Heavenly Treasure

A final note on the Soul



Revelation 3:14-22

New Living Translation (NLT)

The Message to the Church in Laodicea

14 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning[a] of God’s new creation:

15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. 18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.

20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. 21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.

22 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”




Chapter 22





Enter The Ark Or

Be Left Behind!


This is For REAL


Revelation 3:20 King James Version (KJV)

20 Behold, I stand at the door,  

and knock:

 if any man hear my voice,

and open the door,

I will come in to him,

and will sup with him,

and he with me.


We are so here!

The Very Last Moments

Of The Dispensation

Of Grace.


How Close?

No One Knows

The Exact Time.


But I would suggest

that you read the

following scripture,

and take it

 very serious.


Luke 17:26-30New Living Translation (NLT)

26 “When the Son of Man returns,

 it will be like it was in Noah’s day.

 27 In those days, the people enjoyed

banquets and parties and weddings

 right up to the time Noah entered his boat

and the flood came and destroyed them all.

28 “And the world will be as it was

in the days of Lot.

People went about their daily business—

eating and drinking, buying and selling,

farming and building—

29 until the morning Lot left Sodom.

Then fire and burning sulfur

rained down from heaven and

destroyed them all.

30 Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’

right up to the day when the

Son of Man is revealed.


You say, well we have

heard all this before.


One Second after the Rapture,

people will be asking

themself a very simple



Why did I not

pay attention.


You Now Know That

God Was Very Very

Serious About





You could have chosen

to be hot,

and not



You have now

been vomited

out of the mouth

of God.


Now that that has happened,

 you can

choose to be hot

and most likely

be beheaded,

or take the

mark of the beast.



once you take the


which is

the mark of the


that will allow you to

buy and sell

after the rapture,

you HAVE eternally

ceiled your fate to

live with satan



It is very much time

to take very serious

what it means to love

the Lord Our God

With All Four Parts

Of Our Being,

And Present Your

Body A Living

Sacrifice To God.



Promise, Promise, Promise

There Is Nothing On The

Earth You Would Be

Willing To Exchange

Your Soul For.


Understanding  each individual part

of our self,

and the function of each of our parts,

is the only way that we will ever

be able to love the Lord our God with

All my spirit (heart)

All my soul

All my mind

All my strength


Present my body a living sacrifice to God.



The Spirit

The spirit of man is the real you and

is created in the likeness of God.

It will live forever.

To truly comprehend eternal existence,

will change your total attitude about

 such a short time that you

will have on this earth.


If you truly understood what existence

will be like throughout eternity,

if you have to live without your soul,

 you would do anything and everything

possible to not loose your soul.


Other than your eternal life

because you are created in

the image, the likeness of God,

the soul is the most valuable

possession that you have.

To keep your soul you have to

obtain access to the Kingdom of God.


In these scriptures God is trying

to show you the value of gaining

entrance into His Kingdom.


Matthew 13:45-46 New Living Translation (NLT)

45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like

a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls.

 46 When he discovered a pearl of great value,

he sold everything he owned and bought it!


Matthew 13:44 New International Version (NIV)

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like

 treasure hidden in a field.

When a man found it,

 he hid it again,

 and then in his joy went and

sold all he had and bought that field.


I spirit without a soul is like

 the fallen angels from the

the Kingdom of God, they have no

power to change their place

of eternal existence.

Because of their assault on

man to use and control his soul,

God prepared a place of

eternal punishment for them.



Matthew 25:31-46 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Final Judgment

31 “But when the Son of Man

[a] comes in his glory, and all the angels with him,

 then he will sit upon his glorious throne.

32 All the nations[b] will be gathered in his presence,

and he will separate the people as

 a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

33 He will place the sheep at his right hand

and the goats at his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right,

‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father,

inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from

the creation of the world.

35 For I was hungry, and you fed me.

I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink.

I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.

36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing.

I was sick, and you cared for me.

I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply,

‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you?

 Or thirsty and give you something to drink?

38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality?

 Or naked and give you clothing?

39 When did we ever see you sick

or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say,

‘I tell you the truth,

when you did it to one of the least of these

my brothers and sisters,

[c] you were doing it to me!’


41 “Then the King will turn

to those on the left and say,

‘Away with you, you cursed ones,

 into the eternal fire prepared

for the devil and his demons.[d]

42 For I was hungry,

 and you didn’t feed me.

I was thirsty,

and you didn’t give me a drink.

43 I was a stranger,

 and you didn’t invite me into your home.

I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing.

I was sick and in prison,

 and you didn’t visit me.’

44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord,

when did we ever see you

hungry or thirsty or a stranger

or naked or sick or in prison,

 and not help you?’

45 “And he will answer,

‘I tell you the truth,

 when you refused to help the least

of these my brothers and sisters,

you were refusing to help me.’

46 “And they will go away

into eternal punishment,

but the righteous

will go into eternal life.”



How do you guaranty

that you will keep possession

of your soul?


Choices and your Focus!


Choices, This previous verse

talks about choices

that we make that gets

God's attention.

(Part Of The Double sided Coin Below)


The following verse

is about your daily focus.

(This is the most unpreached verse in the Bible.)

(Why,  a Laodicea pastor can not build

a large ministry preaching

the truths that are in the Bible.)


Focus, What is your daily Focus


1 John 2:15-17 New Living Translation (NLT)

Do Not Love This World

15 Do not love this world

nor the things it offers you,

for when you love the world,

 you do not have the love of the Father in you.

16 For the world offers only

a craving for physical pleasure,

a craving for everything we see, and

pride in our achievements and

pride in our possessions.

These are not from the Father,

but are from this world.

17 And this world is fading away,

along with everything

that people crave.

But anyone who does what pleases God

will live forever.



Colossians 3 Amplified Bible (AMP)

3 If then you have been raised with Christ

[to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead],

 aim at and seek the

 [rich, eternal treasures]

that are above, where Christ is,

seated at the right hand of God.

And set your minds and

keep them set on what is above

(the higher things),

not on the things that are on the earth.


 [as far as this world is concerned]

you have died, and your

[new, real]

life is hidden with Christ in God.

When Christ, Who is our life, appears,

then you also will appear with Him in

 [the splendor of His]


So kill

(deaden, [a]deprive of power)

the evil desire lurking in your members

 [those animal impulses and all

that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]:

sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites,

unholy desires,

and all greed and covetousness,

for that is idolatry

(the deifying of self and other created things instead of God).

It is on account of these

 [very sins]

that the


anger of God is ever coming

upon the sons of disobedience

(those who are obstinately opposed to the divine will),

Among whom you also once walked,

 when you were living in and addicted to

[such practices].



I am doing and saying

everything that I

Possibly can

To try to help

you see the

importance of

Not  Loosing

Your Soul


The Soul

The soul is a unique force within men

that is only found in the creation of man

and not found in any other living creature

that God Has ever created.

With in the soul is the force to create.

  satan and the fallen angels do not have this force,

once they understood that man did

they became obsessed with the

control of man so they could use

this force of man to create

a kingdom of their own.

satan and demons can oppress and possess

a human individual.

 Through these two abilities,

he has learned how to control man.

satan has no power to create,

he and the other fallen angels,

now called demons

have already lost a

war in heaven with God.

The only hope of any

kind of meaningful

existence for satan was found

 in the soul of man.

So each of us became his target.


1 Corinthians 2:7-12 New Living Translation (NLT)

No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God[a]

his plan that was previously hidden,

even though he made it for our ultimate

glory before the world began.

 But the rulers of this world

have not understood it; if they had,

they would not have crucified our glorious Lord.

 That is what the Scriptures mean

when they say,

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
    and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
    for those who love him.”[b]

10 But[c] it was to us that God revealed

these things by his Spirit.

For his Spirit searches out everything

 and shows us God’s deep secrets.

11 No one can know a person’s thoughts

 except that person’s own spirit,

and no one can know God’s thoughts

except God’s own Spirit.

12 And we have received God’s Spirit

(not the world’s spirit),

so we can know the wonderful things

God has freely given us.



God Spoiled satan's control over man

through the death of His Son Jesus

On The Cross at Calvary.


Here is a heads up about the

condition of men.

Jesus said this speaking

to the religions leaders

of His time on earth.



John 8:44-45 New Living Translation (NLT)

44 For you are the children

of your father the devil,

 and you love to do the evil things he does.

He was a murderer from the beginning.

 He has always hated the truth,

 because there is no truth in him.

When he lies, it is consistent

with his character;

 for he is a liar and the father of lies.

 45 So when I tell the truth,

you just naturally don’t believe me!


Jesus makes it clear,

before His work on

the cross and the

gift of salvation and

eternal life,

men are the children

of satan.


The term being saved

literally means

belng saved from spending

eternity  with satan

as his child.



Jesus through His crucifixion

gave each of us

the right to be removed from

the  family of satan and

to be adopted into

 The Family Of God.


20 He must know that he who causes a sinner

 to be converted from the error of his way,

shall save his soul from death,

 and shall cover a multitude of sins.


How are you converted

from the error of your way?


Here is how to use your

soul to be saved or

also called being

Born Again.


Romans 10:8-13New Living Translation (NLT)

In fact, it says,

“The message is very close at hand;
    it is on your lips and in your heart.”[a]

And that message is the very message

about faith that we preach:

If you openly declare that

Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart

that God raised him from the dead,

you will be saved.

10 For it is by believing in your heart

that you are made right with God,

and it is by openly declaring your faith

that you are saved.

11 As the Scriptures tell us,

 “Anyone who trusts in him

will never be disgraced.”[b]

12 Jew and Gentile[c]

are the same in this respect.

They have the same Lord,

 who gives generously

to all who call on him.

13 For “Everyone who calls on

 the name of the Lord

will be saved.”[d]


2 Corinthians 6 Names of God Bible (NOG)

6 Since we are God’s coworkers,

we urge you not to let God’s kindness

[a] be wasted on you.

God says,

“At the right time I heard you.
    On the day of salvation I helped you.”

Listen, now is God’s acceptable time!

 Now is the day of salvation!


Choose Wisely.


The Mind

The mind is our own built in computer.

It stores  data and then retrieves that

based on perceived understanding

of what data is needed for every second

of our existence.   It has the ability to be

constantly learning, retrieving and then

returning information base on the

given circumstance of the moment.

It is an amazing creation.

The soul and the spirit

directly influence the type of

data that is stored in the mind.



 Our Strength

 Our Strength is the force created

by the body to achieve.

All achievement will be for good or evil

If and when It is no longer you that live,

but Christ that lives in you,

you will understand that life is

black and white to God.

Man tries to make gray ok,

but as stated to the Laodicea church



It is very possible that the day of the rapture,

the people that call them self Christians

yet never took the all or none teaching

of the Bible serious will be singled out.

 Those that are still on this earth after the rapture

very possible will become extremely violent towards

those that had called them self Christians,

have been left behind and are still on the earth.


(This can be read in Revelations Chapter 3)

Why do I say this?

God Said, I Wish That You Were

Hot Or Cold,

But because You Are Luke Warn

I Will Vomit You Out Of My Mouth.


God makes no statements by accident.

I often wondered why God would say

I wish you were cold alone with hot.

I can understand why He wishes that I was Hot,

but why would He wish that I was Cold,

rather than Luke Warn.


This statement literally means that

you would be better off to be a Cold unbeliever,

than a Luke Warm believer.


I do not know what comes with being

vomited from the mouth of God.

But based on this statement,

I do not think that you want

to be apart of the vomited.


I would strongly recommend that you

Take the Challenge and find out

what God means About all.


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A final note on the study of the soul. The following verse I never understood

 until I looked up the original Greek text for the words

 translated double-minded.


(James 1:6 – 8 NKJV)  

(6) But let him ask in faith, with no doubting,

for he who doubts is like a wave

of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

(7 ) For let not that man suppose that

 he will receive anything from the Lord;

 (8) he is a double-minded man, unstable

 in all his ways.


Found in the Strong's Concordance

 The Greek word G5590. psuche,

is translated to the English word soul.

In the following scripture the Bible translators translated the word;

1374. dipsuchos, dip'-soo-khos; from G1364 and G5590; two-spirited, i.e.

vacillating (in opinion or purpose):--double minded.

A more correct translation of this combination of word 1364. dis, dece; adv. from G1417; twice:--again, twice and G5590. Psuche which is translated soul, would be double-souled .


Remember in our study on the mind we said

that the mind must be renewed

with the Word so that we could choose to think

the thoughts that were in

line with the Word. We can not stop wrong thoughts

 from coming in to our mind,

it is what we do with them when they get there,

 cast them down or meditate on them,

 that determines where there they become sinful to us.


I never could understand how

 I could not be double-mind, thinking right thoughts

one minute and wrongful thoughts the next.

That is the battle that goes on through-out

the awake part of my life.


Sometimes it is a moment by moment battle

 to control the mind by casting

down the bad and holding on to the good.

 In effect during this battle

I am being double minded, thinking good and evil

thoughts at some points,

 through out this time of battle.


The renewing of my mind is a life long process,

we will never be free from the mental struggle.

satan and this world takes every

advantage they can to fill my mind with things

that go against the truth of the Word.


Sometimes when satan gets on a roll,

I will have to cast down the same wrong thought

twenty times in a role.

To me that is about as double-minded as it get.

One moment thinking good, the next moment

 thinking an evil thought.


The battle goes on based on where I am,

what I am doing and who I am with.

There are some things that we can do to

reduce the mind struggle,

but we can never be totally free from

the mind struggle,

as long as we are on this earth.


Therefore I will be in a double-minded struggle

at different time through-out my life on earth.


I can understand being double-soul though.

If I purpose in my soul one moment to willfully

serve God in some things he ask,

 but I then purposely choose to not serve God in other things that He ask,

then I am being a double-souled or double-willed.


Being a double-souled or double-willed is unacceptable to God.

In the last section of this study,


The Laodicean Church

Revelation 3:14-16New King James Version (NKJV)

The Lukewarm Church

14 “And to the angel of the church

of the Laodiceans[a] write,

‘These things says the Amen,

the Faithful and True Witness,

the Beginning of the creation of God:

15 “I know your works,

 that you are neither cold nor hot.

I could wish you were cold or hot.

16 So then, because you are lukewarm,

 and neither cold nor hot,[b]

I will vomit you out of My mouth.



Following is God's feelings

towards a half commitment.

God has only one way,

the narrow way.

How we can read verses

like the one that follows

and think that we can do,

 watch, go, be, think the things

that are very much a part of this world,

and it be ok with God.


(Mat 7:13 NKJV)

(13) "Enter by the narrow gate;

for wide is the gate and broad

is the way that leads to destruction,

 and there are many who go in by it.

 (14) "Because narrow is the gate and

difficult is the way which leads to life,

and there are few who find it.


(Luke 13:24 NKJV)

(24) "Strive to enter through the narrow gate,

for many, I say to you,

 will seek to enter and will not be able.

(25) "When once the Master of

the house has risen up and shut the door,

 and you begin to stand outside

 and knock at the door, saying,

'Lord, Lord, open for us,' and He will

answer and say to you,

 'I do not know you, where you are from,'

 (26) "then you will begin to say,

'We ate and drank in Your presence,

and You taught in our streets.'

(27) "But He will say, 'I tell you I do

 not know you, where you are from.

Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.'

(28) "There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth,

 when you see

 Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and

all the prophets in the kingdom of God,

and yourselves thrust out.

 (29) "They will come from the east and the west,

from the north and the south,

and sit down in the kingdom of God.

(30) "And indeed there are last who will be first,

 and there are first who will be last."

These scriptures in this study are Gods

commandment to us the body of Christ.

They are as clear as God is going to say to us,


The most frightening statement

that is in this verse is,


"Depart from Me,

all you workers of iniquity."


Many do not have their very own

personal experiences

with time spent in the Word

to establish their personal definition

that they derived from the Word

to establish a personal life style

that is truly based on the Word


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"Come out from among

 them And be separate, says the Lord.

Do not touch what is unclean,

 And I will receive you."


(2 Cor 6:14 – 18 & 7:1 NKJV)

(14) Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.

 For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?

And what communion has light with darkness?

(15) And what accord has Christ with Belial?

Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?

(16) And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?

 For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

"I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God,

And they shall be My people."

 (17) Therefore "Come out from among

 them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean,

 And I will receive you."

 (18) "I will be a Father to you, And you shall

be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty."

 (7:1) Therefore,

 having these promises, beloved,

let us cleanse ourselves from

all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,

perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

"Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you."


If we want to be received by God

We must separate our self from the things of this world,

  • It’s stuff,
  • It’s games,
  • It’s entertainment,
  • The way the world spends it time.
  • Bring no more of there filth into your home.
  • Do not go out into the world and touch that which is unclean
  • Nor seek the things that the world seeks.

What we must understand about all this is

God Considers anything that you spend

more time doing when you could have

spent doing the things on the

two side coin below,

It is an idol to Him.




There is very little time left,

we must obey God as He commands.


(1 Pet 1:22 NKJV)

Since you have purified your souls

 in obeying the truth through

the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren,

 love one another fervently with a pure heart,

Purity that God is interested in centers

around our relationships with others.

  • in sincere love of the brethren
  • love one another fervently

Our time on this earth is for us to demonstrate

our love For God and others.

 God has no interest in our accumulation of stuff,

this worlds stuff interferes

 with our with us having a pure heart.

  • fervently with a pure heart

A Pure heart in the sight of God

Is being totally separated from


The lust of the eyes,

craving for everything that you see.


The lust of the flesh,

craving for physical pleasure.


Pride of life,

pride in your achievements.



pride in all the things

that you possess.

This is a list of your focus

and your choices.

They literally will be to

satisfy the flesh

or build the

kingdom of God


You could put a

column in the middle

 and call it half and half,

but I do not think that you want to do that.


Pick a day

a week

a month

a year.

List every second

of your time,

What you did

What you thought

What you looked at

What you listened to

What you felt.

What you said.

What you experienced.


List Every penny of

money that you spent.


All items go on one side

or the other.


Yes this is extreme,


God is Very Serious

About All.


Walking in the Flesh Walking In the Spirit


Walking in the

flesh is sin.


Almost is not an option with God

He is a all or nothing God.

If we want to spend eternity with Him,

We had better be willing to become

none of what this world is and

All of what Jesus is.

Within Your Soul

Lies The Power To Make

That Choice.

Use It While You Can.



(Psa 23:1 – 6 NKJV)

(23) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

(2) He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters.

(3 He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.

  • The LORD is my shepherd (It is no longer I who live, But Christ who lives in me.)
  • I shall not want (Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, "One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.")
  • He makes me to lie down in green pastures; (John 4:34 -38 NKJV)

(34) Jesus said to them,

"My food is to do the will of Him who sent

Me, and to finish His work.

(35) "Do you not say, 'There are still four

months and then comes the harvest'?

Behold, I say to you,

lift up your eyes and look at the fields,

 for they are already white for harvest!

 (36) "And he who reaps receives wages,

and gathers fruit for eternal life,

 that both he who sows and he who

reaps may rejoice together.

(37) "For in this the saying is true:

 'One sows and another reaps.'

(38) "I sent you to reap that for which

you have not labored;

others have labored,

and you have entered into their labors." 

  • He leads me beside the still waters (Luke 4:18 –19 NKJV)

"The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,

Because He has anointed Me

 To preach the gospel to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives and

 recovery of sight to the blind,

To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

 (19) To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD."

  • He restores my soul at any point while you are on earth God will restore your soul to the original completeness and fullness of power that He intended the soul of man to have through the Holy Spirit. Look at the life of Christ, and you will see the fullness of the soul in action,

(Acts 10:38 NKJV)

"how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with

the Holy Spirit and with power,

 who went about doing good and healing

 all who were oppressed by the devil,

for God was with Him.


You see this same power in the life of Stephan

(Acts 6:8 NKJV)

And Stephen, full of faith and power,

did great wonders and signs among

the people.


God wants to restore the ability of the soul of man

to those that are members of the Body of Christ.

(John 15:4 – 5 NKJV)

(4) "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,

unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

 (5) "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me,

and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.


God will restore the ability of the soul of

man to the man who choose to say to God,




  • He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake. When we finally see that it is all about His name's sake and nothing about us, then we will understand God's definition of the paths of righteousness. His paths of righteousness will always be about t
  • he two sided coin that we are to live.

One side of the coin is the sacrifice of self.


The other side of the coin is

build your relationship with God,

serving others and

the building of the kingdom of God



  • Deny Yourself
  • Take Up Your Cross, Walking In The Flesh Is Simply Living Without Your Flesh Nailed To The Cross Daily. How Do You Know, What Is Your Focus And What Are Your Daily Choices. God Is Very Jealous, He Says If You Are Even Luke Warm He Will Vomit You Out Of His Mouth.
  • Worshipping Him
  • Have The Word Of God Playing In Your Presents At All Times Possible. This Is A Sacrifice Of Self So You Can Reach A State Of,  It is No Longer I That Live But Christ That Lives In Me.
  • Share The Word With Other To Save A Lost Souls From Destruction In Hell
  • Serving The Body Of Christ And Anyone That Is Suffering And In Need.

In conclusion,  very simply put

life is about focus and choices.

Get focused and make right choices.


Please Remember

Luke Warn Is

Extremely Not Good.


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Jude 1

New Living Translation (NLT)

Greetings from Jude

This letter is from Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James.

I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.[a]

May God give you more and more mercy, peace, and love.

The Danger of False Teachers

Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

So I want to remind you, though you already know these things, that Jesus[b] first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later he destroyed those who did not remain faithful. And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them but left the place where they belonged. God has kept them securely chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the great day of judgment. And don’t forget Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God’s judgment.

In the same way, these people—who claim authority from their dreams—live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at supernatural beings.[c] But even Michael, one of the mightiest of the angels,[d] did not dare accuse the devil of blasphemy, but simply said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (This took place when Michael was arguing with the devil about Moses’ body.) 10 But these people scoff at things they do not understand. Like unthinking animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them, and so they bring about their own destruction. 11 What sorrow awaits them! For they follow in the footsteps of Cain, who killed his brother. Like Balaam, they deceive people for money. And like Korah, they perish in their rebellion.

12 When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord’s love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you.[e] They are like shameless shepherds who care only for themselves. They are like clouds blowing over the land without giving any rain. They are like trees in autumn that are doubly dead, for they bear no fruit and have been pulled up by the roots. 13 They are like wild waves of the sea, churning up the foam of their shameful deeds. They are like wandering stars, doomed forever to blackest darkness.

14 Enoch, who lived in the seventh generation after Adam, prophesied about these people. He said, “Listen! The Lord is coming with countless thousands of his holy ones 15 to execute judgment on the people of the world. He will convict every person of all the ungodly things they have done and for all the insults that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”[f]

16 These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want.

A Call to Remain Faithful

17 But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ said. 18 They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires. 19 These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them.

20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,[g] 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.

22 And you must show mercy to[h] those whose faith is wavering. 23 Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others,[i] but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.[j]

A Prayer of Praise

24 Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. 25 All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.