December 8, 2021

Who are You Listening to?

Jude 1-25

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Greeting

Jude, a servant 1 of Jesus Christ and brother of James,

To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for 2 Jesus Christ:

May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

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Greeting

Jude, a servant 1 of Jesus Christ and brother of James,

To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for 2 Jesus Christ:

May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

Judgment on False Teachers

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved 3 a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day— just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, 4 serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” 10 But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. 11 Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam's error and perished in Korah's rebellion. 12 These are hidden reefs 5 at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; 13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.

14 It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, 15 to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16 These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.

A Call to Persevere

17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They 6 said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment 7 stained by the flesh.

Doxology

24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time 8 and now and forever. Amen.

Footnotes

[1] 1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
[2] 1:1 Or by
[3] 1:5 Some manuscripts although you fully knew it, that the Lord who once saved
[4] 1:7 Greek different flesh
[5] 1:12 Or are blemishes
[6] 1:18 Or Christ, because they
[7] 1:23 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin
[8] 1:25 Or before any age

Who are You Listening to?



Key Verse | Jude 21

[K]eep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

 

Bio | John Woodard

Husband to Amy. Father to four. Texas A&M Class of '98. Striving to live Philippians 2:3 every day.

Our family has been blessed by God's people and leadership at Watermark since 2005. During that time God has specifically taught me about the value of living authentically with others through biblical community and the heavenly riches available through consistently devoting myself to Him in Scripture and in prayer. Over the years, Amy and I have had the privilege to serve with the kids, marriage, and community ministries at Watermark.

Central Truth

Though there will undoubtedly be distractions from false teachers and deceitful spirits, God's truth is readily available to us.

Devotional | Jude 1-25

I spend some time on social media, and the more time I spend, the more I become aware of the various doctrines, interpretations, and teachings that exist. Some are consistent with my biblical understandings, and...

I spend some time on social media, and the more time I spend, the more I become aware of the various doctrines, interpretations, and teachings that exist. Some are consistent with my biblical understandings, and some provide contradiction.

I feel like Jude found himself in a similar situation.

"Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ." (Jude 3-4)

Jude reminds his readers that the arrival of false teachers is not surprising (Jude 17-18). Paul warned this would happen following his departure (Acts 20:28-32) and wrote to Timothy on the subject (1 Timothy 4:1-8; 2 Timothy 4:3-4). Jesus also spoke of false teachers (Matthew 7:15, 24:11).

We can identify these false teachers. Some characteristics are described in Jude 8, 12-13, 16, and 19. However, it won't always be easy. Identifying false teachers will take some effort. We are instructed in 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 and 1 John 4:1 to "test everything." This will require us to have a familiarity with God's Word (Psalm 119:11).

Followers of Christ can then "contend for the faith." This can be done individually (Jude 20-21), as well as by engaging with others. Jude references three separate situations in Jude 22-23:

1) "[H]ave mercy on those who doubt." We are to share God's great love.

2) "[S]natching them out of the fire." Sometimes we will need to be more direct in identifying actions that are contrary to God's will and in pointing out the consequences of sin.

3) "[S]how mercy with fear." Be prepared to engage with mercy toward the person, with a hatred of the sin, and with the necessary care to avoid temptation and being drawn into the sin as well.

There are many competing voices in this world, but Jesus is the truth and is available to all.

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Discussion Questions

1. Do you seek teachers who only confirm your desires?

2. Are you familiar enough with God's Word to recognize false teaching?

3. Are you prepared to engage those impacted by false teaching?

7 Comments available

Linda Green about 2 months ago

Great key verse, John- keeping “yourselves in the love of God” made me think of choosing to wrap up in a thick, warm jacket on a cold and windy day!

Your key truth- thanking God again for giving and preserving His word for us. Psalm 119:105- where would we be without it? God is good!

Love that Jude is not afraid to speak truth about very hard and divisive issues, but finishes in a glorious praise to God with encouragement to all believers that it is God who keeps us. I need that reminder every day!

Greg Jones about 2 months ago

Reading Jude and 2 Peter together you hear a relationship between the two books.

Jude9-“contending for the body Moses” either quotes or alludes to the Assumption of Moses writing. If any canonical OT scripture is cited by Jude it’s ambiguous.

Jude14-15, Jude quotes from the book of Enoch, (1Enoch1:9). Reading the whole of the book of Enoch, written post OT pre NT, I hear and see how it is influenced by Genesis and how it and other sources like it influenced Jude and other NT writers.

“I feel like Jude found himself in a similar situation.”

I agree, Genesis is a product of it’s time in history. Enoch covering Genesis is written with a later wider influence, a product of its time. Now a there’s a broader Gentile influence on Jewish traditions. I feel that’s Jude’s situation and he’s expressing his views in light of his traditional influence.

Sue Bohlin about 2 months ago

Thanks, John.

I am munching on what it means for Jesus’ half-brother Jude to write that “Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.” What a massive paradigm shift to go from unbelieving brother to calling himself a slave of Jesus and merely mentioning his connection to brother James (who by then had become a giant in the early church). Jude not only embraced the death and resurrection of his brother as his Lord and Savior, but He came to realize that it was the pre-incarnate Christ who freed their people out of slavery in Egypt and also disciplined the unbelievers. I have trouble imagining what a massive mindset change Jude must have worked on to get to the place where he could identify the hand of Yahweh–God Almighty–in the story of Israel, as his very own brother!

Hugh Stephenson about 2 months ago

Hugh Stephenson about 2 months ago

2 of 3

On eternal fire I would use this form the ESV SB Notes on Jude 1:7.

“The Analogy of Sodom and Gomorrah. As with the unfaithful Israelites and the rebellious angels (vv. 5–6), so also the people of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19) received the judgment of eternal fire. Smoke was still rising from the site of Sodom and Gomorrah in the first century A.D. (see Philo, On Abraham 141; Philo, Life of Moses 2.56; Wisdom of Solomon 10:7), and this was taken as a physical symbol of eternal divine judgment.” (ESV SB Notes on Jude 1:7)

The event was in 1900 BC.

HOWEVER…

Amy, (Proverbs 31), reminds me that “Good relationships are not efficient”.

The truth is in Jude 1:22-23.

As I heard in a message once, (paraphrasing), “Live a life that is so Christ filled that people come up to you and demand an explanation”.

Hugh Stephenson about 2 months ago

GM John. Love your devo on this short but powerful book. Love your pull of Jude 1:22-23.

In reading this book I came to wonder – what was it like to grow up with the only-perfect-person -who-ever-lived as your big brother?

Always made His bed, did His chores, cleaned His room, did His homework etc.

How annoying! Sort of like a divine Ferris Buehler? No wonder they did not initially believe in Him.

Or…did many people ask, “He seems so joy filled and at ease. So loving. What does he have that I don’t? I want me some of that. That peace/joy thing.

Fairly often I encounter someone who has really bad information. My flesh wants to argue and debate them until I wear them down to my, (clearly superior), position. This is a way more efficient way to relate.

Michael Scaman about 2 months ago

Jude is concerned with both orthodoxy (right facts about God) and orthoproxy (right living before God). Jude might even say more about right living one than the right doctrine.

Walk through the Bible has a picture of someone dressed for Judo on the card for the book of Jude as a reminder of Jude 3. ‘contend earnestly for the faith that was delivered up once and for all’. All essentials delivered to the apostles, no new essential doctrines for salvation to be ‘discovered’.

Challenges from false teachers in the book but also a promise at the end that Jesus is able to keep you in Jude 24.

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