Jude Chapter 1

June 19, 2014

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Jude. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Most scholars identify the writer as Jude the half-brother of Jesus.

Matthew 13:55 (NIV)
55 “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?

Jude is a short form of Judas and is probably better to be known as Jude than associated with Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus.

While Judas and James had not placed their faith in Jesus while he was alive, they had since His crucifixion and resurrection and had even traveled for the sake of the gospel.

1 Corinthians 9:5 (NIV)
5 Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas?

Jude probably wrote his letter sometime between AD 67 and 80.

Jude 1:1-25 (NIV)
1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: 2 Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. 3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. 4 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. 5 Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home–these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire. 8 In the very same way, these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings. 9 But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals–these are the very things that destroy them. 11 Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion. 12 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. 13 They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever. 14 Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones 15 to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16 These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage. 17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. 20 But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. 21 Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. 22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear–hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. 24 To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy– 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Jude 1:1-4

Jude writes about apostasy, which is when people turn away from the truth and toward false teaching.

Jude writes about the importance of having a solid foundation based on the Word of God. The Bible is the Word of God and should not be twisted or manipulated or taken out of context. That is why it is so important for us as believers to spend time reading and studying the Bible ourselves.

Jude 1:5-21

Just as Peter had in his letters, Jude warns against false teachers and teaching. One of the big false teaching the early church was dealing with was Gnosticism. The Gnostics did not believe in the incarnation of Christ or the call to believers to live holy lives based on Biblical principles and ethics.

Jude gives examples of people who lived doing what they wanted.

Cain – murdered his brother out of jealousy (Genesis 4)

Balaam – used “God” for selfish motives (Numbers 22-24)

Korah – wanted power for himself (Numbers 16)

These stories serve as powerful illustrations of the pride, selfishness, jealousy and greed that are common among false teachers.

These attitudes were also spilling over into the fellowship meal which was celebrated before taking part in communion. Rather than being a time when people were encouraged and loved and cared for, the fellowship meal was becoming a time of selfishness and greed.

Jude 1:22-25

Getting people to Jesus for salvation is a matter of live and death. How we live and the words we speak are so important in helping pre-Christians connect with the Kingdom of God.


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