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“ Summary, Part 3 (final) ”
III. THE REMEMBRANCE OF OUR SPIRITUAL SLAVERY AND GOD’S DELIVERING GRACE THAT MOVES US TO SHOW KINDNESS TO THE NEEDY DEMONSTRATES THE REALITY OF OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH [42:53]. When you reach out in the name of Christ to meet a person’s temporal and material needs, you demonstrate the reality of your Christian profession (Jas 1:27). True religion is not merely a matter of holy living; it is also a matter of heartfelt giving. First, you demonstrate Christian love by following Christ’s example of sacrificial giving (1 Jn 3:16-19). Further, you prove your profession of saving faith not by pious talking but by generous giving (Jas 2:15-17). Finally, your repentance is proven in providing for the needy (Lk 3:8-11). IV. GOD WILL REMEMBER AND GENEROUSLY REWARD THOSE WHOSE REMEMBRANCE OF THEIR SPIRITUAL SLAVERY AND DIVINE DELIVERANCE MAKES THEM GENEROUS TO THE NEEDY [50:34]. No kindness you show to the needy will go unrewarded by God, either in this life of in the life to come (cf. Deut 24:19; Job 31:16-22; Ps 41:1-3, 112:9; Prov 11:24-25; Is 58:7-11; Lk 6:35). Further, Christians who share their most precious gift of all—their faith—are blessed not only in this life but especially in the life to come (Dan 12:1-3; cf. Mt 25:31-46, 10:40-42).

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Second, God gives two motives for heeding this command: one being to urge Israel’s remembrance of its own need for provision and protection when they were enslaved in Egypt, the other being His promised blessing for their obedience. God will replace our Christian giving; we cannot out-give God (cf. 2 Cor 9:8-10). II. REMEMBRANCE OF OUR SPIRITUAL SLAVERY WILL MAKE US RESPONSIVE TO THE SPIRITUAL PLIGHT OF NEEDY PEOPLE [31:43]. Eph 2:11-12 – there is no more spiritually destitute state than this (cf. 2:1-3). As Moses reminded the Jews of their slavery in Egypt, Paul reminds the Ephesians of their lost state when they were unsaved pagans (5:11-14). They were not to become like the world in order to save the world. LESSONS [39:27]: 1. Remembrance of God’s delivering grace should make us graciously bold in our witness. 2. Remembrance of God’s delivering grace should keep us from returning to our sin. 3. Remembrance of God’s delivering grace will keep us from contaminating the Gospel message.

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In Deut 7:6-8, God chose the Israelites out of His own will. There was nothing special about them. Paul discusses God’s choosing Jacob and rejecting Esau in Rom 9:11-16. No one deserves God’s mercy; His rejection of Esau wasn’t surprising, but His choosing of Jacob—or anyone else—is surprising. In His common grace, He treats all alike and we need to learn from that. Mt 5:43-48 – Jesus corrects the Jews’ provincial attitude: like everyone else, they favored their own (cf. Ex 23:4-5, Prov 25:21). God provides all their basic needs even as they rebel against Him (cf. Rom 14:16-17, 2:4). The kindness we show to non-Christians should have a spiritual goal in view, with the greatest goal of pointing them to Christ. I. REMEMBRANCE OF OUR SPIRITUAL SLAVERY WILL MAKE US GENEROUS TOWARD THE TEMPORAL WANTS OF NEEDY PEOPLE [starting at 22:27 of the audio]. Deut 24:17-22 – What do we have that we have not received? Here, God gives the spiritual truth behind the historical event. First, Pastor Nutter suggests that this commandment does not mandate a modern state social welfare system. Nor does it mandate a church state. It is a lesson for moral use.

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B. WHAT ARE GOD’S VARIOUS QUALITIES THAT DESERVE OUR PRAISE AND HONOR? [43:40] 1. HIS GLORY. It is the sum total of all His attributes (1 Tim 1:17). 2. HIS MAJESTY (Ps 150:2). 3. HIS DOMINION. His infinite might and sovereign right to rule over all (Ps 103:19, 1 Tim 6:16). 4. HIS AUTHORITY. It points to the essence of His power in creation, providence, and salvation (Jn 17:2, Eph 1:21). C. WHEN IS THIS PRAISE AND HONOR DUE? [49:00] 1. IN ETERNITY PAST. Even there, He basked in His own self-praise. 2. FOR ALL TIME. 3. IN ETERNITY FUTURE. He will purge this universe and bring forth a glorified one. D. WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE RESPONSE TO GOD’S PRAISE AND HONOR? [51:35]One word: amen. Biblical hope rests on God’s sure promises. When we say “we hope that…”, we imply doubt. But our blessed hope, a noun and not a verb, is certain. CONCLUDING APPLICATIONS [54:00]: 1. As you contend earnestly for the faith, keep your hope fixed upon Him who will enable you to stand in His presence blameless with great joy. 2. The great purpose for which God has created men is that they might praise His glory. There is no higher calling than this.

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APPLICATIONS [22:55]: 1. Faithful pastors earnestly seek to prepare their people to be blameless before God (2 Cor 11:2). 2. Christians prove they are blameless by their pure behavior in this putrid world (Php 2:15). 3. Christians prove by their blameless conduct in this life that they are bound for glory (Rev 14:4-5). B. GLORIFY THE GOD WHO WILL PRESENT YOU JOYFUL IN HIS PRESENCE [27:59]. For two reasons: they’re in His presence (Ps 16:11), and because they are blameless. This is what we look forward to as we still struggle with sin here. Happy are the holy! APPLICATIONS [32:26]: 1. Only those who are blameless here will stand before God joyfully hereafter. 2. God’s blameless people should gather for worship with holy exuberance. If we’re not joyful in worship here, we will not enjoy eternal worship in heaven (cf. Ps 2:11, Acts 9:31). Worship is a happy experience only for the holy. III. GLORIFY THE GOD WHO IS WORTHY OF ALL PRAISE AND HONOR ETERNALLY (v. 25) [38:40]. A. WHO DESERVES THIS PRAISE AN HONOR? 1. THE ONLY GOD OUR SAVIOR. He is the only God (Is 45:5), He has made Himself known (Deut 4:35), and He alone is worthy of trust and praise (Is 45:22). 2. GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST (Jn 14:6, Acts 4:12, Eph 2:18).

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We continue from last week with II. GLORIFY THE GOD WHO WILL PRESENT YOU BLAMELESS AND JOYFUL IN HIS GLORY FINALLY (v. 24) [starting at 7:17 of the audio]. Cf. 2 Cor 11:2. A. GLORIFY THE GOD WHO WILL PRESENT YOU BLAMELESS IN HIS PRESENCE [9:59]. 1. WHO WILL STAND BEFORE GOD BLAMELESS? Only those accepted and approved by a King may have this privilege (Ps 1:5). 2. WHY DO YOU NEED TO BE BLAMELESS? In ourselves, we are full of blame. Naturally, we are God’s enemies (Is 64:6-7). What we think of ourselves doesn’t matter; what God thinks of us means everything. 3. HOW DO YOU BECOME BLAMELESS? We cannot cleanse ourselves spiritually (1 Pet 1:18-19). If we are not washed in the blood of Christ, we are not blameless before God (cf. Eph 1:6). 4. WHEN WILL YOU BE PRESENTED BLAMELESS? If you’re a Christian, you are declared blameless now (Rom 4:7, 5:1-2, 8:1; Col 1:22), but the day of presentation is yet to come (1 Thes 3:13). That day is our blessed hope (Eph 5:27). For now, Christ is purifying His church.

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3. FACTORS IN GOD’S PRESERVATION [45:47]. First, God keeps you by instructing you in His truth; ignorance is dangerous and can be deadly. Gospel truth possesses preserving power. Second, God keeps you by warning you. Third, God keeps you by gracious acts of providence that prevent you from following detours off the narrow road. We can think of times this happened in our own lives (cf. Ps 119:67). Fourth, God keeps you by giving you a bitter taste of sin. Painful memories can be powerful preventatives. Finally, God keeps you by the Holy Spirit’s producing in you a longing to be holy even as God is holy. Preserving grace not only protects; it also perfects. CONCLUDING APPLICATIONS [49:17]: 1. Beware of abusing the promise of God’s preservation. “Once saved, always saved” is true but often misunderstood. Many who live by this were never saved in the first place because they didn’t pursue the Lord. You cannot contend for the faith and compromise with sin. 2. Always thank God for the means He uses for your preservation. They keep us on the narrow road to aim us toward the gate that few ever find. 3. Bless God for His preserving grace as one who strongly feels his proneness to wander.

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B. GOD PRESERVES YOU FROM STUMBLING [31:30]. 1. YOUR NEED FOR GOD’S PRESERVATION. First, notice that there is no safe place on earth where you could not stumble. Simpler times and places never saved anyone. Not even rites and rituals save. How many perished in sin because they believed they were saved by their christening or confirmation? Second, mere outward obedience preserves no one. Legalism can conceal serious inward sins. Third, exalted religious experience preserves no one. Emotionalism without truth is deadly. But though God may permit His own to fall grievously into sin, He will always restore them. David repented of his idleness and Peter repented of his unbelief. 2. THE FACT OF GOD’S PRESERVATION [40:22]. Jn 10:27-30 – We are beloved in God the Father and kept in Jesus Christ, for Jesus Christ. First, God is able to keep you from stumbling since He knows you. This is the biblical sense of knowing: an intimate, affectionate love, like husbands and wives for each other (2 Tim 2:18). Second, God is able to keep you through the prayers of His Son (Jn 17:50). Third, God is able to keep you from stumbling through the power of His indwelling Spirit (Eph 1:13-14). Finally, God is able to keep you by His power through the gift of saving faith (1 Pet 1:5).

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2. YOU ARE PRONE TO STUMBLE BECAUSE YOU FACE MANY OCCASIONS FOR STUMBLING [20:20]. a. STUMBLING FROM FALSE DOCTRINE. This comes from an inadequate understanding of the truth. New truth and ideas are very appealing to the flesh, but this uproots us from the solid foundation of the Scriptures and the early church, which even contended with many of these same ideas. b. STUMBLING FROM A CARELESS SPIRIT [22:10]. This includes a weak love for God, the Bible, or the church, or just a lack of discernment. Even miscategorized priorities can shipwreck our faith. Many professing Christians are practical atheists. There is also fanaticism: zeal without light, not to mention arrogance: knowledge with pride. c. STUMBLING THROUGH THE INFLUENCE OF UNCONVERTED FRIENDS [26:55]. No matter how dear these people may be to us, they are still unregenerate and their examples and ideas are not to be entertained. Peer pressure is more powerful than we often understand. Think of what it does to younger ones. d. STUMBLING FROM NEGLECT OF ORDINARY DUTIES [29:30]. Idleness is the devil’s playground. Then there is backsliding: not confessing sins regularly. Unconfessed sin is the road to apostasy.

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The epistle of Jude urges us to contend for the apostolic message and to beware of those who would come into our midst to deceive us. It ends with a doxology to the God whose Spirit helps us endure in our own obedience and in His strength. I. GLORIFY THE GOD WHO PRESERVES YOU FROM STUMBLING PRESENTLY (v. 24) [starting at 11:11 of the audio]. A. YOU ARE PRONE TO STUMBLING. 1. YOU ARE PRONE TO STUMBLE BECAUSE YOU ARE IMPERFECTLY SANCTIFIED. We’re in the state of sanctification, between regeneration and glorification: we aren’t what we once were, but we’re not yet what we will be. a. YOU HAVE AN IMPERFECT KNOWLEDGE OF THE DANGERS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE [12:53]. Knowledge is safety. We can’t be naïve to the fact that the unholy trinity of the world, the flesh, and the devil are still after us, even more now that we’re God’s. b. YOU MAY FAIL TO EMPLOY THE MEANS GOD INTENDS FOR YOUR SANCTIFICATION [16:50]. God intends to bring us to heaven with the body of Christ, and many are deceived into thinking that they can do it on their own. We also risk shirking transparency with the brethren. We’re not a member of a club, but of a body. Also, we neglect regular prayer, devotion, and study, all of which are means of strengthening us as Christians.

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2. THE SABBATH COMMAND WAS REPUBLISHED BEFORE ENTERING THE PROMISED LAND [33:29]. Deut 5:12 – why the repetition? Several reasons: it was crucial that God reassert His authority, it was a reminder of Israel’s status among the pagans, and it was a visible sign of His covenant. Ex 31:13, 17 – God not only set them apart but built them up (“sanctified”, “refreshed”). Did God need this? We may not understand it, but we can still learn lessons from it. II. THE REDEMPTIVE REMINDER OF THE SABBATH [39:51]. In Egypt, the Hebrews were slaves. It is hard to imagine that they got any satisfactory rest there, let alone that they had much of a chance to worship God correctly. When God redeemed them, He brought them out of their spiritual and physical past (Ps 118:24). III. THE CHANGE OF DAY IN THE SABBATH COMMAND [46:18]. Christ’s death and resurrection on the eighth day brought in a new, glorious creation: us (1 Cor 16:1-2). CONCLUDING CONSIDERATIONS [50:31]: 1. Christian brothers and sisters, do you find Sabbath worship a delight? 2. When you gather with God’s people on God’s day, reflect with solemnity and joy upon the wonder of God’s new creation and the glory of Christ’s redemption. 3. How we view the Sabbath is an accurate barometer of the state of our religion.

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B. THE SABBATH COMMANDMENT IN PARTICULAR [19:48]. 1. THE SABBATH COMMAND WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AT MOUNT SINAI. a. IT IS A REMINDER OF GOD’S INSTITUTION OF THE SABBATH AT CREATION. God said “remember”, so this was not new information to the Hebrews (Gen 2:1-3). He blessed the seventh day, which He didn’t do with any other day, sanctified it, and stated the reason: He had rested from His activity. This forms the foundation of the Sabbath commandment. b. IT IS UNIQUE AS GOD’S SPECIAL DAY [23:00]. It is the Lord’s day. Both Ex 20:8-10 and Is 58:13 call the Sabbath day the Lord’s day (cf. Mt 16:9, Rev 1:10, Acts 20:7). c. IT IS GOD’S PATTERN FOR MAN [26:51]. Ex 20:9-11 – Why is a week seven days and not ten or something else? Because God set the pattern for man; He had us in mind during the creation. d. IT IS AN EXPRESSION OF GOD’S MERCY TO MANKIND [29:03]. He had our fatigue in mind. Six days of hard work is enough. Mk 2:27 – God made the Sabbath for man. On that day, the Hebrews were to remember their slavery in Egypt, and we are to remember our bondage to the world (cf. Lev 23:3).

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The Old Testament has many spiritual lessons for the New Testament church. Critical among them is the Sabbath. I. THE WIDER CONTEXT OF THE SABBATH COMMAND: THE LAW OF GOD [starting at 7:27 of the audio]. A. THE LAW OF GOD IN GENERAL. 1. THE LAW WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AFTER ISRAEL WAS REDEEMED FROM EGYPT. God took the Hebrews out of Egypt to make them a unique people, distinct from the pagans surrounding them. The Sabbath commandment is not found in the ceremonial laws, but in the moral law of the Decalogue. It is thus eternal and universal. See the London Baptist Confession of faith, chapter 19.1-5. 2. THE LAW WAS REPUBLISHED FORTY YEARS LATER, BEFORE ISRAEL ENTERED THE PROMISED LAND [14:12]. Being under God's covenant authority is a privilege. In Deut 4:5-8, 31-38 God explains this to His people and declares His love for them (cf. Ps 33:12).

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CONCLUDING APPLICATIONS [54:36]. What does God expect of His people regarding the presence of false teachers in the church? 1. A growing knowledge of apostolic doctrine that will enable you to identify their typical errors and characteristic sins (v. 3. Cf. 2 Pet 3:17-18). 2. An ever-present awareness of their sly presence in (and terrible damage to) the church, that leads to a careful avoidance of their ungodly example and licentious teaching (v. 4). 3. A sufficient knowledge of Bible history to identify the character, teaching, and impact of apostates in the church today (vv. 5-19). 4. A continual commitment to keep yourself in the love of God by increasing your knowledge of Biblical truth, by spiritual prayer, and by a holy life prepared to meet the Lord (vv. 20-21). 5. To prayerfully and carefully do what you can to deliver those who have been influenced by false teachers and their lies (vv. 22-23).

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C. CAUTIOUSLY WARN THE CARNAL (v. 23b) [49:22]. Note the allusion to the lepers. This third group would include the apostates themselves and those fully given to their error and sins. A Christian’s hate for these sins should make him exceedingly careful when witnessing or trying to reclaim someone that has fallen into such soul-defiling error. This kind of admonishment is not for all Christians. One must be mature in his own faith. He is entering Satan’s domain, and Satan is more powerful than him. Only love for Christ and His truth, love for the sinner, and hatred of his sin and error will move us to rescue those held captive by the devil’s lies and their love of wickedness. Do not contract their deadly disease in the process.

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A. SHOW KINDNESS AND CONSIDERATION TO DOUBTERS (v. 22) [41:29]. These people are characterized by “sincere doubt”. They are open, but have not yet established a standard of truth. So they may come to faith, but they may also embrace error. They are trying to make a distinction or a difference between the falsehood they’ve been taught and the truth as it is in Christ. We must be as firm as we are compassionate, kindly but aggressively exposing error with the light of the truth as it is in Jesus. We must spend time with them over an open Bible and even share our own testimony with them. Such people, at best, may be weak believers. Some may be argumentative. Mercy sometimes demands stern measures. They must be shown the errors of their ways and where they lead. B. FIRMLY ADMONISH SCOFFERS (v. 23a) [46:28]. This second class of person is seriously committed to false teaching and is in immediate danger of hellfire. We don’t rescue someone from a fire by sitting down and talking with him about its danger: we grab him and pull him out. His error is to be exposed to him. Desperate means call for desperate measures.

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B. YOU KEEP YOURSELF IN THE LOVE OF GOD BY PRAYING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT (v. 20) [25:52]. The Holy Spirit prays for us, and we must be regular in prayer. It is the breath of spiritual life. We face resistance from indwelling sin, a distracting devil, and the attractive world that vies for our attention and seeks to mold us. It is only in the power of the Spirit that we truly pray. C. YOU KEEP YOURSELF IN THE LOVE OF GOD BY WAITING FOR CHRIST (v. 21) [32:11]. Notice that those who would keep themselves in the love of God should keep a blessed hope of Christ’s return before their eyes (Heb 9:28). Are we eager for Christ’s return? His return is our blessed hope. There is a final dimension of Christ’s mercy yet to be realized by His people at His return: eternal life in all its fullness. Notice then how these three means of grace work together to keep us in the love of God. You cannot use them and not grow in His love. II. IF YOU WOULD RESCUE THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DECEIVED BY FALSE TEACHERS, YOU MUST KNOW HOW TO RESPOND APPROPRIATELY TO VARIOUS PERSONS (vv. 22-23) [39:52]. As we have received mercy, we have a duty to show mercy to all three types.

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Jude describes false teachers so that the Christian can identify them. But he also exhorts us to avoid them. There are many in this day. I. IF YOU WOULD AVOID THE INFLUENCE OF FALSE TEACHERS, YOU MUST KEEP YOURSELF IN THE LOVE OF GOD (vv. 20-21) [starting at 9:11 of the audio]. The verse offers the threefold way to do this, but does it mean that we keep in our love for God or in His love for us? We should assume the latter (cf. vv. 1, 21), knowing that God’s love is our strongest protectors against false teachers. We are also kept amid the strength of the numbers of the brethren. A. YOU KEEP YOURSELF IN THE LOVE OF GOD BY GROWING IN THE FAITH (v. 20) [16:55]. Apostates divide the body, so we are to be united in the truth. Lone Christians place themselves in mortal danger (cf. Eph 4:16, 1 Thes 5:11, Acts 9:31]. Notice that the faith on which we are to build ourselves is equivalent to Christ. He must be in control of our doctrine, as He embodies it. The church’s influence is holy because it has a consecrating effect. Holy truth produces holy believers (cf. Col 1:22-23).

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D. IT WILL BE FOREVER OBSERVED [42:13]. Despite everything, statements like this should arrest us. Not only are these false teachers destined for hell, but they will be there forever and so will their followers. Again, note Jude’s descriptive language. ABIDING WORDS IN CONCLUSION [46:15]. 1. Beware of your own susceptibility to the doctrine of apostate and false teachers. Jude wrote to inform us and to warm us. Review the nature of the teachers and teachings that attract you. 2. If you would avoid the doctrine and influence of apostate, false teachers, be aware of their identifying marks. They tend to appeal to the sensitivities of the flock and not the authority of the Bible. Be as concerned with what men don’t teach as well as with what they do teach. False teachers don’t just teach falsehood, but omit truth. 4. If you would avoid the apostates’ faith, you must avoid their doctrine and influence. What you will run with you will run to.

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F. THEY ARE COMPLAINING CON-ARTISTS [25:05]. The Greek word for “fault-finding” means to blame. They blame God for their misfortunes or lack of satisfaction. They’re sensual and a law unto themselves. As flatterers, they arouse the same ungodly pride in their flock to justify their own usurpation of the church. II. THEIR ANCIENT PREDICTION [29:30]. God warned his people about this long before. Jesus repeated the warning during His ministry, as did Peter and Paul, who warned that many professing believers would flock to them. They and their false teachers are indistinguishable from the world, which is why they are often called carnal Christians. III. THEIR CERTAIN DESTRUCTION [33:18]. A. IT HAS BEEN ETERNALLY RESERVED. Jude speaks as though their destruction has already been determined (cf. Gen 3:15, Mt 25:41, 46). B. IT IS RICHLY DESERVED [36:35]. They are ungodly. Just note all the characteristics with which Jude identifies them. C. IT IS DIVINELY EXECUTED [38:42]. Jesus Himself will judge them, He will be accompanied by His holy ones (His saints and angels), His judgment will be universal (2 Thes 1:7-10), and His threat is not empty; in fact, it is already certain.

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