Jude 1:5 “I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.”
Jude’s epistle, though brief, expertly identifies problems that plague modern churches. Our text verse is one such example. The focus today is on the phrase “I will therefore put you in remembrance, though he once knew this … “
The time in which we live is thronged by saints of God that have spiritual dementia. All are guilty of taking the things of God for granted (to some degree) but some people are constantly losing more and more of their spiritual knowledge as each day goes by.
Without a doubt, assuming you study your Bible outside of Church, the Spirit of God has shown you many new truths with each page turn. However, anyone is prone to fall victim to a memory that functions as a “revolving door.” Instead of cementing into memory what we learn, some simply replace old knowledge with new information. Without any permanency to our memory, we are liable to follow any wind of doctrine and/or rationalize any lifestyle because we have lost what we once knew.
Furthermore, Jude’s words have an application to perpetuity. When America was still truly a Christian nation it was so because individual Christians sought the face of God AND NEW HOW TO FIND GOD! Obviously, that has been lost in the collective memory of churches across the nation. You don’t need at Ph.D. in the KJV to know how to pray with such conviction that you can move the heart of God. You don’t need to have half the Bible memorized to know how live a life that is just in the sight of God. Once, Christians everywhere knew these things and more. So, knowing that the Lord’s coming is closer than ever, why wouldn’t I devote myself to learning, remembering, and teaching those things which once were commonly known among the brethren?
Forgetfulness is a progressive condition. We all will lose some details the further we get from the date we learned it (that’s why God uses the Pastor to refresh us on things we once were sharp on). But no Christian should ever outright forget anything. But the longer we let forgetfulness fester, the faster the deformation starts and the worse the effects are. Receive new knowledge, Record it on the table of your heart, and Recount what you’ve learned from God to those around you.
Your fellowservant in Christ, Bro. Jordan Foster