When even angels aren't spared (Jude 6)

"And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day . . . " - Jude 6

This morning as I was praying and trying to dwell on who the Lord is I fell on two things. The first, God is completely in control, and this brings me great comfort. The second thing is God is an awesome, powerful, all mighty, worthy of reverent fear, personal God.

This verse in Jude reminds us the Lord didn't even spare the angels when they strayed from His will. Then verse 7, " - just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire."

Jude is about to launch into some reasons why it is necessary to follow whole and sound teaching about the gospel. But first he gives us some reasons we should have nothing to do with lies and heresy. Sodom and Gomorrah are experiencing an eternal fire. Utterly destroyed from the face of the planet, wiped away. This is no little reminder. God doesn't mess around with truth, He means business.

The angels are kept in chains for all of eternity and then cast into darkness. I live in a city which for about 6 months of winter sees the sun about twice. It is a gloomy nightmare, but I cannot fathom the darkness which comes from God casting you out.

Our God is an awesome, powerful, all mighty, worthy of reverent fear, personal God. Because He is as powerful as He is, and as passionate as He is and because He cares for us, He will not fail to deal favorably or horribly with us. It's not a little thing when He's for you and not against you.