Jude was the brother of Jesus Christ. But it is significant that he
calls himself the brother of James. Jude wants everyone to know that, though
he is a half-brother to Jesus Christ through his mother Mary, he considers
himself to be a servant of Jesus. I’m sure there were those who tried to
idolize him for being the brother of Jesus Christ. If he had the character
of someone like Benny Hinn, he would have written “Jude, the brother of
Jesus Christ.” I’m sure if Benny could trace his roots back to Christ he
would use that information to get support for himself and power over people.
But Jude does just the opposite. He calls himself the servant of Jesus
He is addressing this letter to those who have been called and who are
loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ. So he is addressing this
letter to Christians. God has called every true believer.
Rom. 8:28-30 And we know that in all things God works for the good of
those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness
of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified;
those he justified, he also glorified.
Notice the pattern here. God foreknew us from eternity and also foreknew
we would trust in Him for our salvation to the end. Because of that He
predestined us. He then called us and we responded in faith. When we responded
in faith He justified us, and He will glorify us in eternity. But there
are those who act like they are believers but have not been foreknown of
God, nor have they been predestined, called, justified or glorfied.
Matt. 7:21-23 "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter
the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who
is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not
prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many
miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away
from me, you evildoers!'
It is hard to tell the difference between the saved and unsaved, but Jude
goes on to spell out the difference so we can see it. There are those who
have never been saved though they acted like they were believers. There
are also those who believe for awhile but they wander away from the faith.
Luke 8:13-14 Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with
joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while,
but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among
thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are
choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.
James 5:19-20 My brothers,
if one of you should wander from the truth
and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner
from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude
1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced
themselves with many griefs.
1 Timothy 6:20-21 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care.
away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called
knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered
from the faith. Grace be with you.
1 Timothy 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will
abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
2 Timothy 2:17-18 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them
are Hymenaeus and Philetus,
who have wandered away from the truth.
They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy
the faith of some.
2 Peter 2:15 They have left the straight way and wandered off to
follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness.
God knows who is saved because He foreknew everyone and everything from
eternity past. Therefore He knows whom He has predestined, called, justified
and glorified. But there is also the human perspective. We cannot know
the final salvation of anyone. Therefore we must continue to believe, continue
in the faith, and not wander away--because if we wander away we can be
destroyed. So we must look at the subject of faith from a perspective of
space and time in which we live. We must hold, keep, and persevere in our
faith till the end. Those who stand in their Faith are those who share
in God’s mercy, peace and love.
Vs. 3-4 Dear friends, although I was very eager
to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and
urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the
saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have
secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace
of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only
Sovereign and Lord.
Jude wanted to write about the gospel of salvation and all the blessings
we share as believers. But he was impressed by the Lord to write a warning
and admonishment instead. There is a time to rejoice and a time to admonish
Ecc. 3:1-8 There is a time for everything, and a season for every
activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time
to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time
to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a
time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time
to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search
and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to
speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time
1 Corinthians 4:14 I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn
you, as my dear children.
Ezekiel 3:21 But if you do warn the righteous man not to sin and
he does not sin, he will surely live because he took warning, and you will
have saved yourself."
Psalms 81:8 "Hear, O my people, and I will warn you— if you would
but listen to me, O Israel!
What is the warning? What is the admonishment? To contend for the faith
once for all delivered to the saints! Who delivered this faith? The
prophets, the Apostles, and most importantly the object of our faith, Jesus
Christ. We must stay in those teachings that are the foundation of our
faith. We cannot build on any other foundation, and a new foundation cannot
be laid. If we do not contend (fight) for that Faith, we can lose faith.
The Bible is full of verses that say we need to hold, keep, persevere and
overcome by faith.
Hebrews 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone
through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the
faith we profess.
2 Timothy 1:13 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound
teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 4:16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in
them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
1 John 5:4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is
the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
But condemned men have slipped in. Today we have wolves among the sheep
that don’t just fool sheep--they eat sheep.
Matthew 7:15 "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s
clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
Acts 20:29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in
among you and will not spare the flock.
Unregenerate people who claim to be saved but are not have slipped into
the churches and our homes through TV. They are very good at looking like
they are believers and they freely use the name of Jesus. They make big
prayers and can look very holy in their actions. But their false doctrines
and false prophecies betray who they really are. They are not sheep that
follow the Shepherd. They are wolves that follow their own path, or worse
they follow the enemy.
Matthew 13:38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the
sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one,
Remember that the weeds grow up beside the wheat, the good seed. They act
like they are wheat, but you can tell they are weeds by their teachings,
prophecies and lack of the fruit of the Spirit.
Jude says they are godless men. Though they claim to worship Jesus Christ,
their gods are of their own making – money and fame. They worship at the
altar of power instead of humbly submitting to the Lord Jesus Christ. They
use His name to their own ends. They make themselves famous and rich by
seducing weak-willed Christians into following them.
2 Timothy 3:6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and
gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins
and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires,
When a desire for power or some kind of ecstatic experience take precedence
over a relationship with Jesus Christ, that is evil. Our reason for following
the Lord is not so He can make us feel like we are drunk or high, or to
give us power over others. Our reason to follow Him is because we are being
crucified with Him daily to those kinds of evil desires of the flesh.
Galatians 5:24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the
sinful nature with its passions and desires.
These false teachers change the freedom from the Law of Moses that we have
because of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ for immorality. They make
freedom in Christ a license to sin. Immorality means to not be moral, to
do whatever we want and to no longer obey the Lord Jesus Christ. It means
not following God's commands, His Word. We must still obey the Lord Jesus
Christ. His Law is now written on our hearts. Because we are freed from
observing the whole Law of Moses in order to be saved, since we are now
saved only by the grace of Jesus Christ through faith, we are now to obey
the Holy Spirit who lives in us. We must not trade that grace away by trying
to do the works of the Law. On the other hand, we must not live a life
against the law of grace and the Holy Spirit.
Denying Jesus Christ: When a false gospel is preached, Christ
is denied. When you just preach, “Decide for Jesus and come forward” you
are not preaching the Gospel. But worse than easy believism, Third Wave
teachers have people come forward so they can get you under their control.
They do “slain in the Spirit” which is not biblical. Thus even if a person
hears enough of the Gospel to be saved, the birds come and pick up the
seed. One of the most dangerous times is right when a person is almost
ready to believe.
Luke 8:5 A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the
seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of
the air ate it up.
2 Peter 2:18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing
to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who
are just escaping from those who live in error.
They preach a gospel like this: “God loves you. Just say, “yes” to Jesus
and He will forgive all your mistakes, past, present and future. Come forward
and receive Jesus Christ.” Nothing is mentioned about man’s sin condition,
why Jesus Christ had to come and is the perfect sacrifice, repentance,
the crucified life, etc. This kind of “gospel” does not have the power
to save. They are empty, boastful words without real salvation power.
Rom. 16:17-18 I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause
divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching
you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving
our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they
deceive the minds of naive people.
People are often deceived into thinking big TV evangelists are true believers
because they talk about Jesus and do slain in the spirit. But this is not
true Christianity. They are smooth talkers and they flatter people with
things they want to hear, tickling their ears with the promise of health,
wealth and power.
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when men will not put up with
sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around
them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to