Verse 12 These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead.
After talking about the danger of these false teachers we have to pay close attention to another point that Jude makes about them, they are among us. This is the one reason it is so important to pay attention to the truth of the Word.
Knowing that they are among us only helps us if we know what to look for and be aware of. It is one thing to be aware of the false teaching that is coming from the pulpit but what about the other areas of influence? If we are honest with ourselves about it, there should be just as much concern about the other people who have influence over our thinking and believing. Maybe it is someone in our Bible study or a Sunday school teacher. Maybe it is an elder or deacon. Maybe, in fact, it is just a friend that we hold a lot of esteem in. This isn’t to say that all of these people are false teachers just that we need to be aware on all fronts and not let our guard down when it comes to the truth.
Jude doesn’t leave us with a blanket warning about all those that we do fellowship with. He gives a hint at the type of people that we need to be on the outlook for. They tend to be brazen and bold. They aren’t nervous about being among those that they are leading astray. They are not afraid to befriend others, especially those that they see as weak in their faith. Those who are weak in their faith also tend to be less concerned with the truth.
This brings us to an important question to ask ourselves, how concerned are we about the truth? Ephesians 4:14 shows us the problem we face when we are not sitting under the teaching and preaching of those gifted by the Holy Spirit to educate the Church. Paul tells the Ephesians, “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.” When we are not intentional about learning the truth we are in a sense saying that we want to stay as infants in our faith. And the immature are more likely to be led astray by what they are told.
Making It Personal
Have you ever believed something that you later found to be untrue? How intentional are you about growing in your faith? Are you continuously taking steps to grow or are you comfortable where you are?
Making It Personal Kids
Why is it important to know truth? How can you know the truth? What do you do to make sure you know the truth?
Father, thank You for giving us wisdom to know what the truth is. Give us an ever growing desire to seek the truth and grow in maturity in our faith. In Jesus’ name, amen.