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In John and in Jude, He's the Lover coming for His bride

Updated on April 2, 2016

Today's Christian Culture

In a society, such as we have today, too many people are "politically correct", even within the Christian world.

There are too many varying options. There is too much secular open-mindedness. There is too much secular progressiveness. There is too much secular forward thinking. And all this "political correctness" has somehow come full circle within the Church of God (not the denomination). There is no longer a clear distinction between the secular world and the Christian world. And, much to the dismay of the Christian world, this loss of distinction has also brought forth a loss of clarity of holy living...we [Christians] have lost our way.

And, so, we have John, the beloved disciple of Jesus Christ. John comes to us in First, Second, and Third John in quite the blunt way. He does not sugar coat any single aspect of holy living for the Christian man or woman.

A LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) is created when the electron atoms in special glasses, crystals, or gases absorb energy from an electrical current or another laser and become excited. These excited electrons move from a lower energy orbit to a higher energy orbit around the atom's nucleus. When they return to their normal, or ground state, the electrons emit photons, or particulars of light. (Wikipedia)

Knowing how a LASER functions might give us some context to what John, perhaps, was thinking and hoping to relay in his message to the Christian world.:

  • He cut through the darkness and showed light.
  • He showed the deception that occurs within the Church of God (not the denomination).
  • He disproved heresy by proving the truth and Truth (Jesus).
  • He questioned why a man (or woman) might claim to love God yet willingly displeased God.

1 John 1:1-5--"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched-this we proclaim concerning the Word of Life. The Life appeared; we have seen It and testify to It, and we proclaim to the Eternal Life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is Light; in Him there is no darkness at all."

We should not be saying among ourselves, "Look what this world is coming to!"; rather, let our voices ring loud and clear, "Look what has come into the world!" (Carl F. H. Henry)

First John

In John's first letter to Christians, John gives a warning of apostasy within the Church of God (not the denomination). Included in warning the Church of such apostasy, John also gives an apostolic warning to the Church of God (not the denomination).

Apostasy. a·pos'ta·si Noun. [Greek apostasia, a standing away from, a defection-apo, from, and root sta, to stand.] An abandonment of what one has professed; a total desertion or departure from one's faith, principles, or party.

We are to stay away from the darkness, staying safely in the Light (Jesus). This will, in turn, aid us is the discernment of false teachings, outside and inside the Church.

  • John 3:19--" 'This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of Light because their deeds were evil.' "
  • John 8:12--"When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, 'I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life.' "

Some other important points of LASERing by John in First John:

  1. God is love. 1 John 4:8--"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."
  2. Love is the foundation upon which all personal righteousness rests. 1 John 4:9-12--"This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love; not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us." (A side note: The world "love" is read twenty seven times in 1 John 4:7-21.)
  3. All of God's plans and purposes are based on His eternal love for His children. 1 John 5:14-15--"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of Him."
  4. If we will personify the love of God is our own lives, we will become like the Lord and have eternal life with Him. 1 John 5:13--"I write these things to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life."

Second John

Second John varies from First John in that in Second John, John, instead of giving a warning against church apostasy, shows a grievous concern of church apostasy, specifically of the false teachers that have so easily infiltrated the church. To rival this church apostasy, John expresses a deep Spirit-filled joy for those in the church who remain strong and loyal...those who keep on keeping.

Apostasy. a·pos'ta·si Noun. [Greek apostasia, a standing away from, a defection-apo, from, and root sta, to stand.] An abandonment of what one has professed; a total desertion or departure from one's faith, principles, or party.

I once read a phrase, on a church sign, that read, "Peace begins with a smile." Now, according to my Bible, peace does not begin with smiling, anyone can smile, a believer and a non-believer alike. Peace begins with asking God for His forgiveness. This is a peace with God. Romans 5:1--"Since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Once we have this peace with God, we are given the peace of God. Galatians 5:22-23--"The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." Thus we have peace with God and the peace of God.

This leads to our rejoicing which is then shown with the smiles on our faces. A true and pure smile, not a smile that may or may not be hiding deceit and sin. This is how we profess the attitudes of our lives; through the peace we have with God and the peace that we have of God. Philippians 4:4-7--"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard yor hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

An important point of LASERing by John in Second John:

  1. 2 John 1:811--"Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcome him shares in his wicked work."

Third John

Unlike First John, which warned of church apostasy, and Second John, which showed concern for church apostasy, Third John gave insight regarding church apostasy. And, in so giving such insights, John inspired the saints, even saints today, to remain faithful despite the obvious opposition Christians are forced to face. John loved deeply, and showed a true joy for those who chose to walk in obedience to will and purpose of God.

Apostasy. a·pos'ta·si Noun. [Greek apostasia, a standing away from, a defection-apo, from, and root sta, to stand.] An abandonment of what one has professed; a total desertion or departure from one's faith, principles, or party.

An important point of LASERing by John in Third John:

  • 3 John 1:11--"Dear friend, do no imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from god. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God."

A Short Exposé on the book of Jude

I give a lot of credence to my ancestral blood lines, as much as I do to Mark's ancestral blood lines; in fact, we have just gone done celebrating March birthdays (Mark, Michaela, and Alana) and Scottish history...fun times! But, there's a lot of other interesting facts about my blood lines and Mark's blood lines. Mark has an ancestor, William H. Brannon, who fought in the American Revolutionary War and whose pension papers were signed by George Washington. On another line, Mark's ancestors were Texas Rangers, and who wore the very famous white felt cowboy hats. Mark's third great grandfather, James Lockridge Gosset, was present in General Sam Houston's audience when Santa Anna surrendered to General Houston. Another line of Mark's goes all the way back to the House of Plantagenet, to include King Edward I, King Edward II, and King Edward III. My own ancestral lines are just as interesting: Charlemagne, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 742 AD; a concubine of Pepin I of Austrasia in the 500s; the House of Plantagenet; Flavius Theodosius, and the Merovingian Dynasty going back to Childeric of 457 AD.

And we (Mark and I) are not the only two people on this planet, during any time period on this planet, that can give such awesome ancestral blood line ties.

Jude refers himself first as a servant of Jesus Christ and then as a brother of James. Jude, himself is a bloodline brother of Jesus; but, Jude did not want to give more to the blood line of the same familial ties with Jesus as he wanted to give to being bought by the blood of Jesus. For Jude, the blood of the cross was much greater than that of a familial blood line. Jude wanted his audience to know that the new everlasting life he had in Jesus Christ was more important than having grown up with Jesus in the same household.

Jude, like John, had a deep and earnest concern for the apostasy of the Church of God (not the denomination). He addressed all faithful Christian in his letter (Jude 1:1), encouraging them to contend for the faith (Jude 1:3). Jude also states, unequivocally, that we [Christians] must answer the call of God. When God calls us to His service, and all Christians are called to God's service, we are sanctified by God to His glory.

Jude 1:24-25--"To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy-t the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen."

What does it mean to contend for the faith? To be a Christian is to stand, shoulder to shoulder, with millions upon millions of other Christians (past and present). There are stronger Christians and there are weaker Christians. There are older Christians and there are younger Christians. And all Christians work hard and diligently to maintain their Faith Walk, even when we have to lean on each other. We are each of great value to one another. Think of a priceless artifact from ages past that makes a tour from one museum to another. Would that priceless artifact, which is of great value, ever be left unattended? Of course not! And neither is the Christian, who is of great value and worth to the Lord, remain unattended, by God or by a fellow Christian. And, so, all Christians in all times from all over the globe stand shoulder to shoulder, uncompromising in their faith, contend and walking in a God-given victory, for the faith.

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Stay Tuned...

The book of Revelation is the last book of the New Testament and of the Bible. Revelation is, in and of itself, the revelation of Jesus Christ. This book is written to warn against all manners of spiritual indifference and to encourage Christians under persecution. Much symbolism and imagery is used to describe the prophetic events that will take place at the very end of the age. The ultimate victory of Jesus Christ is shown in its complete fulfillment as we near the last words of the book of Revelation, and of the Bible...Revelation 22:20-21--"He who testifies to these things says, 'Yes, I am coming soon.' Amen. Come Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen."

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