival of “these men”, 

Rather, Jude is demonstrating that the central reason for his message is to inform his readers that what was predicted by the prophets and disciples, had now come to pass. 

  1. As the apostles and other NT authors had taught, these men are amongst us in the Church Age (the time between Christ’s first and second coming). 
    1. In Mark 13:22–23 Jesus had explicitly warned of the presence of these men, stating: 
      1. “False christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23 But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.” 
  2. The apostle Paul, too, provides further warning when he spoke to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20:29–31, saying:
    1.  “I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.”
  3. We should also be reminded of the fact that even among Christ’s 12 disciples, a wolf existed within them, as Judas would betray Jesus. 
  4. Yet, this was no surprise to Christ, nor did it thwart his plans in any way. Rather, even through the evil of Judas’ actions, God’s perfect will was brought about. 
  5. Furthermore, in verse 19, Jude states that: 
    1. It is “these men” who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 
  6. And so it is vital that Judes audience realize that “these men” are the ones whom the prophets, the apostles, and even Christ himself spoke about. 
  7. Thus, the warning in scripture is clear. These men have infiltrated and will infiltrate the Church. But Jude’s purpose in informing the Church of the presence of these men is not so that the people of God would be surprised or overly anxious with this knowledge. Rather, Judes instructs that the people of God “Remember” that “these men” exist and will come about in the Church; and therefore, must be prepared when they present themselves.
  8. And given Judes statement that “these men”  are ‘worldly’ and ‘devoid of the Spirit’, brothers and sisters, we must clear on Judes point pertaining to “these men”: that there are only 2 types of people that exist in this world- those who are real Christians, and those who are not. For this is Jude’s primary purpose in going to such great lengths in describing “these men”; so that they could be identified and properly addressed when as they make their way into the Church. And the fact that “these men” lived according to no higher values other than their own, was very clear evidence of their depraved and unregenerate state. 
  9. Therefore, Brothers and Sisters, “these men” have no part in the true church; for they do not have the Spirit. Indeed they are ‘godless’, as stated in verse 4…
    1. However, as was made clear in the Sunday school hour, we cannot know the depths of the heart of these men. For though their actions clearly display that of an unsaved soul, we do not know if the Lord would call a man unto himself. 
    2. Therefore, we must only act according to the behaviors and actions of such individuals, for it is the Lord who both judges and transforms the heart of a man. 
  10. Transitioning into verse 20, Jude takes a sharp turn in the direction of his letter. As it is here, that he returns to the tone of encouragement, that he had began at the beginning of his letter in verses 1-2. 
  11. And so, after commanding the church to “Remember” that “these men” exist, that they will creep into the church, and that they act as they do because they are unregenerate; 
    1. Jude, then merges into verses 20-23 with a list of several commands for the people of God on how to respond in light of the presence of “these men”.   
  12.  In Verse 20, Jude states: But you, beloved building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit. 
  13. Here, Jude emphasizes the immense importance for the Believer to have a strong and solid foundation in Christ. For It is essential, Church, that true believers not be carried away into error when false teachers attempt to distort both the true teachings of scripture, and the God ordained structure of the Church. Hence, the emphasis that Jude places on needing to be built up in “Your most holy faith
  14. And the phrase “Your most holy faith” in verse 20, refers to the learning and applying of the whole counsel of God, found within the entirety of the scriptures.. 
    1. Brothers and Sisters, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is that you are diligent in studying, learning, and applying the scriptures to your lives.   
    2. In fact, I have become overwhelmingly convinced that the only way that a true believer in Christ can successfully walk daily in the faith is through a complete and utter devotion to daily practice of the spiritual disciplines: specifically that of Scripture reading and prayer. 
      1. As if this was some hidden message though. As scripture time and time  again speaks of the importance of communing with God through through the continual study of His word. 
        1. Take for example Joshua 1:7-8, while succeeding Moses, The Lord directly addresses Joshua, stating: 
          1. 7 Be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 
        2. Or when David, in the beginning of the book of Psalms in Chapter 1:1-2 states:
          1. Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
        3. Or when Paul states in reference to the importance of reading and studying the scriptures in Romans 15:4:
          1. For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
        4. And again Paul instructs Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:13 on how to properly lead the Church, telling him to:
          1. Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, and to teaching
        5. Or as Christ himself commands his followers just prior to his crucifixion in John 14:15, stating:
          1. if you love me, you will keep my commandments.
        6. And how, Church, how in the world can we know or keep Christs commandments if we do not thoroughly study to know them and work hard to apply daily to our lives. 
        7. The teaching of Scripture is clear! We, as the Bride of Christ must study the word of God. We must crave it. The reading of God’s word must be a central part of our Christian walk. 
      2. Brothers and Sisters, I do not know what is on your new year’s resolution list, but I can assure you that if knowing Christ and His word more deeply this year is not at the top of your list, I would highly suggest that you revise your goals for 2020. 
      3. And Church, my prayer is that we all would make growing more in the grace and knowledge of Christ our primary focus for not just this year, but also every year thereafter that the Lord graciously blesses each and every one of us with…
  15. However, after stating how important it is that we are diligent in our study of God’s word, I also want to make a point about properly applying and understanding Judes teaching in verse 20. For though Jude is clearly teaching that we MUST be dedicated and diligent in building up our most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, He is not saying that our survival as Christians is dependent upon our ability in: keeping our faith- verse 21, or our ability to love God properly- verse 22, or our ability to have mercy- verse 22. Our survival as God’s people, brothers and sisters, is dependent upon God’s grace, and God’s grace alone. 
  16. As stated a few months back in  part 1 of this sermon series, Jude begins his letter by referring to his audience as those who are: “called by God’, loved by God’ and ‘kept by Jesus Christ’.  For our faith is fully credited to the gracious acts of our merciful God. 
    1. As Luther once put it: ‘Faith is the foundation on which one should build. But to build up means to increase from day to day in the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ.”
    2. And it is, therefore, because of this that we should respond with so much fervor, love, and dedication to our most Holy God. 
    3. And in light of what was discussed in the Sunday school hour, this is a good reminder that true believers in Christ were chosen by God and will persevere to the end because of the power and wisdom of God. 
  17. Furthermore, in verse 20, Jude instructs us to also “Pray in the Holy Spirit”. For our need for earnest and continual prayer is absolutely vital if we are to stand properly against those who would attempt to distort and lead astray. As our prayer life is a direct reflection upon our dependence on God for help and strength. 
    1. As Paul states in Ephesians 6:18, that we should commit ourselves to “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”
  18. And as we are faithful to pray, the Holy Spirit, who is with God’s people, takes these prayers directly into the presence of our heavenly Father.  
    1. Church, in as simple terms as I can put it. If you want your faith to flourish, if you want to be prepared when false teachers come, if you want to be obedient to the commands of Christ, then this is what I advise you do: know the word of God, pray continually in the Spirit, and walk daily with Christ… 
  19. As we move on to verse 21, Jude gives another command, saying to his audience to: Keep yourselves in the love of God. This command would have reminded his readers of the covenant that their Lord and Master had already made with his people, as it was Christ who first called them and first loved them (verse 1).. 
    1. For God’s electing, ever-faithful, covenant of love with his people does not ever leave. Indeed Christ is with us, and Jude reminds us of this in commanding us to respond to this truth. As Christ first loved us; we, therefore, are to to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
  20. Jesus spoke clearly of this relationship between the love of God for his people and their love for him in John 15:9–10, when he stated: 
    1. ‘As the Father has loved me so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.’…
  21. Jude then merges into an additional command at the end of verse 21, stating: as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads you to eternal life. 
  22. It is vital, Church, for all Christians to remember they are living in an age that will come to an end. These ‘last times’ as mentioned in verse 18 will eventually lead to the inevitable Last Day when this age will come to an end and Christ will bring about the full consummation of all things. 
  23. And the life of the Christians during these “last days” (the day we now live in up until Christ’s return) will not be easy, as Jude has shown. But we are to persevere with the help of the Holy Spirit; for a great and glorious eternity awaits us when we shall see God’s mercy and salvation in all its fullness. At the moment we experience it through faith, but one day we shall know even as we are known (by God,) and we shall see our saviour face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12).
  24. Jude then, in verses 22–23 moves on to explain that there are three categories of people who will each need to be dealt with in a slightly different way in response to the effects of the presence of these “false teachers” within the Church: 
    1. 1. those who, under the influence of the false teachers, have doubts; 
    2. 2. those who, being weak spiritually, are in danger of being harmed by the sin brought about by these false teachers; 
    3. And 3. those who, deeply affected by these false teachers, could be genuinely dangerous to the faithful.
  25. In verse 22, Jude addresses the first of the 3 categories, as he speaks of those who have doubts. As, Jude commands his readers to Be merciful to those who doubt. 
    1. At some time in our lives, brothers and sisters, we all will have doubts about our faith. However, what Jude portrays here is an extreme and dangerous form of doubt; brought about as an effect from the actions of false teachers within the Church (hence a reminder of why they are so dangerous).
  26.  And as we have seen, these ‘godless’ men, ‘devoid the Spirit’, have led people away from God  into a volatile state of faith and understanding. 
    1. Note, Church, that “these men” not only come in and try to openly distort the true teachings of God, they are often at opposition with the leaders within the Church. For God has ordained overseers to detect and deal with such individuals; which is likely why false teachers are often so hostile toward those appointed within the Church. 
    2. And as “these men” attempt to deceive and distort, there most certainly will be some casualties involved; as some will become confused and misled by their teachings. We, therefore, must all must remember, as Jude reminds us in verse 22, to have mercy and compassion toward the deceived and misled individuals. Being patient and merciful with them, in the attempts to bring them safely back into the fold of God. 
  27. The second group that Jude addresses is found in verse 23, where he directs his audience to snatch others from the fire and save them. This group refers to those who are in real and imminent danger of being impacted by the actions of the godless men amongst them. This category is one step further than the previous. For the state of these individuals has moved from mere deception to some form of tangible sinful impact. And the state that these individuals are in is one of such imminent danger, that Jude uses the term “snatch” in describing how we are to address them.  
    1. In Amos 4:11, we have a picture of God snatching Israel from the fire, as the Lord states: “You were like a burning stick snatched from the fire”
    2.  And Zechariah 3:2 also provides interesting insight into Jude 23 where the high priest Joshua is standing before the angel of the Lord with Satan ready to accuse him. The Lord then defends Joshua by saying, ‘Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?’ (3:2).
    3. Thus, the use of the word ‘snatch’ is very fitting; as it depicts one hastefully and purposely grabbing an object from the fire before it becomes destroyed. 
  28. And to be clear on this point, Church, Salvation belongs to the Lord alone. We know this. However, God has ordained  His people to be His hand in protecting and intervening when fellow brethren become entangled in the sins of false teachers. And we to be active by bringing our wandering brother or sister back to Christ, to His Word, and to the ‘faith once and for all entrusted to the saints’ (Jude 3).
  29. So in this sense, Brothers and Sisters, we are in fact our brothers keeper. Just as a father might snatch his child out of the path of a bus, so it is our duty to watch over each other and pull back those who, through weakness of faith and understanding, find themselves drawn towards the fire. We need to be concerned for each other, constantly exhorting and helping one other to contend for the faith and remain steadfast in the love of God…
  30. This now brings us to the third and final group that Jude describes; as they are those who have moved so far under the influence of the “these godless men” that they actually become dangerous to the entire Church. This gives rise to another of Jude’s commands, that: to others, we are to show mercy, with fear—hating even the garment stained by the flesh. 
  31. Jude again instructs the believers to be merciful to those who have strayed due to the influence of the false teachers, just as Christ is merciful to us. However when dealing with those who have become involved with the teachings of ‘these men’, there is a real danger that the True Believer might also be tempted to stray in his or her faith.  
    1. For, Brothers and Sisters, the attraction of sin must never be underestimated. Too often people feel that somehow they are immune to certain temptations of the flesh, but such feelings often result in downfall as they succumb to sin themselves. So Jude gives sensible advice to the true believers within the Church. And Jude emphasises this with his next comment, that when responding we are to this group, we are to—hate even the garment stained by the flesh. 
      1. The picture that Jude paints, is strong. The idea is that Jude’s readers would steer clear of someone else’s dirty, filthy, and ‘stained’ undergarments. For the type of sin that Jude is portraying is a type that will spoil and infect all that it comes in contact with. Indeed, these men and their godless ways must be removed from the flock with urgency and precision, before their ungodly ways spread throughout the entire congregation. 
      2. However, in concluding verse 23, Jude pleads for a sensible balance in judging confronting sinful people within their flock. For we are to always display love and mercy, even when a Brother or Sister in Christ is caught up in Sin. For a Christian does not need to commit adultery to be able to minister to an adulterer with mercy and with love. The church does not have to lie in order to lovingly confront a person caught in deception. The Church needn’t become drunk, in order to minister to the alcoholic. 
      3.  As Paul states in Galatians 6:1
        1. Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. (But) Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted…
  1. Doxology 
    1. Lastly, in verses 24-25, Jude begins his doxology and conclusion to the epistle. 
    2. Jude has finished his exhortation to the faithful. He has finished warning against the ungodly and deceitful people who have slipped into the church, and now he focuses the reader’s thinking (as he did in verses 1-2) on the God of all grace.
    3. In verse 24, Jude states: 
      1. Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,
    4. Here, Jude has in mind the final day when Christians will stand before their Maker. On that judgment day it will be only justified sinners who will ‘stand’; For they are the ones who have been declared ‘not guilty’. And though this saving grace is appropriated through faith, it comes entirely from God’s grace alone. And so it is fully appropriate, as Jude ends his letter, that he should direct his audience to the God who alone is able to keep them from falling and to make them stand in his glorious presence. For our God and Savior who ‘began a good work’ in us ‘will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 1:6).
    5. Verse 25, then, concludes Judes epistle with a praise to the wonderful Saviour, stating: 
      1. to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
    6. And It is not surprising, Brothers and Sisters, that these last two verses of Jude have become one of the most popular benedictions to be used within the Church.  For these words do for us what they also would have done for Jude and his audience: 
      1. they summarise the continuing sovereign work of God (through Jesus) on our behalf; and ascribe to Him all the glory.
    7. For nothing is beyond God’s majestic and sovereign control. It is He who keeps his people from falling; It is He who knows that “these false teachers are among us”: It is He who has provided a way for his people to deal with “these men” as they make their way into the Church; and it is He whom all of Gods chosen throughout all of time, will worship for all eternity. 
  1. Applications:
    1. As I begin now to work toward a conclusion, I would first like to make 4 brief and clarifying points of application. 
    2. 1. We Must Remember (vs. 17-19) 
  2. Brothers and Sisters, as stated in my previous sermon we must not be ignorant to the presence of “these men” that Jude describes. 

For this was predicted by the apostles several times throughout the New Testament. 

  1. Christ himself even taught about such men, explaining that these men have always been at work trying to corrupt God’s elect. 
  2. So we must remember this teaching, Church. We must remind ourselves so that we are not surprised when such men come. And we must remind ourselves so that we might rest in the sovereignty and power of our almighty Savior. 
  3. So study the scriptures diligently and cling closely to Christ. 
  4. This brings me to the 2nd point of application. 
  5. We Must Be Prepared (vs. 20-21) 
    1. Brothers and Sisters, we must work hard, as Jude states at building up our most holy faith! 
    2. And as previously stated, If this is not at the top of your new year’s resolution, I strongly advise you change your list! For what could be more important than growing more intimately in your faith with Christ! 
    3. And we must also be a praying people, knowing that there are those who are attacking from above, outside, and even within our very midst!
    4. And so, we must keep ourselves in the love of God, reminding ourselves continuously that this is not our permanent home! For we will all experience difficulties in our lives. Whether it is a false teacher infiltrating into our congregation or a personal trial or struggle, the remedy is the same for both: Be prepared through obedience in Christ.  
    5. I think the words of 2 Tim 4:2-5 are most fitting on this point, as Paul instructs Timothy, saying: 
      1. preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
    6. This brings me to my third point of application. 
  6. We Must Be Active in the Sanctification (and Salvation) of Others (vs. 22-23)  
    1. Church, As Jude has made clear, “these men” are not regenerate. And their ways within the church create a volatile and confusing message to those who are involved in their presence.
    2. And we must be merciful and patient with those who become confused by the teachings and actions of “these men”. 
    3. Whether it is from a false teacher within the church, a false teacher outside of the church, or a well meaning brother or sister who simply has strayed from a proper understanding and application of the scriptures; We must always respond with mercy and patience, especially with those who are weak, confused, or struggling (Romans 14:1;15:1)
    4. Yes, Church, you are your Brothers keeper. And you are your Sisters keeper. And if one of us is found in sin, we all have an obligation to restore our Brother or Sister to Christ. 
    5. As James 5:19-20 states:
      1. 19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
    6. This brings me now to my fourth and final point of application. 
  7. It is only Through Christ that this is Possible (vs. 24-25)
    1. Brothers and Sisters, only in Christ does this world exist. And only in Christ is our salvation possible. And only in Christ are we able to respond to and endure the onslaught of “these ungodly men” that have infiltrated the Church. 
    2. But it is he who is able to keep us from stumbling. And it is he that presents us blameless before God. 
    3. Therefore, take heart Church. Be encouraged by the words of Jude. Be strengthened through the power of the Holy Spirit. And be reminded of the power of Christ. 
  1. In Conclusion 
  1. In closing, I would like to read one final passage of scripture that echoes and mirrors the teachings of Jude. 
  2. And so I would like to ask you, one final time, to listen carefully as I read from the words of John 15:12-25 ; 16:33 (hear now the word of the Lord): 
    1. 12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants,  for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
    2. 18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘ (For) They hated me without a cause.’…  I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  ……… PRAY

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