Contending for the Faith

Points of Interest in Jude

The believer’s position in Christ:

    - Sanctified by God

    - Set apart and dear to Him

    - Preserved in Jesus Christ

    - Called

Jude 1:3-6 gives the reason for the writing of this book. It says, “Earnestly contend for the faith.” Why should we do this? “Because some men have sneaked into the church unnoticed.” They are ungodly. They abuse the grace of God (See Rom 6) and they deny or disown our only Master & Lord Jesus Christ. As it was then, so it is now.

 

The Sin and Destiny of Godless Men

In Jude 1:5-7, we have some historical instances of apostasy:

    - Israel and their unbelief.

    - Fallen angels and their rebellion/disobedience (see Jude 1:6).

    - Sodom & Gomorrah and moral defilement/uncleanness (see Jude 1:7).

These examples give us a clear definition of apostasy.

Jude 1:8 gives a description of apostate teachers. These modern men are like the apostates of history. They pollute human nature, set authority at naught, and set at naught heavenly beings.

Jude 1:9-10 gives a warning against speaking evil of those in authority.

Jude 1:11 shows the way of Cain as self righteous and willful. It also mentions the error of Balaam, which was greed, and the rebellion of Korah, which was presumption. 

Jude 1:12 gives further description of these godless men. They are rainless clouds, fruitless trees, raging waves, and stars that follow no orbit.

Jude 1:13-15 shows that there will be an end to these men.

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