How to remain in Christ’s Love

Daily Spirit & Word: 703: Jude’s Encouragements.

Build Yourselves Up In Your Most Holy Faith.

How to Remain in Christ’s Love.

Good morning my friends, I enjoyed a wonderful day off yesterday in the garden pulling up blackberry brambles that had spread like wildfire, creeping into the cracks of a rockery that once contained a pond. It’s amazing how the weeds spread and do so much damage. Last year I couldn’t do much in the garden because of a sore back, but now I’m almost free from pain, it’s an amazing joy to be able to be active again. Yet I’m surprised by just how invasive the weeds in London are.

Jude 1:20-21
20  But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.
21  Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

As I read through Jude this morning, I could almost physically hear the Lord Jesus Christ in my head, saying, “Remain in My Love”

  • Where did Jesus say that?
  • What did He mean?
  • What does Jude mean? “Keep yourselves in God’s love”

Jesus said it: In His Awesome Teaching On the Vine and Branches.

John 15:7-16
7  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
8  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9  “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.
10  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.
11  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
12  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
13  Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
14  You are my friends if you do what I command.
15  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
16  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

Jude epistle (God’s Word) wants us to know that we must “REMAIN” in the Love of Jesus Christ. That we must keep building ourselves up in the most holy faith.

He starts his letter by reminding those to whom he’s writing that we’re in a BATTLE, there is CONTENTION about what “THE FAITH” is. Many have entered into Christ’s members and twisted the pure Gospel that was once delivered to the saints.

Our BATTLE or CONTENTION:

It’s not over church decoration, pew placement, chair arrangement, the worship band singing too loud or too quiet. Nor is it the latest whole church campaign, but it is a real CONTENTION about the faith that has been handed down and entrusted to us from the Apostles and our Lord Jesus Christ. We really must keep up the battle, when we see error we must expose it, because so many youngsters in the faith are being drawn away and enticed into false Gospels. Remembering of course that our battle is NOT against flesh and blood, i.e. not people, but against spiritual forces of evil.

Jude 1:3 “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.”

The Faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.

We have been entrusted with the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ.

It’s our most holy duty to preserve the whole Gospel and to CONTEND for this faith entrusted to our care.

We see the Gospel being partially delivered in the media.

A partial Gospel is a watering down of the full Gospel message.

Even our Prime Minister says quite openly “Britain is a Christian Country”… but his government is the first in history to want to monitor, control and dictate what we are teaching in our Sunday Schools, enlisting OFSTED to ensure that we’re NOT radicalising youngsters. He wants us to promote British Values: but many of Britain’s Values are not “Christian” or “Biblical” values.

For instance: forcing mothers who’ve got young children back into work. Who’s the best person to be looking after infants? I believe with all my heart that it’s not pre-schools, but their own mothers. Yes toddler groups are great for encouraging youngsters to mix and learn to be sociable, but pre-schools? No, I believe mothers not nurseries are best for our infants. They need the love that only a mother can give. We should be encouraging parents and supporting them in bringing up their own children.

Benefits Cuts: This government has given TAX BREAKS to those who are the richest in society, and cut the benefits that the poorest people receive. They want to force people into work, but we’ve known countless numbers of people who are practically unemployable because of their mental condition or social circumstances, who’ve been sanctioned and had their benefits stopped all together. British Values????

Bombing Syria: IS: The UK Governments (British Values) voted to bomb Syria. But Jesus did not say, “Bomb your enemies” He said, “Love your enemies, do good to those that hate you”. ISIS definitely hate everything that the UK stands for, but we’re to LOVE our enemies. Show them Christ’s LOVE not weapons of war. I know it hard, but that’s what we’re called upon by Jesus to do. British Values??? Let’s LOVE each other as Jesus has loved us and gave His life for us.

  • Christian values: Parents bring up your children in the ways of the Lord.
  • Christian values: feed the poor, love your enemy, do good to those that hate you, look after widows and orphans.
  • There is a BATTLE going on for the “Faith once and for all time entrusted to the saints”..

BTW: Those “saints” in Jude’s letter are not those who’ve died and been made saints by the Roman Catholic Church, but every single Christian who’s been set free from sin by the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s you and me, if you’ve trusted Christ as your Lord and received Him as your Saviour: You are the SAINT to whom Jude is writing.

What is that FAITH we’re to CONTEND for?

Jesus tells us clearly in John 15:16 “I chose you and appointed you”

When you became a Christian it wasn’t your idea to follow Jesus. It was because Jesus was already, by the Holy Spirit, drawing you to Himself. He chose you to become a believer, a follower and a disciple.

It was the LORD’s initiative that brought you to trust: That Jesus died upon the Cross for the sins of all mankind, because of God’s love, He rose again from the dead and now reigns in Heaven. He’s calling all people to REPENT and receive forgiveness for their sins, so that they can escape the judgement that coming. They’ll be SAVED from Hell if they repent and trust the ONLY Saviour of Mankind.

When Jesus chose you to become a Christian, His desire and our Heavenly Father’s desire, is that you BE FRUITFUL in your walk with Him.

How are we going to be “Fruitful”?

By remaining in His love… John 15:8-10…

How do we “remain in His love”?

By being obedient to His Commands. The Commands of Jesus Christ. John 15:10.

How do we know Jesus Commands?

By reading and understanding the WORD of God, by hearing the Word of God and by DOING the Word of God.

That is HOW we do what Jude is calling us to do:

Jude 1:20-21
20  But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.
21  Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

We keep ourselves in God’s love and build ourselves up in the most holy faith, by praying in the Holy Spirit, obeying Christ’s commands in Scripture and wait for our Eternal life that He’s promised to all who live for Him.

  • Saints, we need to be in God’s WORD ourselves.
  • We need to gather together around God’s Word: To study it together (Discipleship).
  • We need to keep listening to Preachers who really do LOVE God’s Word and Jesus Christ as their LORD and Saviour.
  • We need to keep doing what God’s Word tells us.
  • That way we will build up our faith.
  • That’s the way we’re going to remain in Christ’s love.

When we do all of these things, then our Love for Jesus will grow stronger.

When we do all of these things, then our Love for our fellow saints in Christ will be enriched.

What did I learn on my day-off yesterday?

The Brambles will grow when we’re not looking.

The Weeds will spread, when not attended.

False Gospels and wrong teaching will creep into the church if we are not contending for the faith.

Jesus wants me to Contend for the faith once for all entrusted to the saints.

It’s a never ending battle to maintain the pure holy Gospel faith that has been entrusted to us, the Saints in Jesus Christ, we need to REMAIN IN CHRIST’S LOVE and keep building ourselves up in the most holy faith. We’ll be fruitful when we’re being obedient to Christ’s commands.

Keep going for Jesus my friends,

Contend for the pure Gospel once for all delivered and entrusted to the Saints: You are those Saints.

Have a glorious weekend.

Don.

Tomorrow’s Teaching: Do you know how much of a friend we have in Jesus?

John 11:49-52 (NIV)
49  Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all!
50  You do not realise that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”
51  He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation,
52  and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.

 

2 Replies to “How to remain in Christ’s Love”

  1. Thanks for that don.
    I always learn from you in what you right. Don’t ever stop teaching us we need it so much. Thank you.

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