The Books of the New Testament
The Book of Jude
Brief Summary. The apostle Jude denounces
apostasy and corruption, and he contends for the faith that is once and for all
delivered unto the saints.
Greek: louda, Jude
Author: Jude the
half brother of James.
Christians in general
Contending for the faith in view of Christ's coming.
Contend for the Faith Against Apostasy. Exposing false teachers and uses Old
Testament allusions to demonstrate the judgment upon them. Contend for the
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Jude. "THIS epistle is styled (as are some few others) general or
Catholic, because it is not immediately directed to any particular person,
family, or church, but to the whole society of Christians of that time, lately
converted to the faith of Christ, whether from Judaism or paganism: and it is,
and will be, of standing, lasting, and special use in and to the church as long
as Christianity, that is, as time, shall last. The general scope of it is much
the same with that of the of the second epistle of Peter, which having been
already explained, the less will need to be said on this. It is designed to warn
us against seducers and their seduction, to inspire us with a warm love to, and
a hearty concern for, truth (evident and important truth), and that in the
closest conjunction with holiness, of which charity, or sincere unbiased
brotherly-love, is a most essential character and inseparable branch. The truth
we are to hold fast, and endeavour that others may be acquainted with and not
depart from, has two special characters:--It is the truth as it is in Jesus
(Ephesians 4:21; and it is truth after (or which is according to) godliness,
Titus 1:1. The gospel is the gospel of Christ. He has revealed it to us, and he
is the main subject of it; and therefore we are indispensably bound to learn
thence all we can of his person, natures, and offices: indifference as to this
is inexcusable in any who call themselves Christians; and we know from what
fountain we are wholly and solely to draw all necessary saving knowledge.
Further, it is also a doctrine of godliness. Whatever doctrines favour the
corrupt lusts of men cannot be of God, let the pleas and pretensions for them be
what they will. Errors dangerous to the souls of men soon sprang up in the
church. The servants slept and tares were sown. But such were the wisdom and
kindness of Providence that they began sensibly to appear and show themselves,
while some, at least, of the apostles were yet alive to confute them, and warn
others against them. We are apt to think, If we had lived in their times, we
should have been abundantly fenced against the attempts and artifices of
seducers; but we have their testimony and their cautions, which is sufficient;
and, if we will not believe their writings, neither should we have believed or
regarded their sayings, if we had lived among them and conversed personally with
them." - Matthew Henry (Read
Outline of the Book of Jude (Scriptures and Topics Covered)
Description and Fate of False Teachers - 1:1-16
Encouragement to Believers in Christ - 1:17-25
Questions for further study.
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What does it mean to contend for the faith?
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Why expose a false teacher?
What is the second coming?
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How does the Book of Jude encourage believers?
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