The main topic of Jude, the half-brother of the Lord Jesus, is to beware of false teachers. He explains the reason and gives their characteristics.
C1 Can teach close to orthodox but live secret lives ruining some believers. Think of molesters and sexual predators.
C2 Can teach a passage but interpret it differently than the plain, normal sense. They spiritualize, allegorize, redefine, explain away, use reams of paper to mold us to their personal view (eisegesis), etc.
D1 Since Yahweh is omnipotent and omnisapient, He communicates perfectly. What He says or records in Scriptures is the truth. If it is to be symbolic, it will be recorded as such.
D2 We need to read the Scripture as, “What does this passage mean?” Many read and interpret Scripture as, “What is this saying to me?”
C3 Have a goal for power, money, and sex. Sometimes just one goal, sometimes two, or sometimes all three.
Jude 1:3-4 WEL Beloved, I was in the process of promptly writing to you about our common salvation, when I had to write to you and exhort you that you must passionately defend the faith which was once for all [time] committed to the saints.
4 For certain people slipped in unnoticed who were written about in advance for condemnation, ungodly people, changing the grace of our God into a lack of moral restraint and disowning the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
C1 Passionately defend the faith.
D1 The Greek word for passionately is ἐπαγωνίζομαι epagōnízomai. It means to be intensely motivated and giving effort to preserve truth and expose evil.
D2 For this type of contention we need the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-18).
C2 The faith here in context and similar usage in the NT refers to the Gospel, doctrines, worldview, and lifestyle of God and His kingdom. It is the whole of Christian faith as taught by the Lord Jesus and His apostles and prophets.
D1 A false Gospel (Galatians 1:7-8).
D2 A false Gospel of faith plus various manmade rules necessary to be saved as in Colossians 2:4-8.
C3 Note that they slip in, that is, they do not openly disclose what they really believe and who they really are.
C4 We have been warned by the former prophets and prophetesses.
D1 Compare 2 Peter 3:17.
D2 See also Matthew 7:15, Matthew 10:17, Matthew 16:6.
D3 And Jeremiah 29:8, Matthew 24:5, 24:11, and 24:24.
C5 They change God’s grace into a lack of moral restraint. Some possibilities are
D1 Since we are saved, we have freedom. An excuse has been used of “I can do all things through Christ.” They selectively isolate the passage from the context. Romans 6:1 NET What shall we say then? Are we to remain in sin so that grace may increase?
D2 They excuse their hard conscience by keeping everything secret. For example, Ezekiel 8:8-9, 12-13 NET He said to me, “Son of man, dig into the wall.” So I dug into the wall and discovered a doorway. 9 He said to me, “Go in and see the evil abominations they are practicing here.” … 12 He said to me, “Do you see, son of man, what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the dark, each in the chamber of his idolatrous images? For they think, ‘The LORD does not see us! The LORD has abandoned the land!'” 13 He said to me, “You will see them practicing even greater abominations!“
D3 They feel no guilt. “I am a woman of faith. God loves me.” (I actually heard this once). Proverbs 30:20 NKJV This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth, and says, “I have done no wickedness.”
D1 That He is Lord: 1 John 2:22 NKJV Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.
D2 Abandoning the faith: See 2 Peter 2:1, Matthew 10:33; 1 Timothy 5:8.
D3 The way they live is ungodly, thus, denying Jesus being Lord. These do not obey His commandments, because they do not love Him as shown in their actions. Titus 1:16 NKJV They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.
Jude 1:5-7 states that God has punished in the past, and He WILL punish in the future. It is a warning to each and all.
Jude 1:8-14 teaches us
D1 These are those who have trances, dreams of “revelation,” visions, etc.
D2 Another translation: Jude 1:8 NASB Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties.
D3 The Greek word is ἐνυπνιάζομαι enypniázomai. It is defined as dreams
E1 Vocabulary of The Greek Testament: The importance attached to temple visions and dreams in Egypt
E2 These teachers claim that God has revealed things to them via dreams. The message consists of 3 things that these false teachers claim God revealed, that is, defiling the flesh, rejecting authority, and revile (literally blaspheme angelic beings).
E3 Some understand dreams to refer to literal, revelatory dreams, or the dream world of unreality, or delusions, or lying about having dreams to give their teachings credibility.
C2 Jude 1:11 WEL Woe to them! For they followed the way of Cain, ran greedily after the error of Balaam, and were destroyed in the wicked challenge of Korah.
D1 An attitude of rebellion
D2 A lusting for power, control, and money
C3 A love feast is the fellowship meal associated with the Lord’s Supper.
C4 Note how these teachers have no morals, no guilt, no concern for anything or anyone but themselves.
C5 We must avoid these types, put them out of church, and warn people of them. That is part of contending for the faith.
C6 These people are totally void of any fruit or characteristic of God. They are twice dead, that is, completely dead.
C7 They have no shame in what they do or say. Even if they know it is wrong, they do not care. Romans 1:32 NET Although they fully know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them.
C8 They have a booked reservation for blackness, that is, not light, no comfort, no peace, no rest for eternity. Matthew 25:30 BSB and throw that worthless servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
C9 The Lord Jesus will return and judge. Note, He comes with His saints.
Christ comes to judge
C1 He is judge and will judge.
D1 John 5:22 LEB For the Father does not judge anyone, but he has given all judgment to the Son,
D2 Hebrews 10:27 GW All that is left is a terrifying wait for judgment and a raging fire that will consume God’s enemies.
D3 Revelation 20:15 LEB and if anyone was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
C2 These people are described as
D1 Having ungodly actions, so break all the 10 Commandments in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds. So stubborn are they. Compare: Revelation 16:11 ULB They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pain and sores, and they still refused to repent of what they had done.
D2 Verbal abusers, false accusers, blasphemers, gas lighting bastards, etc.
D3 Complainers, that is, about God’s way of life, worldview, beliefs, decisions, etc.
D4 Find fault, that is, their way is true and everything else is false.
D5 Follow their own desires instead of God’s desires. Is this following our heart?
D6 Are arrogant.
D7 Are flatters, love bombers, etc. to influence and control others.
D8 They mock God, His promises, prophecy, etc.
D9 They cause divisions, that is, pitting people against each other. They enjoy such activity, then they offer to solve the problem. Their solutions are poison.
D10 They hate spiritual things as prayer, reading & studying the Bible, fellowship, etc. unless it gives them prestige.
The proper response
C1 Grow in the faith. We do this by studying and reading the Bible, praying, fellowshipping, etc.
C2 We are to remain in God’s love. Compare Jude 1:6 those who did not keep.
C3 We are to be concerned for each other’s faith. We want all believers to stay true, steadfast, and faithful to the end.
C4 Doubting is not a sin. It is an opportunity to search for the truth. We have a reasonable faith.
C5 Some of the believers might fall into sin. We must go to them and plead their precarious position and actions whether doctrinally or lifestyle.
God protective ability
C1 He is able
C2 He wants to protect us
C3 He wants to present us as being blameless with JOY!!
C4 Praise God!!!!!
Jude 1:25 WEL to the only wise God our Savior, [be] glory, majesty, supremacy, and complete authority, both now and forever. Amen
1 Year Bible—Jude
Jude, False Teachers, Contending for Faith
Published by Choco on 4 Mar 20