Book of Jude
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|Jude (v 1:1): the brother of James, the half brother of our Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 6:3).||
Warnings of apostasy
Jude was hoping to write about the common bond of our salvation, but found it more urgent to write about apostasy in the church. "Apostasy" is different than "false teachers". Whereby false teachers are known to redefine the truth appearing outside of the foundational teachings of the gospel. Apostasy twists the truth keeping within the same foundation teachings. Jude's concern was that, God's precious grace was being taken as a license to act immorality. Thereby denying the true grace, mercy and power of the Word of God.
1Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are called, sanctified by God the Father and preserved in Jesus Christ. 2May you abound in mercy, peace and love.
3Whereby I was intending to write about the bond that we have in our common salivation. I now find it needful that I should write to you urging you to defend the faith, that has been given to all the saints. 4For certain men have crept in and have turned the grace of God into lewdness, walking not in righteousness, but rather claiming God's grace as a license to be immoral, thereby denying our Lord God and Lord Jesus Christ.
5Allow me to bring this back to your memory, after the Lord had delivered the people out of the land of Egypt, He then destroyed the unbelievers. 6Even the angels whom have chosen to leave their proper place, He has confined to be condemned to everlasting darkness, on that great judgment day. 7Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, gave themselves over to sexual immorality going after strange flesh, they also have been made an example of suffering eternal fire.
8Likewise, these dreamers defile their flesh, rejecting authority and speaking evil of the ones in authority. 9Even the highest of angels do not presume to accuse and condemn, but will put the matter into the Lord's hands, saying; may the LORD judge you. 10But these men mock and speak evil of whatever, they do not understand. What they do know, they know only from experience, just like a brute beast and by this experiential knowledge they corrupt themselves. 11Woe to them, For they are after blood, as was the way of Cain, they run after riches, as in the error of Balaam and will perish, as in the rebellion of Korah.
12These men are blemishes at your feasts feasting with you without fear, while they serve only themselves. They are empty vessels, having no fruit in them, blown about by the wind and they are twice as dead as a tree having been pulled up by the roots. 13Living in their own shame, they are wanderers to whom darkness is reserved for them forever. 14Enoch, who was seven generations after Adam, prophesied about these men, that the Lord will come with His saints. 15To execute judgment and convict the ungodly of their deeds and of every offensive word they have spoken against the Lord.
16These people are grumblers and complainers who walk according to their own lusts, speaking eloquently and using flattery to their advantage. 17But you beloved, remember the words of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18That there will be scoffers and mockers in the last days, that walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19These people are governed entirely by their physical senses and do not have the Spirit, for they go about causing divisions.
20However, you beloved, build yourself up on your most holy faith praying in the Holy Spirit. 21Keeping yourselves in the love of God and look for the mercy of Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22When one falls, use discernment, for some of your brethren, have mercy. 23Yet others will be saved through their fear, pulling them out of the fire, yet even despising their garment that has been defiled by the flesh.
24Rejoice with your brother who is able to keep you from stumbling, that you may be presented faultless with exceeding joy before the presence of God our Savior. 25Glory and majesty be to God our Savior, whom alone is wise, having dominion and power forever and ever.