Ungodly Deeds and Hard Speeches

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Ungodly Deeds and Hard Speeches

“To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” (Jude 1:15)

Jude is referencing the preaching of pre-Flood Enoch, who warned about God’s coming judgment when the Lord returns “with ten thousands of his saints” (v. 14). Jude identifies two ungodly traits that bring about this judgment.

First, there are ungodly deeds that were committed in an ungodly way. Perhaps the best commentary on this deep sin is the Lord Jesus’ description of the unbelief of those who reject the gospel of salvation: “This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). Their actions were not mere misdeeds; these deeds were committed with full knowledge of the “light”—and their perpetrators consciously ran away from that light to hide in the “darkness.”

Then there are hard speeches that have been spoken by ungodly sinners against the Lord Jesus. Perhaps these fierce words were uttered as diatribes against the authority of Christ to judge. Peter alludes to these kinds of sinners as “scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming?” (2 Peter 3:3-4). Paul comments that these kinds of people “changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator” (Romans 1:25).

And that appears to coincide with the nature of the word “ungodly.” All three forms that appear in Jude 1:15 are negative forms of the word for worship. The “un” part of the word stresses the lack of honor and deference that are due the Creator of the universe. These ungodly sinners will be condemned by their own deeds and fierce words. HMM III

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THE ANSWER MY FRIEND…IS BLOWING IN THE WIND

Ezekiel 37:3-10 NKJV
And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.”

[4] Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!

[5] Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.

[6] I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.

[7] So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone.

[8] Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.

[9] Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.

[10] So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

The blowing wind reminds us of the helpless condition of man without Christ Jesus…The blowing wind reminds us of the presence of God in the Life of those who are born again…The blowing wind reminds us of The Power of God over ALL OF LIFE.

WHAT OR WHO IS THIS MIGHTY BLOWING OR RUSHING WIND ?

IT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT…

Acts 2:1-21 NKJV
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. [2] And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. [3] Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. [4] And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. [5] And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. [6] And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.

You see…they were SPEAKING in Languages that they understood…says so right here…this speaking in tongues was not some form of jiberish or gaberish coming from a stirring up of an emotional state. It may have sounded that way to the different dialects of the people that were present from all over the different regions, however, they understood their own languages of their perspective regions.

[7] Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? [8] And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? [9] Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, [10] Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, [11] Cretans and Arabs-we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” [12] So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?” [13] Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.” [14] But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. [15] For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. [16] But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: [17] ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. [18] And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. [19] I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. [20] The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. [21] And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.’

John 20:21-22 KJV
Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. [22] And when he had said this, he breathed on them , and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

WHY DO PEOPLE REJECT JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOR?

“Why do people reject Jesus as their Savior?”
The decision to accept or reject Jesus as Savior is the ultimate life decision. Why do many people choose to reject Jesus as Savior?

There are perhaps as many different reasons for rejecting Christ as there are people who reject Him, but the following four reasons can serve as general categories.

1) Some people do not think they need a savior. These people consider themselves to be “basically good” and do not realize that they, like all people, are sinners who cannot come to God on their own terms. But Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Those who reject Christ will not be able to stand before God and successfully plead their own case on their own merits.
2) The fear of social rejection or persecution deters some people from receiving Christ as Savior. The unbelievers in John 12:42-43 would not confess Christ because they were more concerned with their status among their peers than doing God’s will. These were the Pharisees whose love of position and the esteem of others blinded them, “for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.”
3) For some people, the things that the present world has to offer are more appealing than eternal things. We read the story of such a man in Matthew 19:16-23. This man was not willing to lose his earthly possessions in order to gain an eternal relationship with Jesus (see also 2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
4) Many people are simply resisting the Holy Spirit’s attempts to draw them to faith in Christ. Stephen, a leader in the early church, told those who were about to murder him, “You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!” (Acts 7:51). The apostle Paul made a similar statement to a group of gospel rejecters in Acts 28:23-27.
Whatever the reasons why people reject Jesus Christ, their rejection has disastrous eternal consequences. “There is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” than the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12), and those who reject Him, for whatever reason, face an eternity in the “outer darkness” of hell where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 25:30).
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“R.C. Sproul: A Consuming Fire”

Deuteronomy 32:28-43 NKJV
“For they are a nation void of counsel, Nor is there any understanding in them. [29] Oh, that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would consider their latter end! [30] How could one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Unless their Rock had sold them, And the LORD had surrendered them? [31] For their rock is not like our Rock, Even our enemies themselves being judges. [32] For their vine is of the vine of Sodom And of the fields of Gomorrah; Their grapes are grapes of gall, Their clusters are bitter. [33] Their wine is the poison of serpents, And the cruel venom of cobras. [34] ‘Is this not laid up in store with Me, Sealed up among My treasures? [35] Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, And the things to come hasten upon them.’ [36] “For the LORD will judge His people And have compassion on His servants, When He sees that their power is gone, And there is no one remaining, bond or free. [37] He will say: ‘Where are their gods, The rock in which they sought refuge? [38] Who ate the fat of their sacrifices, And drank the wine of their drink offering? Let them rise and help you, And be your refuge. [39] ‘Now see that I, even I, am He, And there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; Nor is there any who can deliver from My hand. [40] For I raise My hand to heaven, And say, “As I live forever, [41] If I whet My glittering sword, And My hand takes hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to My enemies, And repay those who hate Me. [42] I will make My arrows drunk with blood, And My sword shall devour flesh, With the blood of the slain and the captives, From the heads of the leaders of the enemy.”‘ [43] “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people; For He will avenge the blood of His servants, And render vengeance to His adversaries; He will provide atonement for His land and His people.”

BE YE ALSO READY

The Day of Your Death

Will you ponder some words of truth,

Though you be up in years, or yet in your youth?

With each passing day your life spins by,

Death creeps closer till it’s your turn to die.

On your bed of death the thought comes to mind –

all your dear loved ones you must leave behind.

They speak words of comfort and try not to cry,

But there is no comfort; it’s your turn to die.

As you reflect upon many wasted years,

Your poor heart saddens and your eyes fill with tears.

You spent so much time for family and friends,

Yet so little time being grieved for your sins.

You sped through your years consuming worldly pleasures,

Yet never investing in Heavenly treasures.

With these sobering thoughts you begin to grow scared;

It’s your turn to die, and you have not prepared!

Year after year you rejected God’s Son;

Over and over the Gospel you would shun.

God’s Spirit which spoke to your once tender heart

Has now been replaced with Satan’s stinging dart.

Like a tale which is told, your life has flown by,

Your days are expired, and it’s your turn to die.

A piercing chill suddenly fills the air

While Death enters the room like a strange nightmare.

But this is no dream, the time has arrived;

You’ll die in a moment to never be revived.

All loved ones fade as Death closes in;

Your body lies helpless, and you cannot win.

With one final struggle you gasp for your breath

To find your soul in the arms of Death!

As loved ones gaze upon your lifeless frame,

Your soul makes its journey to the Land of the Flame.

“Why me?” you cry, “I wasn’t that bad!”

But then you recall all the chances you had.

Time and time again God’s humble servants came,

Offering you salvation in Jesus’ name.

But you cared not for God’s holy plan;

You despised His servants, and from His truth you ran.

Now as your feet sink into the flame,

All hope is gone to trust in His name.

Deeper you go into the fiery bath,

Having traded God’s mercy for His never-ending wrath.

While horror fills your soul and the pain multiplies,

Your screams simply fade into the smoke-filled skies.

As you wade through the flames seeking consolation,

Those you encounter have the same condemnation.

There’s no one to help, there’s nowhere to turn;

Refuge has fled, and you’re left here to burn!

As your loved ones back home in the world above

Comfort one another with words of love,

They’re all unaware of your sad plight beneath,

Of your weeping, your wailing, and your gnashing teeth!

They’ll soon gently lay your body in the ground,

But of your screams below they won’t hear a sound.

Never again will you see a smiling face,

Only faces of agony in this damnable place.

No children playing with whom to share your love,

Not another second with your sweetheart above.

No food to eat, no water in sight,

Forever you’re a captive to Hell’s dark night!

Sunsets have vanished, no mountains, no streams,

Only roaring flames and soul-piercing screams!

At last you now see your error so well:

when you said “No” to Jesus, you said “Yes” to Hell.

LISTEN…

You don’t have to go to Hell. God wants NO ONE in Hell! The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Revelation 1:5 says, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.”

Jesus Christ has come to your rescue! If you’ll confess to God that you’re a sinner and receive His Son as your one and only Saviour, you can escape the damnation of Hell. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Then Romans 6:23 says, “ For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Stop justifying your sins and simply confess to God that you are a lost sinner in need of salvation.

Jesus shed His sinless blood and died to pay for your sins, and He rose again the third day for your justification. The Bible says He’ll save you if you’ll RECEIVE Him as your Saviour: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12) “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10) “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

The decision is all yours. You can live a lie and spend eternity in the fires of Hell, or you can trust the Lord Jesus Christ and have a glorious home in Heaven. One day you will awaken, and it will be your day to die. Will you die in Jesus, or will you die in your sins?