Jude 16-19 / Mockers (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on January 12, 2013

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This is the eighth in an series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of Jude. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of January 6, 2013. The message deals with mockers in the last days, as Jude refers back to Peter’s second letter. This post contains an audio recording of the sermon, plus my sermon notes. Please note that the notes are not a full transcript. To get the entire message, you’ll need to listen to the Audio.

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Jude 16-19

SERMON NOTES:

Jude 16-19

v.16:
These false teachers are grumblers and complainers. They are ungodly people who mock God. They spoke harsh things against God.

Jude 15

In fact, constant complaining is another sign of an ungodly person. The Godly person should do all things without complaining.

Philippians 2:4

They use flattery to speak to itching ears, and they do it all for personal gain.

2 Timothy 4:3-4

Fables will be their doctrine!

vv.17-19:
These people do nothing but divide, and Jude says to remember the words of the apostles, and the very words he is speaking of are the words of Peter. He speaks of the scoffers, mockers, and the fables which they will teach.

2 Peter 3:3-9

The last days began when the resurrected Jesus ascended to heaven, and we don’t know how long they will last. But one thing we need to be aware of, is that there will be scoffers, people who mock Jesus and His word.

Peter has left the false teachers, and has now moved to those who openly scoff at and mock the Gospel message. This is one reason that Peter has just stressed that the Bible is God’s word. He wants his readers to know that although people will mock it and attack it, the Bible can be trusted.
These people are easy to spot. They don’t try to hide their scorn, and they are concerned only with their own desires.

One of the first things the scoffer will say is “where is this Jesus that you keep talking about, why hasn’t he returned yet?”

Notice the second part of their mocking, it is the basis for a great many of the attacks against the Bible today.

They say nothing has changed, everything is happening just like it always has. It is Uniformitarianism, the belief that the way things happen today, is the way they have always happened.

This idea became prominent in 1830 by a geologist named Charles Lyell, when he wrote “principles of Geology.”

Lyell was highly influenced by James Hutton, who was the first to theorize uniformitarianism.

Hutton also theorized uniformitarianism for living organisms too. The works of Hutton and Lyell would later influence Charles Darwin.

Failure to take into account the Biblical record of earths past, will lead to a wrong interpretation of the future.

Not believing the proven Biblical record, will cause unbelief of Biblical prophesy.
Peter starts his example by citing a denial of the Biblical record of creation.

Peter says that people willfully forget, they don’t want to know the truth.

The Bible declares that God is the Creator and that He created the earth out of the water. That’s what Peter was referencing.

Genesis 1:1-2

We see evidence of the creation all around us.

Psalm 19:1

We should understand that God is the Creator.

Hebrews 11:1-3

Our faith consists of substance and evidence which can be seen in the creation. And because of this, all people are without excuse.

Romans 1:20

Why do people willfully choose to deny the truth? The simple answer is that if they acknowledged a creator, then they would have to acknowledge His authority. Pride keeps people from doing that.
By refusing to acknowledge the waters of creation, they also refuse to acknowledge the waters of judgment.

If God created this earth, then He owns it. If God owns this earth, then He can judge it if He wants to. He makes the rules and you’d better find out who He is, and what He wants.

These scoffers say that the earth could not have been flooded, but if we are honest, we can see the marks of this watery judgment all around us.

  • Fault lines (Genesis 7:11)
  • Rock layers (settling of sediment/hydrologic sorting)
  • Fossil record (Rapid burial required)
  • Polystrate fossils
  • Coal (30-300 million years to form? Jewelry, spoons, a thimble, and other man made items have been found inside lumps of coal over the years).
  • Oil (Can be made quickly in labs / Earth’s crust could only hold the pressure for a few thousand years)
  • Grand Canyon (Colorado river enters at 2800′ above sea level, and the rim peaks at 7000-8000′).

The evidence is there, but if people admit a past judgment then they have to admit the possibility of a future judgment.
The same word that created and judged in the past, will judge again. Some people will deny it, right up until the very day.

On that day the same word that creates and judges, the same word that the scoffers deny, will cleanse and renew by purging the earth of all unrighteousness.
Notice that this verse doesn’t say that a day IS 1000 years or that 1000 years IS a day. It says that they are alike, to God. (God’s perspective, not man’s)

Secondly, this statement simply cancels itself out. It informs us that time is meaningless to God. That is the ultimate point here, it’s not defining what a day is.

The judgment will happen in God’s time, and only that time.
The simple truth is that God will judge, and many will perish, but He is patient. He keeps holding off judgment, waiting for one more person to get saved.

CONCLUSION:
Is your will the same as God’s will? Are you sharing the Gospel, trying to lead people to Christ? If so, then what?

Our job is not just to tell, it is to make disciples.

Matthew 28:19-20

In order to do that, you have to teach. A disciple is someone who follows Jesus, and how can you teach someone to follow if you are flying blind, and don’t know where you are going?

Do you believe what the Bible says, and can you demonstrate it to others? If not, ask yourself this question: would you trust someone who has no idea why they believe the way they do?

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