Jude 3

I recently traded emails with a brother and the question about Jude 3 came up and what exactly is the “common salvation”. Well I am not as well read in Jude as I should be, but I had my Johnny Mac with me and I wrote out his commentary. Not wanting that to go to waste, I thought I would post it here, in the hope it would be available for you down the road….Enjoy!

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. Jude 3

beloved. compare to v. Jude 17, and Jude 20.
I found it necessary. compare to 1 Cor 9:16. This verse implies that Jude had intended to write a letter on salvation as the common blessing enjoyed by all believers, perhaps to emphasize unity and fellowship among believers, and remind them that God is no respecter of persons. But he was compelled, instead, to write a call to battle for the truth in light o the arrival of apostate teachers.
contend earnestly. While the salvation of those to whom he wrote as not in jeopardy, false teachers preaching and living out a counterfeit gospel were misleading those  who needed to hear the true gospel. Jude wrote this urgent imperative for Christians to wage war against error in all forms and fight strenuously for the truth, like a soldier who has been entrusted with a sacred task of guarding a holy treasure (compare 1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Tim. 4:7).
The faith. This is the whole body of revealed salvation truth contained in the Scriptures (compare Gal. 1:23, Eph. 4:5, 13; Phil. 1:27; 1 Tim. 4:1) see also  Jude 20. Here is a call to know sound doctrine (Eph. 4:14; Col. 3:16; 1 Pet. 2:2; 1 John 2:12-14) to be discerning in sorting out truth from error (1 Thess. 5:20-22), and to be willing to confront and attack error.
once for all delivered….saints. God’s revelation was delivered once as a unit, at the completion of the Scripture, and is not to be edited by either deletion or addition (compare Deut. 4:2; Deut. 12:32; Prov. 30:6; Rev. 22:18-19). Scripture is complete, sufficient and finished; Therefore it is fixed for all time. Nothing is to be added to the body of the inspired Word because nothing else is needed. It is the responsibility of believers now to study the Word (2 Tim. 2:15), preach the Word (2 Tim. 4:2) and fight for its preservation.
saints. Believers are identified as holy, since they are set apart from sin to God.

How my Jeep teaches humility

Ah, the Jeep. Specifically a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. At 170,000 miles, running on its original transmission, engine and drive-train, the thing is a beast and probably deserves a spot in the Jeep hall of fame. But any small part, trinket, bearing or vacuum line that can and will break…has and most likely will.

We received this Jeep as a gift from my mother-in-law after Nicole and I married. We sold her Jeep Wrangler, and my 89 Suburban to raise enough funds to get married…so being without a car, her mother gave us her deceased husband’s (nicole’s stepdad) Jeep to drive around. We were told “Don’t worry about it, just drive it till it breaks.” Wow, thanks!

And while the Jeep has safely taken us to Palm Springs, Sedona, Prescott and all around the Phoenix Valley, it definitely likes to throw some surprises in. For example:

– Small crack in windshield, turns into a topographical map of the Mississippi river
– AC condensor leaks
– Input manifold becomes clogged with gunk; Need regular dis-assembly + cleaning
– The interior is shot and peeling.
– The dash light/gauges cannot be read at night
– The serpentine belt shot off and took out the idler pulley
– Brakes have been completely rebuilt, including rotors
– Rear gate and window hydraulics are broken and don’t hold. User operation at it’s best!
– Oil leaks from engine block and so does the seal to the transmission
– AC vacuum lines going

And this is just since we got it! And while I guess I could just “go get something new”, I definitely feel the Lord telling me to wait. I always have the new stuff, the best stuff and usually right when it comes out. To my own detriment and showing a lack & weakness of trust in our Saviour, I too often react emotionally, taking control, with the age-old adage “We can do it”. I come from a family of “we can do it’s”. Instead the Lord tell us to wait on Him, and that He will take care of our needs. Matthew 6:26-34 (rollover over verse to see it…cool huh?) is clear on this.

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Build your house on the Rock

Everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does NOT do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.” Matthew 7:26 (emphasis added)

The house built on the sand symbolizes a spiritual life build on the foundation of human opinions, attitudes, and wills, which are ALWAYS shifting and unstable…Don’t be like the one who superficially and carelessly chooses a section of the world’s sand to build his hope on. Instead, be concerned about the depth of spiritual reward that comes with wisely considering and carefully choosing God’s solid foundation.

(originally published in “Truth for Today – A Daily Touch of God’s Grace” by John MacArthur)

The Road of Life

Originally posted at: http://tr.im/uBsa

At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die.

He was out there sort of like a president. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I really didn’t know Him. But later on when I met Christ, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal. I don’t know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since.

When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring, but predictable . . .It was the shortest distance between two points.But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck speeds, it was all I could do to hang on! Even though it looked like madness, He said, "Pedal!" I worried and was anxious and asked, "Where are you taking me?" He laughed and didn’t answer, and I started to learn to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure. And when I’d say, "I’m scared," He’d lean back and touch my hand. He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance and joy. They gave me gifts to take on my journey, my Lord’s and mine.And we were off again. He said, "Give the gifts away; they’re extra baggage, too much weight." So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light. I did not trust Him, at first, in control of my life. I thought He’d wreck it; but He knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, knows how to fly to shorten scary passages. And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.

And when I’m sure I just can’t do anymore, He just smiles and says . . . "Pedal."

Scripture Verses: Committing to Memory

One of the things I have struggled with is the memorization of scripture. There are parts I have down that I can recall and even ‘sections’ I know to point to when speaking about a specific topic, but overall I am lacking in my ability to call scripture exactly when needed.

If you’d like to see what I mean, check out Brother John Piper:

Yeah…I’m no where close to that…But I’d like to accomplish two things. First, I need to test out some new verse plugins, that I’ve recently installed. So when I say things like….”I love Psalms 37:4″…the verse shows up (Did it?) Secondly, to begin to list out the verses I’d like to commit to memory, practice them and eventually be able to recall them accurately.

Eventually I’d love to get to what Challies is doing here:

That’s all for now 😉