When applied to spiritual matters, “Safety First” is Biblical.
Spiritual safety matters to God because they who are called and sanctified by the Father are preserved (i.e. “kept, watched, guarded from loss or injury”) in the Son (Jude 1).
Spiritual safety matters to God’s children because they are to keep themselves in the love of God (Jude 21).
To stay safe spiritually speaking, God’s children must do these essential things:
- Be ever watchful for change agents who pervert the gospel of Christ (Jude 4-19); these spiritual dreamers are spots in their love feasts, clouds without water, autumn trees without fruit, raging waves of the sea, and spiritual black holes (Jude 12-13). Because of this, they know these heretics are nothing but bad news.
- Build themselves up the in the most holy faith; they read, study, rightly divide, meditate upon, and engraft God’s word into their heart.
- Be prayer warriors; they pray without ceasing and do so according to the Holy Spirit’s instructions in the Holy Scriptures.
- Be focused on spiritual matters; they are ever looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life (Jude 21). Hope is heaven’s secure anchor for the soul.
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” (Jude 20-21).