verses for this week: Psa
40:1 To the chief
Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he
inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry
clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
Last week, as we finished up III John, we saw some scriptures
that taught us what our attitude towards missionaries should be.
We should support them and encourage them in every way we
can. We were
encouraged to have a good report of all men like Gaius had.
This week we get into the book of Jude.
1:1 Jude, the servant
of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified
by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
1:2 Mercy unto you, and
peace and love, be multiplied.
writer is Jude, which is the English form of the name Judas. Jude, he tells us here, is the brother of James. Now, in the
Gospel records there are three or four men by the name of James, and
there are three men by the name of Judas. We are helped in our
identification of the writer of this epistle by the record in
Matthew: “Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother
called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and
Judas?” (Matt. 13:55). So two of these brothers, James, the writer
of the Epistle of James, and Judas, the writer of the Epistle of
Jude, are half-brothers of the Lord Jesus Christ. There are two
other men by the name of Judas, and they both were among the twelve
apostles of our Lord. The best known, of course, is Judas Iscariot,
the apostle who betrayed the Lord. The other apostle by the name of
Judas is distinguished in this way: “Judas saith unto him, not
Iscariot, Lord how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto
us, and not unto the world?” (John 14:22, italics mine). The way
he is identified is just that he is not Judas Iscariot. Therefore we
believe that the writer of this epistle is the third Judas which
Scripture mentions, Judas, the half-brother of the Lord Jesus
Notice that neither James nor Jude identify themselves as
brothers of the Lord Jesus. James introduces himself as “… a
servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ …” (James 1:1). And
Jude introduces himself as “the servant of Jesus Christ, and
brother of James.” 
Jude is writing this book to those who are sanctified by God
the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called as it says in
verse 1. Sanctification
takes place in the soul of a person when he receives Christ as
Saviour. Sanctification of course means to ‘set
apart’, and we are to sanctify our body each day for the work of
the Lord. The words ‘preserved in Jesus Christ” speaks of us
being eternally kept by Christ.
The Purpose of the Letter
1:3 Beloved, when I
gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was
needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should
earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the
1:4 For there are
certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to
this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into
lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus
purpose of this letter was to exhort these Christians to contend for
the faith (Word of God) once delivered to the saints.
The reason they needed to contend for the faith was because
certain men had crept in among them teaching things contrary to
writes about a dangerous faction that has slipped into the
congregations. These false teachers were: (1) changing the entrusted
theology; (2) boasting of visions; (3) reviling angelic beings; (4)
creating divisions; and (5) exhibiting self-centeredness. 
false teachers had two serious false doctrines.
They denied Jesus Christ and God, and the turned the grace of
God into lasciviousness. (This
mean wanton desires, lustful feelings, and lawlessness.)
Note that these had been doomed long ago.
It says they were ‘ordained to this condemnation.’
The only way you and I can stay steadfast in the Lord is to
know the Word of God, and not be drawn away by these false
History of Those Who Turned Away From the Lord
1:5 I will therefore
put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord,
having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward
destroyed them that believed not.
Jude uses three examples of turning away from God and how God
dealt with those that turned away.
Jude reminds them of the deliverance of Israel out of Egypt
and the judgment of God being brought upon them that believed not.
Out of all the men above 20 years of age that God delivered
out of Egypt, only two of them entered into Canaan.
(Joshua and Caleb which were the two who had faith and said
that they should go in and take the land when the 12 spies were sent
to check out the Promised Land.)
1:6 And the angels
which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he
hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment
of the great day.
1:7 Even as Sodom and
Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving
themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are
set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
The second example was the angels that left their own
habitation. These have
been reserved in chains to be judged at the great day at the Great
White Throne Judgment. The
third example he gives is of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
These were destroyed due to the gross sin in them.
These examples are given to show us what God will do to those
who turn away from Him.
Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone
and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the
inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
Three Sins Committed by These False Teachers
1:8 Likewise also these
filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil
It says that they 1.) Defile
the flesh 2.)
They Despise Dominion 3.)
They speak evil of dignities.
Does that sound like many in our day?
False teachers are still in the world today, probably in
greater number than in the days of Jude.
Some speak evil of things they know nothing about.
Many look to see if something is good or is related to God,
and if so, they will stand against it.
1:9 Yet Michael the
archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body
of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but
said, The Lord rebuke thee.
1:10 But these speak
evil of those things which they know not: but what they know
naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
How could it be that Jude could know that Michael disputed
about the body of Moses with Satan?
Only by God’s divine inspiration of scripture.
2 Pet 1:21
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but
holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
What would Satan want with the body of Moses?
Most likely, the people of Israel had such a high view of
Moses, that if Satan had his body, he could use it as an idol and
cause the Israelites to worship it.
Note the power of Satan.
Michael the Archangel did not bring a railing accusation
against him, but said “The Lord rebuke thee.”
Satan may be strong, but he is no match to Christ.
Woe Denounced on These False Teachers
1:11 Woe unto them! for
they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error
of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
Those that had followed the way of Cain.
Cain brought the works of his own hands for a sacrifice for
sins. Works for
salvation have never been honored by God, not in the Old Testament
days, and still not in our day.
The error of Balaam.
Balaam’s error was to suggest to Balak a way by which
Israel could be separated from God.
His reward was to be “High Honour.”
He did not get it this because he forgot about the power of
Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote
thee unto great honour; but, lo, the LORD hath kept thee back from
The gainsaying of Korah…
Korah’s gainsaying was rebellion against properly
constituted authority. God
himself had given Aaron and Moses their authority.
Korah railed at them and claimed the same authority.
Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of
Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of
Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:
And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children
of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in
the congregation, men of renown:
And they gathered themselves together against Moses and
against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing
all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is
among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the
congregation of the LORD?
And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face:
And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the
door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the
LORD appeared unto all the congregation.
And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may
consume them in a moment.
And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of
the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth
with all the congregation?
The Evil Influence of their Presence at Feasts of Charity
1:12 These are spots in
your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves
without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds;
trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up
by the roots;
1:13 Raging waves of
the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is
reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
It says these are spots in their feasts of charity.
They are like clouds without any water.
They do no good at all to the dry earth.
And they were like fruit trees without good fruit.
Nothing good enough to eat.
These false teachers were of no value in any way to the
The Prophecy of Enoch Against Them
1:14 And Enoch also,
the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord
cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
1:15 To execute
judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them
of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of
all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against
1:16 These are
murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their
mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in
admiration because of advantage.
Enoch told about the judgment at the end of time when Christ
will sit on the throne at the Great White Throne Judgment after the
1000 year millennial reign of Christ here on earth.
And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and
begat sons and daughters:
And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two
years: and he died.
And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three
hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five
And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
J. Vernon McGee said this about the apostates as mentioned in
Here are five additional identifications of apostates. (1)
They are murmurers. Murmuring means to mutter complaints. This is
not loud, outspoken dissatisfaction but muttering against God in an
undertone. (2) They are complainers, complaining about their lot in
life, discontented, never satisfied. If they recognize God at all,
they blame Him for everything that has happened to them. I have
received hundreds of letters from folk who tell me how discontented,
dissatisfied, and unhappy they were with their lot. Then when they
came to Christ, all of that changed. And another characteristic of
apostates is that (3) they walk after their own lusts or desires.
Those desires could be good or bad—not necessarily desires which
are base like immorality. It could be anything that leaves God out.
It could be a sailing boat, good music, or literature, or even
religion in which they find a certain amount of satisfaction, but in
their hearts they are discontented. (4) Their mouth speaks great
swelling words; that is, they are immoderate and arrogant; they use
extravagant language, which is fizz and foam but has no content. I
was rather amused by listening to a politician being interviewed. He
used a great many modern expressions which are being overworked
today. When he had finished, I analyzed what he had said and
realized that he hadn’t said anything—he had been just talking.
He had not committed himself to anything whatsoever. Well, there are
a great many men in the ministry who talk like that also. (5) They
have men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. This is
literally “admiring countenances.” They are great at applauding
others—and they say a lot of things which are not true—because
they are looking to men for their promotion, their advantage. You
may recall that the Epistle of James has something to say about
this: “My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto
your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there
come in also a poor man in vile raiment; and ye have respect to him
that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a
good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under
my footstool: are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become
judges of evil thoughts?” (James 2:1–4). 
1:17 But, beloved,
remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of
our Lord Jesus Christ;
1:18 How that they told
you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after
their own ungodly lusts.
1:19 These be they who
separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
We are told that these false teachers are not saved people,
but they do not have the Holy Spirit.
The saved person has the Holy Spirit living inside of them.
For I was alive without the law once: but when the
commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to
be unto death.
For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and
by it slew me.
Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and
just, and good.
Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid.
But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which
is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
Three Ways to Keep From Being Like False Teachers
1:20 But ye, beloved,
building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy
1:21 Keep yourselves in
the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto
These are things we all need to do.
Build up ourselves in the faith once delivered unto the
Pray (bible says
to pray without ceasing)
Keep yourself in the love of God
Our Attitude Toward the Lost and Weak
1:22 And of some have
compassion, making a difference:
1:23 And others save
with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment
spotted by the flesh.
We should not despise the lost or those who doubt, but rather
have compassion on them. If
it were not for the compassion Jesus had for us, we all would be
lost and on our way to a devil’s hell.
Every one that we win to Christ will be delivered from the
pits of hell. It says
we should hate even the garment spotted by the flesh.
1:24 Now unto him that
is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless
before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
1:25 To the only wise
God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now
and for ever. Amen.
Thank God for Christ… He and He alone is the one who can
keep us from falling and present us faultless before God one day.
Jude closes praising the Almighty God, of whom we can never
praise enough for his glory and majesty, dominion and power.
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