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SAVED FROM THE FIRE

May 30, 2016

Monday

 

Daniel 3:25

Save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.

 

LESSON

Jude gave instruction concerning those believers who had already fallen under God’s discipline by capitulating to false teachers. We should attempt to save them from their error before their consequent judgment falls. “Fire” is symbolic of God’s judgment in Scripture. Here Jude saw God’s judgment coming on believers for yielding to sin or false teaching. And he also saw it coming on unbelievers.

In the case of those whom heresy has completely swept away, we should have pity on them, rather than condemning them without compassion. Moreover, we should regard them “with fear,” not fear of being infected by physical contact with them, but fear of falling under God’s displeasure and discipline if we embrace their error. We should avoid any contact with these people because of the corrupting influence they can have on us through their words and actions.

 

Memory Verse: Daniel 3:25

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