1. Introduction (1-2)
2. The Purpose for the Letter (3-4)
3. Past Examples of This Point (5-7)
4. The Character of All Such Men (8-13, 16-19)
5. Enoch's Prophecy of These Men (14-15)
6. The Christian's Responsibility (20-23)
7. Praise Offered to God (24-25)
This general letter is not addressed to anyone in particular.
It is universal in its scope, meaning that there are few times in the
history of the church in which it would not have an application. Such
men as these exist in every age and time, as the examples demonstrate.
As long as the earth stands, Satan's emissaries will be busy stirring
things up, causing strife, and leading people astray. Such men have
such a warm appeal to the multitudes that they can call black white, and
the vast majority of people will defend them no matter what they say
(and likely speak evil of their critics). Those with discerning eyes
know better than to follow their false doctrines; they suspected that
there was something suspicious about these men. God, through Jude,
gives us an accurate picture of what they are really like.
3 "Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our
common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting
you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all
delivered to the saints."
4 "For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were
marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the
grace of our God into licentiousness and deny the only Lord
God and our Lord Jesus Christ."
7 "As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar
manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual
immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an
example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."
15 The word ungodly appears four times in this verse.
22-23 Different people must be treated in different ways; we must try
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