Verse 1 – Jude a servant of Jesus Christ, and brother James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ:
(Jude was a brother of James, who was one of the great leaders in the early church. Both of these men were Jesus’ half brothers.)
Verse 2 – Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.
Verse 3 – Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which once for all delivered to the saints.
Verse 4 – For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Those who twist the Scriptures to match their own opinions, are playing with fire. They are counting on the congregation not knowing the Scriptures and fall for their way of thinking. Many of these teachers were teaching that people could do and live any way they wanted and never suffer the consequences or fear of God’s punishment. Even today, Christians minimize the sinfulness of their sin, believing that how they live has little to do with their faith. But what a person truly believes will show up in how he or she acts.
Verse 5 – But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.
Verse 6 – And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own habitation, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day;
Verse 7 – as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Yes, Jude is talking about false teachers, but look who else he mentions in punishment. All unbelievers, all angels that fell with Satan, and all those that who have given over to sexual immorality – strange flesh.
Many people don’t believe that a loving God will sentence people to “eternal fire.” However, what they fail to realize is that it’s all through Scripture. If a person chooses to live ungodly, they have eternal darkness and fire to look forward to. Their choice!
Verse 8 – Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries.
These false teachers “defiled the flesh,” meaning, they resembled the inhabitants of Sodom; they practiced the same things. Don’t ever let people try and convince you that God approves of homosexuality, becasue He doesn’t. Sin is sin in the Old Testament and the New, and we all know it goes agaisnt nature and God’s Word.
Verse 9 – Yet Michael, the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
Verse 10 – But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves.
Beware of those who claim to have all the answers and belittle what they don’t understand.
Verse 11 – Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
Cain murdered his brother Able out of jealousy; Balaam, prophesied out of greed, not obedience to God; and Korah, rebelled agaisnt God’s divinely appointed leaders, wanting the power himself. All three examples were illustrations of false teachers – pride, selfishness, jealousy, greed, lust for power, and disregard for God’s will.
Verse 12 – These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves; they are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots;
Verse 13 – raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
Do you get the jest of how dangerous it is to teach doctrine that is in error for one’s own gain, or to preach one thing and live another way?
Verse 14 – Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousand of His saints,
Verse 15 – “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.”
Verse 16 – These are murmurers, complainers, walking according to their own lust; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.
Have you known people who complain about everything? When people complain they are showing us what they really think of God’s ability to satisfy their wants and needs. They have no contentment in life. This is not the characteristic of a true believer!
Verse 17 – But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Verse 18 – how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.
Verse 19 – These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.
Causing divisions within the body of Christ, because of false teachings.
Verse 20 – But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
Verse 21 – Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Verse 22 – And on some have compassion, making a distinction;
Verse 23 – but others save with fear, pulling them out of fire, hating even the garment defiled by flesh.
Some will be saved with tenderness and kind words, showing them, with compassion, how much they are loved. Others will have to be told the harsh realities of what they are believing and doing, is going to end them in hell. (As far as “hating their garments defiled by flesh, I have no clue what that means.)
Verse 24 – Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
Verse 25 – To God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.
The dangers of being tempted or led astray grow thinner and bleaker the more we know Christ. We are to stay in His word, watch, and pray!