Jude: Keep Strong in the Faith

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Jude wrote to motivate Christians everywhere to action. He wanted them to recognize the dangers of false teaching, to protect themselves and other believers, and to win back those who had already been deceived. Jude was writing against godless teachers who were saying that Christians could do as they pleased without fear of God’s punishment. While few teach this heresy openly in the church today, many in the church act as though this were true. This letter contains a warning against living a nominal Christian life. 

This was Jude’s message to Christians everywhere. The opposition would come and godless teachers would arise, but Christians should “contend for the faith” by rejecting all falsehood and immorality, remembering God’s mighty acts of rescue and punishment, and the warnings of the apostles. His readers are to build up their own faith through prayer, keeping close to Christ, helping others, and hating sin. Jude then concludes with a glorious benediction of praise to God. 

How much do you value God’s Word, the fellowship of the church, and obedience to Jesus Christ? There are many false teachers waiting to destroy your Christ-centered life, the credibility of God’s Word, and the unity of the body of Christ. Read Jude and determine to stand firm in your faith and defend God’s truth at all costs. Nothing is more valuable. 

Writer of Jude

Written by Jude, “the servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James” (Jude 1). This James was identified as “the Lord’s brother” (Galatians 1:19), and hence, so was Jude

Date Written

Written during the Great Scattering described in Acts 8-12 (A. D. 40s). 

To Whom Written

To the Jews scattered abroad from Jerusalem. Possibly written from Jerusalem. 

Purpose of Jude

The purpose of the book of Jude is to give advice to the faithful brethren as to how to deal with the false teachers who had come in stealthily among them and how to help those who were being led astray.

Theological Contribution in Jude

Jude writes as a defender of the faith who is “contending earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (v. 3). The “ungodly” are not the heathen outside the church; they are the false teachers inside (v. 12). Their association with the faith, however, does not mean they live in the faith: the ungodly have not the Spirit (v. 19), whereas the faithful do (v. 20); the ungodly remain in eternal darkness, but the saints have eternal life.

Special Consideration in Jude

Jude’s last word on the problem of corruption in the church is preserved in a memorable benediction. Only God can keep us from error and bring us to Himself.

Scripture Study Resources

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Believer’s Bible Commentary: Second Edition – A Bible commentary is a written, systematic series of explanations and interpretations of Scripture. Commentaries often analyze or expound on individual books of the Bible, chapter by chapter and verse by verse. Some commentary works provide analysis of the whole of Scripture.

The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible – The best concordance for word study! This exclusive new edition of a legendary classic puts generations of biblical research at your fingertips. A valuable tool for pastors, teachers, and students of the Bible. 

Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words – This classic word study resource allows you to study the meaning of biblical words in the original languages without spending years learning Greek or Hebrew. A great resource for students, seasoned pastors, and anyone who enjoys biblical word studies–even if they have little to no formal training in Hebrew or Greek.

Halley’s Bible Handbook – The beloved and classic Bible companion has been thoroughly updated, while retaining its time-honored features and Dr. Halley’s highly personal style, to offer even greater clarity, insight, and usefulness.


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