Summary of passage: Jude writes in warning, concerned about the faith as it is under attack by certain, godless men who have slipped in among them and who deny Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Jude reminds them that the Lord destroyed those who didn’t believe after the Exodus; He imprisoned angels who abandoned their home; He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for sexual immorality.
These men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand. They pollute their own bodies, reject authority, and slander celestial beings. Woe to them! They are selfish (Cain), greedy (Balaam), and rebellious (Korah). These men are blemishes and shameless.
Enoch warned of these men. They are grumblers, faultfinders, follow their own evil desires, boasters, and flatters. The apostles prophesied of these men as well.
So build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourself in God’s love as you wait for eternal life. Be merciful to doubters; save others from the fire; show mercy to others.
Glory be to God forever!
11) Jude is writing to urge others to contend for the faith and to beware of certain men (false teachers) who are slipping in amongst them and trying to lead them astray.
Peter writes as a reminder to stimulate his readers to wholesome thinking and to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the commands given by God through the apostles. To warn them that scoffers (false teachers) will come and try to place doubt in your mind about the Lord but you must remember to have patience for the End Times for God’s time is not human time and He is patient with man, allowing everyone time to come to repentance. God created the world and He will judge it as well.
The reasons are the same and Jude quotes almost word for word Peter’s letter at times.
12) The Lord delivered His people out of Egypt but later destroyed those who didn’t believe (lack of faith and trust in God).
Angels who abandoned their positions of authority and their own home the Lord now keeps chained for judgement day. The sin was some kind of sexual sin (harking back to Genesis 6:1-2) as indicated by the words “in a similar way” in verse 7.
Sodom and Gomorrah sinned with sexual immorality and perversion.
13a) They pollute their own bodies, reject authority, and slander celestial beings and speak abusively against whatever they don’t understand, selfishness of Cain, greed of Balaam, and rebelliousness of Korah, and good for nothing.
b) Blackest darkness (hell); forever
14) Personal Question. My answer: I see verse 16 everywhere in every facet of life. Pure selfishness motivated by greed and self-aggrandizement, pure and simple. Those who do not have God. I can speak the Truth in these people’s lives and pray for them.
15a) Personal Question. My answer: Family members for all of these and others whom I encounter. Shine the light of Jesus into their lives the best I can.
b) Try to save those whom I see heading down the wrong path by revealing Jesus to them.
c) Do not judge for they do not know. Try to impart knowledge to them. Pray. Forgive those in our lives whom we don’t want to (who amongst us doesn’t have one of those people in our lives?) and love them as our neighbor.
All of these: pray and give my knowledge. Model a Godly life. Then allow God to do the rest.
Conclusions: It seems the redundancy in these passages continues. Remember in grade school where your teacher constantly said, “Don’t copy off of others! Don’t cheat! Do your own work!” Jude must have missed that message. Despite echoing Peter’s second letter (and ignoring his grade school teachers-ha!), this was a great synopsis of false teachers and the danger they pose.
The last question I thought could have been just one question and not broken up into a, b, and c for my answers are the same. a and c are virtually the same (and they should be because we should not treat believers and unbelievers differently. We are called to show mercy to all). For “God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation” (Acts 10:34-35); hence, the Gentiles (those who are non-Jewish (me)) were accepted into the Body of Christ.
I liked Jude’s encouraging words the best “Build yourself up in faith, pray in the Holy Spirit, and keep yourself in God’s love.”