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Glory to God (Jude 24-25)

Glory to God (Jude 24-25)

Jude 24-25

I. God’s ability (Jude 24; cf. Ephesians 3:20-21)

    A. “To keep you from stumbling” – He does His part (v.1) as we do ours (v.21) (1 Peter 1:5; 2 Peter 1:5-11; Philippians 2:12-13)
    B. “To present you faultless” (Ephesians 1:4; 5:27)

      1. When? “Before the presence of His glory” (Matthew 25:31-46)
      2. How? “With exceeding joy” (Luke 15:7, 10, 11-24, 32)

II. God’s attributes (Jude 25)

    A. “Our Savior” (1 Timothy 1:1; 2:3; 4:10; Titus 1:3; 2:10; 3:4)
    B. “Who alone is wise” (James 1:5; Ephesians 3:10-11)
    C. “Glory” – dignity and honor – (Luke 2:13-14; Matthew 5:16; Acts 7:55)
    D. “Majesty” – greatness – (Deuteronomy 32:3-4; Job 37:22; Psalm 104:1; Hebrews 1:3; 8:1)
    E. “Dominion” – strength and power (Romans 6:9, 14; Luke 1:51; Ephesians 1:19-20)
    F. “Power” – authority (Matthew 7:29; 9:6; 28:18)
    G. “Before all time, and now, and for evermore” [ASV] (Romans 1:20; 1 Timothy 1:17)

Responsibility to Self and to Others (Jude 20-23)

Responsibility to Self and to Others (Jude 20-23)

Jude 20-23

I. The responsibility to self (20-21)

    A. Build upon the holy faith (2 Peter 1:5-11)
    B. Pray in the Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:15)
    C. Keep yourself in God’s love (1 John 4:9-10)
    D. Look for Jesus’ mercy (Matthew 5:7; James 2:13; Hebrews 4:16)
    E. Do all of this “unto eternal life” (Titus 2:11-14)

II. The responsibility to others: compassion (22)

    A. The last word in the Greek is difficult – some versions render it “to make difference/distinction” (KJV/NKJV); other versions speak to people “who are in doubt” (ASV)
    B. The soul winner’s attitude tender, gentle, compassionate (Galatians 6:1)

III. The responsibility to others: rescue (23)

    A. Pull them out of the fire (Zechariah 3:1-4)
    B. Love the sinner, hate the sin (James 5:19-20)

Remember the Words (Jude 17-19)

Remember the Words (Jude 17-19)

Jude 17-19

I. Apostolic warnings (17)

    A. The apostles had authority (Matthew 16:19; Acts 2:42)
    B. Peter (2 Peter; emphasize 3:3-4)
    C. John (1 John 4:1-3; 2 John 7-11; 3 John 9-111)
    D. Paul (Acts 20:29-30; Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Thessalonians 3:11-14; 1 Timothy 4:1-5; 2 Timothy 3:1-9)

II. Mockers (18)

    A. “Scoffers” (2 Peter 3:3-4) – men “who would make light of the truth”
    B. The supposed “delay” in Jesus’ second coming is nothing more than a demonstration of God’s love and mercy for His creation (2 Peter 3:9)

III. Walk according to their own ungodly lusts, sensual persons, not having the Spirit (18-19)

    A. Earthly, sensual, demonic wisdom (James 3:14-17)
    B. The contrast between fleshly and Spirit-filled living (Galatians 5:16-26)

IV. Cause divisions (19)

    A. The fallacy of “unity in diversity”/“agree to disagree” philosophy is that divisions are caused by innovations, not by fidelity to the faith
    B. Factious spirit condemned (1 Corinthians 1:10; 3:1-7; Romans 16:17-18)

The Ungodly False Teachers (Jude 12-16)

The Ungodly False Teachers (Jude 12-16)

Jude 12-16

I. Destructive emptiness and instability of false teachers (12-13)

    A. Spots/blemishes [“hidden rocks” ASV], self-serving (1 Corinthians 15:33)
    B. Empty promises (Proverbs 25:14)
    C. Unstable (Ephesians 4:14; James 1:6)

II. Enoch’s prophecy of the judgment (14-15)

    A. “The Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints” (Matthew 25:31)
    B. “To execute judgment on all” (Matthew 25:31-46)

III. The judgment against the ungodly (16)

    A. Ungodly deeds – their only motivation is self-gratification (2 Corinthians 5:10)
    B. Ungodly speech (Matthew 12:36; Philippians 2:14; Proverbs 7:21)

Examples of Apostasy (Jude 5-11)

Examples of Apostasy (Jude 5-11)

Jude 5-11

I. Examples of God’s righteous judgment (Jude 5-7)

    A. The Israelites delivered from Egypt, then destroyed for unbelief (Jude 5; 1 Corinthians 10:1-5; Hebrews 3:16-19)
    B. The angels who left their own abode (Jude 6; Matthew 25:41; 2 Peter 2:4; 1 Timothy 3:6)
    C. Sodom and Gomorrah (and surrounding cities) who committed sexual immorality (Jude 7; Gen. 19:1-13, 24-25)

II. “Likewise” (Jude 8-10) – refers back to the “ungodly men” of v.4

    A. Defile the flesh (Jude 8)
    B. Reject authority (Jude 8)
    C. Speak evil of dignitaries (Jude 8-10; Romans 1:18-32; 2 Peter 2:10-12)

III. “Woe to them!” (Jude 11)

    A. The way of Cain – disobedience, hate, murder (Genesis 4:1-8)
    B. The error of Balaam – the abuse of influence for personal gain (Numbers 22:5-7)
    C. The rebellion of Korah – rebellion against divinely constituted authority (Numbers 16:1-35)

Contend Earnestly for the Faith (Jude 3-4)

Contend Earnestly for the Faith (Jude 3-4)

Jude 3-4

I. Priorities and balance

    A. Jude’s desired focus: “our common salvation”
    B. What was really needed at that moment: “contend earnestly for the faith”
    C. “The faith” is the singular system of faith (Ephesians 4:5)

II. The finality of God’s Word

    A. “Once for all delivered” – no additions or modifications (Galatians 1:6-9)
    B. Culture does not determine truth (Galatians 1:11)

III. Dangers of false teachers

    A. “Crept in unnoticed” (2 Timothy 3:6; Galatians 2:4; 2 Peter 2:1)
    B. “Marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men” – not the specific individuals, but the character of the person was foretold (Acts 20:29-30; 2 Timothy 3:1-7; 4:3-4)
    C. “Who turn the grace of our God into lewdness” (Romans 5:20-6:2)
    D. “Deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ” – denial can come by word or deed (1 John 2:4)

Jude’s View of Himself and Others (Jude 1-2)

Jude's View of Himself and Others (Jude 1-2)

Jude 1-2

I. Jude according to Jude

    A. Which Jude? (shortened form of “Judas” – Matthew 1:2; 10:4; Acts 5:37; 9:11; 15:22-32; Mark 6:3; Acts 1:14)
    B. “Bondservant of Jesus Christ” (cf. Romans 1:1; Galatians 1:10; Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:1; James 1:1; Romans 6:16-20)
    C. “Brother of James” (cf. John 7:5; Acts 1:14)

II. Jude’s recipients

    A. “Called” (cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:14)
    B. “Sanctified” (cf. John 17:17, 19; Ephesians 5:26; 1 Corinthians 6:11)
    C. “Preserved” (cf. Jude 21; Philippians 2:12)

III. The blessings of being in Christ

    A. “Mercy” (cf. Exodus 33:19)
    B. “Peace” (cf. Philippians 4:7, 9)
    C. “Love” (cf. Romans 5:8) – sacrificial love
    D. “Be multiplied” (cf. Ephesians 3:20)

Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 4/260: Enoch

Read Jude 14-15

Contending for the Faith

Enoch is identified by the inspired Jude as “the seventh from Adam” (Jude 14). The line is Adam, Seth, Enosh, Cainan, Mahalalel, Jared, and Enoch.

Moses does not identify Enoch as a prophet, nor are any of Enoch’s words recorded for us in the first book of the Bible. Jude, however, shows that there were men before the flood who were teaching the truth and trying to convince others to follow God.

Enoch warned “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him” (Jude 14-15).

Keep in mind the purpose of Jude’s epistle, as revealed in verse 3: “I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” There were ungodly men in Enoch’s day, and Enoch preached against ungodliness. There were ungodly men in Jude’s day, and Jude pleaded with the brethren to preach against that ungodliness. There is still ungodliness in the world today, and we must continue to preach against that ungodliness.

Consider what Paul wrote to the young evangelist Timothy: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. From such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

We must take a stand for what is right and against what is wrong. We must “contend earnestly for the faith.” We must, like Enoch, warn of the judgment against ungodly deeds and ungodly ways.

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Day 162/260: Read Jude

Some religious people teach that once a person is saved, it is impossible for him to fall away. This is sometimes called “the impossibility of apostasy.” This is a false doctrine refuted many times in the New Testament, including in the short epistle written by Jude.

The inspired writer talks about the salvation of Israel from Egypt, yet reminds the reader that God “afterward destroyed those who did not believe.” He mentions “the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode.”

He then shifts his attention to the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah, who had “given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh.” Time and time again, we see God’s perfect creation—both humankind and angelkind—leaving the safety of God.

Why did they leave? Several reasons: pride, greed, a rebellious spirit, sensuousness. A lack of trust in the promises and provisions of God. Selfishness. It didn’t have to be that way.

Jude writes, “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.” You have a choice to remain in the grace of God through faithful obedience, or to walk away. Choose Jesus.

Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)

1 Timothy 1:15. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.


Pray for forgiveness for your shortcomings and commit yourself to following God’s instructions selflessly.