Five Commands for Christian Growth. Introduction. St. Jude gives five commands for Christian growth that will help them maintain a lively Christian life in the midst of an immoral and antagonistic society: Build yourselves up on your most holy faith. Pray in the Holy Spirit.
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Five Commands for Christian Growth
What does this mean?
"For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.'" (Romans 8:15)
"Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, 'Abba, Father.'" (Galatians 4:6)
"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will." (Romans 8:26-27)
St. Jude warns us that in helping those who are entangled in sin, we must be aware of our own spiritual danger, lest we become accepting sin -- especially the sexual sin he seems to have in mind here.
When we help those who are caught in sin, we must do so "with fear" lest we stop hating the sin that has entrapped the sinner whom God loves.
He instructs his angel to "encamp" around you and deliver you from your enemy (Psalm 34:7), to guard you in all your ways (Psalm 91:11).
As the invisible horses and chariots of fire surrounded Elisha, so God is protecting you (2 Kings 6:17).
God's guard around you is no small thing. You can rely upon Him.
“So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him." (2 Peter 3:14)
Of the 144,000 "...who had been redeemed from the earth. These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless." (Revelation 14:3-5)