Exhortation to Believers
Exhortation to Believers: 1:17-18.
Christians are the beloved people of God. They are preserved in Christ Jesus. Someone has said "Preservation is the continues operation of the Holy Spirit in the believer by which the work of divine grace which God begun in him will be brought to completion". What God started He will bring into completion. When the kindness and the love of God our Savior appeared He saved us (Titus 3:4). Salvation is initiated by God. There is no preservation apart from faith in Christ. Even this faith is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith (Heb 12:1). Jude exhorts us to stay close to Christ by studying God’s word and live in unbroken fellowship with Him. He is the living Savior and He will preserve us from falling. Someone has said “You are not strong enough to fall away from Christ as long as God is resolved to hold you”. God knows those who are his, and let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity (2 Tim 2:19). Jude exhorts that we should “Keep yourselves in the love of God” (21). Here the emphasis is God's love toward us. We love God because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). This is the antidote to apostasy. Apostasy is the defection from the once for all given faith (vs 3). Jude explains how does one keep himself in the love of God?
Keep yourselves in the love of God: 1: 21
Here the main imperative is “Keep yourselves in the love of God". The emphasis is God’s love for us and not our love for him. We love God because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). His love is eternal and never changes (Jeremiah 31:3). The proof of God’s love is clearly seen in sending His Son to die for us (John 3:16; 1 John 4:10). Here we see God’s eternal love finding its eternal expression on the cross. This love is not sentimental or emotional but sacrificial. God’s love is expressed through His goodness, compassion, patience and forgiveness. God's love is better than life (Psalms 63:3). Love is the very essence of God (1 John 4: 7-16). We love God because he first loved us. It is the greatest and the first commandment of the law (Mt 22:36-40). It is relational and will produce grief to God when not responded (Gen 6:5, 6). God wants us to love him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength (Mark 12:30). Only a forgiven soul can appreciate God’s love. They will love their neighbor as themselves because God has poured His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5). Many Christians feel insecure because of the lack of knowledge of God’s love towards them. God loves us as much as He loves Christ (John 17:23). Nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:38, 39). In Worship we acknowledge God's love toward us. His love enables us to submit to His purpose in obedience. This also would quicken our conscience about the holiness and beauty of our Savior (Psalms 103:1, 2; 84:1, 2). When we respond to God’s love in worship, we will experience that love in life. Those who love Christ, keep His commandments (John 14:15, 21). We sin because we are not satisfied with Christ. Though God shows tough love toward the prodigals, He patiently waits for them to return (Luke 15:20).
God’s Amazing Love:
How God’s love is reignited?
God saved us to grow in the grace and in the knowledge of Christ (2 Pet 3:18). The Holy Spirit reignites this love.