You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
4 For [gar] there are certain [tis] men [anthropos] crept in unawares [pareisduno], who [ho] were before [prographo] of old [palai] ordained [prographo] to [eis] this [touto] condemnation [krima], ungodly men [asebes], turning [metatithemi] the grace [charis] of our [hemon] God [theos] into [eis] lasciviousness [aselgeia], and [kai] denying [arneomai] the only [monos] Lord [despotes] God [theos], and [kai] our [hemon] Lord [kurios] Jesus [Iesous] Christ [Christos]. KJV-Interlinear
4 For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. NASB
Jude will mention Enoch later in this letter, which indicates that he was in tuned to the attitudes and beliefs of believers throughout human history, even in all generations. Enoch was just seven generations from Adam, and Enoch lived at the same time as Adam and Eve. See the 'Generations' chart on the web sight or in your Charts E-Book
In history there are two opinions. There is Gods opinion, and then there is everything else.
Gods opinion is truth. It runs the full gamut of Bible doctrine to the accurate laws of physics and so forth which man has discovered in the sciences. It includes the divine attributes of the laws of establishment in ones own mental state as well as the laws that rule economics. And much, much more. All of these things were invented and designed by God for mans benefit.
Mans opinions include all of the wrong interpretations and misapplications of Gods truths. These include things like evolution, homosexuality, horoscope stuff, mans idea that he will one day rise to some higher plane of existence, tax the rich and free the poor concepts, and much, much more.
When man pursues a legitimate Bible study in the appropriate manner prescribed by God, then man will learn he truths of life and understand his own place in history.
When man ignores Gods truths, then he begins to misinterpret truth and consequently begins to pursue the lies he invents himself.
Many lies of history began with Satan, the father of all lies. It is in fact Satan who began all lies and man just takes those seeds and adds to them to his own destruction.
In every generation there have been people who try to mislead other people. People who ignore God are driven by their sin nature. The sin nature is driven by lies and the foundation of the sin nature is arrogance. The sins of the sin nature are filled with lusts and characteristics that run from lasciviousness to asceticism.
Driven for power, and wealth, and rule, or even just approbation, negative people will try to impose their will on humanity in general, in order to get a following of people to satisfy their ego.
Jude mentions these people in his current generation, and Jude also mentions that these people (evil types) not only exist currently as contemporaries of Jude, but have existed in every generation since ancient times. And, they are always a condemned people.
They exist even in our current day. We can look to liberal politicians, ego driven entertainers, arrogant socialites, professors who think they have discovered the correct interpretations of truth and so forth. In fact you can look around and in every corner you will find those who ignore God and doctrine and Christ and Christianity in general, and in so doing they have only one other philosophy to pursue in life - the lies or everyday common accepted knowledge that they accept as their truth.
Criminals think they have every right to take or destroy. Tyrants think they have every right to abuse their power. Social gossips think they have every right to judge others. Politicians think they have every right to legislate social behavior. Anyone who has an opinion think they have the right to impose it on others.
The world is full of distractions. Both from the philosophical point of view, to the common everyday busy schedules we all seem to have. These all serve as distractions away from Gods truth, and point folks in the wrong direction away from their spiritual lives.
19 And when they say to you, 'Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,' should not a people consult their God? NASB
13 'And the prophets are as wind, And the word is not in them. Thus it will be done to them!' NASB
2 Peter 2:3
3 and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. NASB
1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. NASB
2 Tim. 3:6-7
6 For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. NASB
'Weak women' or 'silly women' is a representative phrase illustrating people (both male and female) who lack Bible doctrine in their souls. Thus they lack truth and therefore are susceptible to the silliness of the lies of this world. They are easily distracted and deceived and taken advantage of.
But unlike many folks who ignore their studies in doctrine, these 'silly women' types pursue their studies in doctrine but on their own terms. That is, they do not study under the environment of fellowship. They make up their own rules for study and spiritual growth, and the spiritual life. They read the Bible, memorize verses and so forth, but their spiritual study mechanism is off line and they simply do not benefit from the spiritual aspects of Bible study. They gain only the academic aspects.
They know a lot of information, but they possess little if any of the spiritual value.
Throughout history these various attacks against truth will continue in every generation, but with restraint by the Holy Spirit. That is the only reason that the human race has survived to this point in time. But one day that restraint will be removed from the world (at the Rapture) and then history will see that mans opinions alone will send humanity down a fast nosedive to total annihilation. God (Jesus Christ) will have to step in to save what is left at the Second Advent.
2 Thess. 2:6-8
6 And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he may be revealed. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. NASB
Forewarned is forearmed. Continue in your Bible study and you will never be deceived, or at least not too often. Ignore Gods Word and you leave yourself open to certain destruction by means of your own susceptibility to the deceptiveness of the world.
Any, repeat, any, departure from truth, is a rejection of the source of truth, Jesus Christ. Good intentions, good logic, good feelings all, are not substitutes for Gods truth.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.