Context: But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Jude 1:17-25 NIV
Okay, so let's work. Jude pins a powerful letter to the church stressing the need to continue to contend for the Faith. However, he ends with a power closing statement, after his letter warning the Body of Christ about the falsehood of many leaders that have slipped in amongst them. In this outward expression of my thoughts, I have three simple points that I believe Jude wanted us to understand in order to avoid all that he has depicted in his letter.
Those three points are: Remember, Recommend, and Reverence.
Now remember Jude's entire letter starting at verse three discuss falsehood in leadership and how to identify it. Yet he closes his letter n verse 17-19 by telling us to Remember. In this current hour we must remember what he has already spoken. What God has spoken. We all know that there is nothing new under the sun. Jude says even in verse five, I'm not telling you something that you haven't already heard. You know that you are your brother's keeper. You know that you must give to God as though you don't own it; knowing He'll give it back. You know that insight and instruction will be given if you ask. You must remember that if you do what is acceptable you'll be accepted. You must remember if you forget God, He will punish you. But I MUST urge you that you must REMEMBER his teachings, given to you by the apostles and prophet! (Eph 2:20) We talked about it a few weeks ago, and it even mentions briefly in Jude three "how God delivered the Children from Egypt but later destroyed them because of their unfaithfulness." When we forget God, we get proud like Hosea 13:6 says. But in this season God is saying remember the prophetic insight and apostolic teaching that you have received before now - so that you won't be tricked. Lastly, remember the new teachings that you have learned by reading the letter of Jude. He was teaching us "how to identify the false Spirit that has came or would come in."
The second point is Recommend. Jude recommended to them ways to steer clear of the false teaching that would proceed these false teachers. Jude told them by building yourself up on your Most Holy Faith and praying in the Holy Spirit - keep yourselves in God's love as you wait on him. Jude also recommended for us, as they/we wait on mercy - to be merciful, even to those who doubt the coming. He says, "save others by snatching them from the fire." Or in other words have mercy to get mercy but also save some by warning them of the current dangers, just like you were warned. Spread the word like it was spread to you. When the man of God tells you something tell someone else. What happen to "when you see something, say something." That's snatching others out of the fire too. Jude also said something profound in verse 22, "to some show mercy mixed with fear - hating the clothing or the sin that caused their sinful life. Meaning, grant them favor even if they don't deserve it. Bless others even when you don't have it, but don't sin to do it. Don't have mercy because you need mercy; have mercy because you respect or reverence God's Word/Law. If you see something bad or good about to happen or happening, make a recommendation saving them. It's better for you to bless God by being obedient by saying something when it should be said. This next season will call for RECOMMENDATIONS.!
Lastly while I'm on this point - Reverence. God is calling for us to reverence him. Reverence is a name for worship meaning giving or doing in honor of . In closing Jude's letter, he reverenced or in other words; addressed God in a formal or honoring fashion. Verse 24 starts by saying "Now unto Him" then it describes God. Back then they had such a smooth way for talking. They knew how to make someone feel worthy. Jude reverenced or addressed The Holy Spirit as one who is able to keep you from stumbling and present you blameless before His present glory with great joy, talking to the only God, our Savior. He says unto Him be glory majesty power and authority through Jesus Christ. So Jude ends His final statements saying TO GOD BE THE GLORY. No matter what is going on with the current authorities and police, no matter the circumstances with corrupt power and the power being off - TO GOD BE THE GLORY. I'm done. There is not more to say. Because Jude's writing tells me - that's how you prepare a true message from God to the people. Teach them what was taught or remind them, then recommend what they should do in there own situation but finally after all is said and done - just Reverence the Most Holy Father by giving Him glory and majesty. My God, My God that was Good. So in my closing I can say nothing but despite all that is going on because you're connected to the right Prophet to warn you of what's coming to GOD BE GLORY