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#503

The corruption of that which is the most excellent is the worst corruption.

JUDE, Verses 1-13

It would seem that Jude is the same person as Judas, the apostle (Luke 6:16 and John 14:22), and as Lebbaeus or Thaddaeus (Matt. 10:3 and Acts 1:13).

Jude 3-4 Jude had wanted to write about the joys of being a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, but because ungodly men had crept in amongst them, instead he had to write a serious warning to beware! Jude, the writer, has to go back to the first principles of the faith. Our western world once was truly a Christian area, but it has mostly given up the truth of Christianity. However God is still holding back the evil. After we are gone it will come in like a tidal wave (2 Thess. 2:7-8). But "the mystery of iniquity doth already work". In Peter's Epistles, it was in the world... in John's it is seen as going out of the assemblies (1 John 2:19)... in Jude it is coming in to what professes to be the "church". (We need Jude's Epistle right now, because many of our readers are not conscious of the evil teachings to which they are exposing themselves. Read carefully the 4th verse. Were they aware of what was creeping in?)

Jude 5-13 Four groups are described here, as examples of apostacy - (this means "giving up the truth they once held")... (1) Those who came out of Egypt, yet never reached the promised land... (2) Angels who gave up their former position... (3) People of Sodom and Gomorrah... went back into immorality.... (4) Those who were stealing in amongst the believers.

#504

Beware of the "IF's" of the Devil.

JUDE, Verses 14-25

Jude 14-15 These two verses should cause us to bow our head in wonder and praise to God... Three men are involved... Enoch, Moses and Jude. Approximately 1,100 years were between the first two, and 1,300 years between the latter two. Not one unsaved person will escape. Nothing was recorded of what Enoch said before Moses wrote the book of Genesis. Secondly, nothing is written in the Old Testament concerning these statements when Jude wrote his Epistle! (letter). So Jude writes that Enoch had prophesied of the judgment of the ungodly when the Lord Jesus comes with ten thousand of His saints! Events around us today (about 2,400 years later) are shaping up quickly so that we are living in the very last days. Always remember that these events will take place 7 years (or close to 7) after we believers are caught up to be with the Lord forever.

Jude 18 Mockers today? You answer that!

Jude 20-25 Wonderful contrast for the believer! His responsibility is.... building - praying - keeping - looking.

 

by Norman Berry - 1911-2001
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