Peter Barnes | Jude 20-21
BUILDING OURSELVES UP
– In sanctification, God does all and we do all e.g. we keep ourselves (v.21) and Christ keeps us (vv.1, 24); see Phil.2:12-13.
1. Build yourselves up in the faith.
– v.20a; faith is a body of belief (e.g. 1 Tim.1:5-6; 3:9; 4:2), so read and study Scripture (Psalm 1:1-3)
– also learn to trust God in day-to-day life
2. Pray in the Holy Spirit.
– v.20b; no mention of praying in tongues
– Eph.2:18; Rom.8:26-27; it is prayer helped by the Spirit with the awareness of being heard in heaven (Rev.5:8)
3. Keep yourselves in the love of God.
– v.21a; Thomas Manton says that of all graces, love is most decaying
– Matt.24:12; Rev.2:4; John 15:9-10
4. Wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
– v.21b; 2 Pet.3:3-4; Rom.13:12; 1 John 3:2-3;
– 2 Thess.1:6-9