CONVICTED . . . After being judged

Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” (Reference: Jude 1:14-15 )

It would be helpful I think to establish the context of who “these men” were that the writer of Jude was talking about. Adversaries of God and those who did not truly/rightly belief in God had sneaked into the faith group that the writer of Jude was addressing. And the writer of Jude was warning the faith group that people had used “the grace of our God” (verse 4b ERV ) to commit sin. It was these people that he says Enoch was prophesying about. This historic Anabaptists took this as a warning that sinners would not escape judgment. In fact there would be many – more than enough – to judge all the sinners. The implication is clear – would you want to be found a sinner by “thousands upon thousands of . . holy ones”? Imagine beloved if someone would sit down and meticulously go through your life trying each act and word that was ungodly? Do you really think you would be found completely innocent?

But as I sit back and consider this verse, I have to wonder how the writer of Jude knew that the faith group he was writing to had been infiltrated in this way. Let’s say for arguments sake that he did not know for a certainty that they had, but rather was warning that if they had, these ungodly people would be found out. Or more likely, the writer of Jude had heard of problems and troubles, and concluding that false teachers/preachers/believers were causing the problems, and was warning them that they would be discovered.

I think, beloved, this is a verse that would tend to reassure the faithful believer as opposed to alarming him or her. At least that is how I am interpreting it. And this being the last passage focused on the theme of “Judgment”, I think it pleasant to end with a reassurance that God knows who is faithful and who is not. And that those who are not faithful will not escape judgment but will be subject to close scrutiny. May this bring you comfort and assurance that our Lord God is an able defender of the faith and faithful. Selah!