Outline—Jude 8–11

  1. Defiled dreamers (v. 8)
  2. Disputing with the devil (v. 9)
  3. Destruction declared (v. 10)
  4. Destiny described (v. 11)

Related Quote:

"The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe." —John Walter Wayland, 1899

Take Home Points

  • Are you willing to let the Word of God determine your relationships?
  • Are you truly born again? Apostates who think they are saved and sin—and as they sin they become the worst, because they have left the truth and they are now unbridled—they run greedily after the error of Balaam; they run and rush in the direction of error. Are you truly born again?—Is there within you that which is truly acceptable to God? Don’t be like Cain who brought a great offering, but his heart was rotten.
  • Apostasy is not confined to preachers: Cain was a farmer; Balaam was a prophet; Korah was a prince. Are you an apostate? Are you finding ways in which you once held the truth, and you’re letting it go? Are you finding ways in which you’re rejecting God’s authority? Are you struggling with authority somewhere, or are you taking too much authority upon yourself?: You’re not following the example of Michael; you’re wanting to run the show, when God is the one who does the rebuking.

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