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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Jude Chapter 1

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Jude
Date Penned: (65 AD)
Overview: Jude Encourages the Church (c 1)
Theme: Fighting for Truth (c 1)
Message: Jude Warns of Apostasy  (v 1-25)

Jude 1 Commentary

(1:1-2) Greetings from Jude - Jude’s letter focuses on “apostasy”—when people turn away from God’s truth and embrace false teachings. Jude reminded his readers of God’s judgment on those who had left the faith in the past. This letter warns against false teachers—in this case, probably those who were promoting an early form of Gnosticism. Gnostics opposed two of the basic tenets of Christianity—the incarnation of Christ and the call to Christian ethics. Jude wrote to combat these false teachings and to encourage true doctrine and right conduct.

(1:3-16) The Danger of False Teachers - Jude called the believers to action, to defend the faith, calling for hard work, diligent study, willingness to stand against society’s desire to water down the gospel, speaking up for the truth and bearing the burden of interpreting the timeless truth to a changing society. The believers could not (and would never be able to) sit back and idly enjoy the mercy, peace, and love of their faith (1:2). Rather, their Christian faith must be defended against the onslaught of false teaching.

(1:17-23) A Call to Remain Faithful - The audience to whom Jude wrote was vulnerable to heresies and to temptations toward immoral living. Jude encouraged the believers to remain firm in their faith and trust in God’s promises for their future. This was vital because they were living during a time of increased disloyalty to the faith. We too are living in the last days, much closer to the end than were the original readers of this letter. We, too, are vulnerable to doctrinal error. We too are tempted to give in to sin. Although there is much false teaching around us, we need not be afraid or give up in despair—God can keep us from falling, and he guarantees that if we remain faithful, he will bring us into his presence and give us everlasting joy.

(1:24-25) A Prayer of Praise - As the letter began, so it ended—with assurance. In this great doxology, Jude stressed the mighty power of God to keep us securely in him.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Having Compassion

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Start the book of Jude with Chapter 1 and today we see Jude reminding us of the danger of false teachers and the duty to fight for God's truth. I love verse 22 that says and on some, have compassion, making a difference. and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire... In making application we see that we are to focus on those around us, seeing their need, and sharing the Gospel to where people are living. How about you? Do you have compassion toward others? Let us learn from out text today to see that we are to have compassion toward others as it will make a difference in other peoples lives as we are to reach them with the Gospel while we have an oppritunity.


Jude 1

Jude 1

 1Jude, 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:

 2Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

 3Beloved, 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 saints.

 4For 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 Christ.

 5I 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.

 6And 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.

 7Even 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.

 8Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

 9Yet 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.

 10But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

 11Woe 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.

 12These 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;

 13Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

 14And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

 15To 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 him.

 16These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.

 17But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

 18How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

 19These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

 20But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

 21Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

 22And of some have compassion, making a difference:

 23And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

 24Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

 25To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.