Jude 1

1-4 Christians are called out of the world, from the evil

spirit and temper of it; called above the world, to higher and

better things, to heaven, things unseen and eternal; called from

sin to Christ, from vanity to seriousness, from uncleanness to

holiness; and this according to the Divine purpose and grace. If

sanctified and glorified, all the honour and glory must be

ascribed to God, and to him alone. As it is God who begins the

work of grace in the souls of men, so it is he who carries it

on, and perfects it. Let us not trust in ourselves, nor in our

stock of grace already received, but in him, and in him alone.

The mercy of God is the spring and fountain of all the good we

have or hope for; mercy, not only to the miserable, but to the

guilty. Next to mercy is peace, which we have from the sense of

having obtained mercy. From peace springs love; Christ's love to

us, our love to him, and our brotherly love to one another. The

apostle prays, not that Christians may be content with a little;

but that their souls and societies may be full of these things.

None are shut out from gospel offers and invitations, but those

who obstinately and wickedly shut themselves out. But the

application is to all believers, and only to such. It is to the

weak as well as to the strong. Those who have received the

doctrine of this common salvation, must contend for it,

earnestly, not furiously. Lying for the truth is bad; scolding

for it is not better. Those who have received the truth must

contend for it, as the apostles did; by suffering with patience

and courage for it, not by making others suffer if they will not

embrace every notion we call faith, or important. We ought to

contend earnestly for the faith, in opposition to those who

would corrupt or deprave it; who creep in unawares; who glide in

like serpents. And those are the worst of the ungodly, who take

encouragement to sin boldly, because the grace of God has

abounded, and still abounds so wonderfully, and who are hardened

by the extent and fulness of gospel grace, the design of which

is to deliver men from sin, and bring them unto God.
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