NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY

Compiled by: Gary W. Summers


   

JUDE

OUTLINE
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)
BACKGROUND
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.
KEY VERSES
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 to discern.

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