Introduction to the Books of the Bible
BOOK : Jude
Description : A short letter about false teachers in the church
Author: Jude – uncertain but possibly a brother of Jesus
Date written : Probably somewhere between AD65 and AD80
Chapters : 1
Some Key Verses:
a) The False Teachers
Jude's purpose in writing – to warn against these false teachers
v.3,4 I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
They reject authority
v.8 these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings
They are self-concerned leaders, lacking provision, directionless, unfruitful, creating upset
v.12,13 These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm--shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted--twice dead. They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.
They grumble and criticise, boasting using flattery for their own ends
v.16 These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage
They pander to self and lack the Spirit
v.17-19 remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, "In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires." These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
b) Exhortations for the church
Build…. pray…. keep.… be merciful…. snatch and save (worth meditating on those)
v.20-23 But you, dear friends
Another simple and short letter from a different apostle who expresses concern to an unknown church about certain men who have slipped in but who are clearly wrong-doers and who will receive God's judgment. Until that happens, the church needs to build itself up, caring for all God's real people, some of whom may be more weak in the faith.
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