Taking a few days of vacation at the Gulf brought to this writer’s thinking the various references to waves in Scripture.  The graphic descriptions of the waves spoke of God’s wrath against His rebellious people, of His continual blessing on those who honored His Word and of the troubles in life that give opportunity to trust Him and see Him bring inner peace and joy while the storm is passing by. In each analogy of the waves, it was evident that God is fully in control and nothing occurs accidentally, but with purpose in love and grace to accomplish His will.  The short epistle from the Apostle Jude presents a troubling picture of those individuals who had heard the Truth concerning the Person and Work of Jesus Christ as the only Savior. Under a religious façade they had infiltrated the assembly of believers. “For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” (Jude 4). These imposters of the faith were pawns of the Deceiver to wreck havoc in the churches and promote his slanderous accusations against Christians and the name of Christ.  “These men are those who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever” (Jude 12-13). The Apostle reveals their strategies against believers … “These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage” (Jude 16). The fact that such individuals are found in every generation, openly defying God’s offer of salvation is evident that the Sovereign God has given mankind a choice to either accept or reject the provision of salvation and relationship with God through faith in the fact that Christ died for our sins and was resurrected.  In His omniscience, God knew the decision that every person would make regarding His offer of salvation and thus decreed that all you believe in Christ will be saved and all who reject the Savior will remain in condemnation.  The God-given freedom to accept or reject Christ and its consequences are clearly stated in Scripture … “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him" (John 3:36).  As long as life exists, every person has the opportunity to make the choice that determines their spiritual condition and eternal destiny.  God’s offer of salvation remains in place throughout human history … “"Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters” (Is 55:1); "If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water'" (John 7:37-39). As the Apostle John closes out the Canon of Scripture, there is found God’s last invitation to mankind … “The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life” (Rev 22:17).  That final invitation included those who ignored God’s offer of salvation and thus remained as … “clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea.” Even those wild waves, though condemned, will have to obey God’s judicial sentence … “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:10-11).  Now is the time to respond in faith to the love of God found only in Christ Jesus. 

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