â€œBut, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.â€ (Jude 1:17-19)
Jude had previous contact with the apostle Peter and was aware of Peterâ€™s observation â€œthat there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lustsâ€ (2 Peter 3:3). Peter describes the lusts of these scoffers by pointing out that their derision is focused on the second coming of our Lord Jesusâ€”they deny the very possibility of the creation itself and, therefore, the omnipotent and omniscient authority of God Himself (2 Peter 3:4-6).
Jude, however, focuses on the core character of these mockers, noting that they â€œseparate themselvesâ€ and are â€œsensual.â€ They are â€œsoulishâ€ (the Greek word is the adjective form of the noun for soul). That is, these kinds of people are driven by their â€œnatural manâ€ and cannot receive â€œthe things of the Spirit of Godâ€ (1 Corinthians 2:14). James is even more intense: These people are â€œearthly, sensual, devilishâ€ (James 3:15).
Furthermore, they consciously separate themselves from the godly. The apostle John speaks to this phenomenon: â€œThey went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of usâ€ (1 John 2:19). Jesus simply notes that â€œevery one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reprovedâ€ (John 3:20).
It is therefore an absoluteâ€”these people do not have the Spirit of God dwelling in them. â€œNow if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of hisâ€ (Romans 8:9). HMM III