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The Book of Jude
I will do the Jude Commentary similar to my other Commentaries . . . in that I will bring the verse or verses in the KJV, followed by what it is saying to me. What I write will be a personal comment, it is NOT Scripture.
"Jude" is the English form of the name Judas. In the New Testament, there are three men who have the name Judas, but I feel sure the writer of this Letter is the half-brother of the Lord Jesus Christ.
"The servant of Jesus Christ." The word servant is literally "bond slave." Jude claims no blood relationship with the Lord Jesus for that would give him a superior position. That Jude does not claim relationship to the Lord Jesus may be explained by the fact that in his mind, he would be far inferior (Luke 11:27-28).
"The brother of James," is the way Jude identifies himself. Both James and Jude were half-brothers of the Lord Jesus, and James was the writer of the Letter which bears his name. He was mentioned by the apostle Paul as one of the pillars in the church at Jerusalem Acts 21:18-19).
Jude, a bondslave of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who by God the Father have been loved and are the permanent objects of His love, and who for Jesus Christ have been guarded and are in a permanent state of being carefully watched, to those who are the called ones.
What This Letter Is About
Jude wrote the letter to warn his readers against false teachers. These teachers claimed to be Christians. But they were being a great danger to the faith.
In the first three verses, Jude gives the reason for his writing this letter. Jude will tell us that he intended to write on some theme of our salvation, but the Spirit of God put up a red warning sign and instructed him to call attention to the days of apostasy which would be coming upon the church.
See our many articles on Apostasy: . . . http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_an_apostate_world.1.htm
Assurance For Believers . . . 1:1-2
Jude 1:1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: (KJV)
Jude mentions things in 3's . . . here it is sanctified, preserved and called. Other examples are in verses Jude 2, 4, 5-7, 8 and 11.
"To them that are sanctifed by God the father" . . . many think that "are loved" is more accurate than "are sanctified," for it makes it a little more precious to our hearts to know that we are loved or beloved by God the Father. But I have no problem with are sanctified. Sanctified means to be set apart for god, and if we are set apart for God, we ARE loved!
This is a wonderful passage of Scripture. We are loved by God the Father and preserved for Jesus Christ.
There are several words I would like to discuss. The first word is "preserved." This word is the key to the little Book of Jude, which signifies the apostasy as it is presented nowhere else in Scripture. Apostasy is a terrible and frightful thing!
But Jude does not write just to scare us. He writes to give this background in order that he might give them and us assurance in days of apostasy. They are kept in Jesus Christ . . . God is the one who keeps them. In Jude 1:21 says "keep yourselves in the love of God"; and Jude 1:24 says "now unto him that is able to keep you from falling." You may call it anything you want to, but it gives assurance of salvation to the believer even in the dark days of apostasy.
We are presently living in the apostasy. How much farther we will go into it before the Rapture, only God Himself knows (Mat.24:36). But we definitely are in times of apostasy. . . . http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_an_apostate_world.1.htm
The apostle John tells us in Revelation 12:11 that "...they overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb...", and that is the only way believers are going to make it through the Great Tribulation. I do not believe that TRUE believers will go through the Great Tribulation (Rev.3:10; Phil.3:20; John 5:24; 1 Thes.1:10; 5:9).
Today, the only way we are going to overcome (1 John 5:4-5) . . . is by the Blood of the Lamb (1 Pet. 1:18-19). There is NO merit or power in us to overcome that Wicked One (2 Thes. 2:8).
John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. (KJV)
John 10:27-29 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. (KJV) . . . IF a sheep is kept in safety, it is NO credit to the sheep. Sheep are SO defenseless! A sheep cannot defend itself. It does not have sharp fangs or claws to fight its enemy; neither can it run. A rabbit can't defend itself either, but a rabbit can run away from trouble. A sheep is helpless.
When one of God's sheep says that he knows he is saved (John 20:31; 1 John 5:13), he is NOT boasting of his own merit; he is boasting of his Shepherd.
Christ Jesus is a wonderful Shepherd. My friend, if you are saying that you are not sure of your salvation, you really are saying that your Shepherd cannot keep you. Jesus says that NO one is able to take you out of His Father's Hand, not even the powerful devil! It is NOT a question of whether you can hold on to Him . . . it is a question of Jesus holding on to you. He says that He can . . . do you trust Him?
Salvation rests upon the Word of God. It is up to you whether you will believe Him or not. Your assurance of salvation rests upon that because He has made it very clear that you have a sure salvation. Check out the following Passages of Scripture on our Assurance: John 7:17; 14:20; 20:31; Rom.8:38-39; 5:1-2; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil.1:6; Col. 2:2; 1 Thes.1:5; 2 Tim.1:12; 3:14; 4:8; Heb.10:22; 10:34; 1 John 2:3; 3:19,24; 4:13; 5:10,13. God does not Lie!
Jude presents us with the dark days of apostasy, but God still says that He is able to keep His own.
"And called" . . . not only are we preserved in Jesus Christ, safe in Him, but we are also called. The word called, as it is used in Scripture, is not only an invitation that is sent out, but it is an invitation that is sent out and accepted and made real because of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor.1:22-24 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. (KJV)
My friend, IF you have found in Christ the wisdom and power of God and you have trusted Him, you are one of "the called." The invitation is sent out, and when it is accepted and believed, then you are the called. That is exactly what Jude means here, and Paul tells us the same thing as well.
Jude likes to put ideas in threes. (Other examples are in verses Jude 2, 4, 5-7, 8 and 11.)
God has called them. God calls people to serve him in the same way as He called Israel (Isaiah 42:6). To serve Him is a responsibility. It is also an honor, like an invitation to a special party. God is saying, ‘Be my guest!’
God loves them. God’s love protects them and also gives them inner strength every day.
God is keeping them for Jesus Christ. Whatever happens, God will keep them in safety until Jesus comes again (Phil.1:6; 1 Pet.1:4).
Jude 1:2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. (KJV)
Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied . . . again, 3 topics. This is not the same form of salutation used by the other writers, but it equally expresses an earnest desire for their welfare. Mercy, grace and love are the choicest blessings which could be conferred on them by God! Mercy . . . in the pardon of all their sins and acceptance with God; peace . . . with God, with their fellow-men, in their own consciences, and in the prospect of death; and love . . . to God, to the brethren, and all people. What blessings are there which these do not include?
Apostasy . . . 1:3
Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (KJV)
Beloved . . . an expression of strong affection used by the apostles when addressing their brethren (Rom.1:7; 1 Cor. 4:14, 10:14; 15:58, 2 Cor.7:1; 12:19, Phil.2:12; 4:1; and elsewhere).
When I gave all diligence . . . when I applied my mind earnestly; implying that Jude had reflected on the subject, and thought that it would be desirable to write to them about it.
The mental process which led to writing the epistle seems to have been this: #1. For some reasons, mainly from his strong affection for them, he purposed to write to them. #2. The general subject on which he would write was, something pertaining to the common salvation, for he and they were Christians. #3. The particular thing pertaining to this common salvation, he felt that in view of their particular dangers, it should be a warning to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to them.
Jude writes to them of the common salvation . . . which is the one and only, salvation through Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) common to Jews and Gentiles, and to all who bore the Christian name. He is not writing to a particular class or party, but on some subject in which all who were Christians had a common interest.
That ye should earnestly contend . . . (also Gal.2:5). It means to contend upon or for or about anything; and would be applicable to the earnest effort put forth in those contests to obtain the prize (1 Cor.9:24; Phil.3:14).
For the faith . . . the system of religion revealed in the TRUE Gospel. It is called faith, because that is the fundamental virtue in the system, and because all depends on that. The rule here will require that we should contend in this manner for all Truth. Contend = to strive or compete in contest, rivalry or against difficulties. To struggle. To strive in debate, to argue.
Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. (KJV)
These ‘ungodly men’ are false teachers. They may have traveled from place to place. It seems no one noticed when they came among Jude’s readers. False teachers bring WRONG ideas (damnable heresies, 2 Pet.2:1) which were a danger to the faith then and NOW!
These were the errors in their teaching: #1. They were taking wrong advantage of God’s mercy. They used it as an excuse to behave in any way that they liked. They were like some Christians that Paul described (Rom. 6:1). They said that God loves to forgive. So wicked behavior makes it possible for God to show even more of his grace. #2. They said that the human body is evil. So, it does not matter how you use it. They denied Jesus and His Words by the wicked way in which they lived. #3. They denied that Jesus had a real human body. They said that he could not be hungry or need to drink. He did not feel pain. #4. They said that Jesus was not one with God, and that Jesus was not God. #5. They claimed to have special knowledge of the way to God. They said they were superior to ordinary Christians, who could not have this same knowledge.
ALL of these heresies are present in today's modern churches. BEWARE!!! Check out ALL pastors and teachers, including me. (Acts 17:11). Make sure what they teach agrees with the Holy Word of God!
Jude 1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. (KJV)
The people of Israel were once slaves in Egypt (Exodus chapter 1). God rescued them through Moses (Exodus chapters 5-12). But they did NOT trust God enough to enter the land that God had promised to give them. So they died in the desert (Hebrews 3:17). Lack of trust in Christ Jesus will lead to God’s judgment.
Let me remind you of what the apostasy is: "to remove, to withdraw, to go away, to depart from God." The Rapture must come first (1 Thes.4:13-18) . . . the departure, the removal of the church. The removal of believers from the Earth will lead to the TOTAL apostasy . . . the departure from the faith. Our Lord Jesus asked the question: Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (KJV) . . . The way the question is asked, demands a negative answer. Therefore, the answer is NO, He will not find the faith on the Earth when He returns. There will be a total departure, a total apostasy. That will not happen until TRUE believers are removed from the Earth . . . and, this could happen at any moment.
Jude is now going to give us six examples of apostasy in the past; that is, departures from the faith. There will be three groups and then three individuals.
First, the three groups.
Angels in rebellion Kept in Chains . . . 1:6
Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. (KJV)
Because of their pride, some angels refused to obey God (Rev.12:7-9). Those angels did not ‘keep’ their proper position. So God ‘kept’ (is keeping) them in chains and in darkness until the day of judgment (2 Pet. 2:4). Since God judges even angels, He will certainly judge us too.
God created angels with a free will. Angels do not reproduce as human do; so, they do not inherit a sinful nature as we do. But, each angel is created by God with a free will. Some of these spiritual creatures were caught up in a rebellion, and chose to follow Satan, now they are reserved in chains.
It seems the fallen angels are divided into two groups. The group whose rebellion was extremely great is evidently locked up, with no freedom any more. The other group of fallen angels apparently has freedom of movement and is under the leadership of Satan. Demons are very active in the world today, and these have to be the second group, for the first group are in chains! (Mat.4:24; Mat.8:16; 9:33; 15:28; 17:18; Mark 1:26,34; 5:13; 7:30; 9:26). It seems evident that there are demons mentioned in Scripture and that are prominent in our day.
We must admit that humanity is depraved. None of us seems to realize fully that we belong to a race that is totally depraved and that we live in a world that is under the control of Satan.
The Bible that tells us about the angels which rebelled against God and about those whom "he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day." The Word of God has a great deal to say about the judgments that are coming. People without a knowledge of the Bible speak of one great judgment day which is coming. The Great White Throne judgment is coming in the future for the unsaved (Rev. 20:11-15), but actually there are several judgments mentioned in the Word of God. One of those judgments is the judgment of angels, which will take place during the last days.
See the Great White Throne judgment: . . . http://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_great_white_throne.htm
1 Cor.15:20-25 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. (KJV) . . . We are told the order of the resurrections. Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming, then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. . . . The power is obviously evil power, the demonic forces which are in the world. For the devil must reign, till Christ Jesus puts all enemies under His feet.
During the Millennium these demonic powers shall be judged. . . . http://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_millennial_kingdom.htm
The Scriptures has much to say about the judgment of angels. (1 Cor.6:3; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:7-15; Luke 8:31).
Also, the Devil will be responsible for the terrible persecution of believers and especially of Israel during the Great Tribulation of the last days. He will be cast out of heaven: "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him" (Rev. 12:9). Satan will be bound during the Millennial Age: "And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season" (Rev. 20:1-3). And finally he will be consigned to the lake of fire, which we have seen in Revelation 20:10.
Genesis 6:1-4 is one of the most controversial passages in the Bible. As with any difficult section of Scripture, it has been open to a wide range of interpretations. The two most prevalent interpretations are: #1. Women were having sexual relations with demonic beings (literally "sons of God," a term sometimes used for angels), and producing offspring who were part human, part demon. These mutants were said to be Rephaim or giants of old. #2. The "sons of God" were descendants of the godly line of Seth. Instead of remaining true to their godly heritage, they were "unequally yoked" with the ungodly line of Cain. Thus, civilization sank into depravity and subsequently was destroyed by the Flood.
It is my opinion that those who consistently hold to a biblical world view must reject the idea that women and demons can engage in actual, physical sexual intercourse. I reject pagan superstition for the following reason. Demons are nonsexual beings. Jesus said so. Angels are bodiless, purely spiritual beings and sexless (Mat.22:30). Nowhere in Scripture is there ANY reference to fallen angels being able to produce human bodies. NOWHERE, NOT ONCE, does Scripture say ever that the bodies of God's angels are capable of sexual reproduction. I believe that angels do at times appear to have a physical body such as ours, but that it is only temporary (Heb.13:2, also see 2 Cor.11:4).
I think that "sons of God" simply refers to the godly descendants of Seth, and "daughters of men" to the ungodly descendants of Cain. I think what Genesis 6:1-2, 4 records is the first occurrence of mixed marriage between believers and unbelievers, with the characteristic result of such unions: loss of love and testimony for the Lord and a total surrender of moral standards. Instead of remaining true to God and loyal to their spiritual heritage, they allowed themselves to be enticed by the beauty of ungodly women who were "daughters of men."
Sodom And Gomorrah Sinned In Sexuality . . . 1:7
Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. (KJV)
This is Jude's third example of apostasy in the past. He has mentioned Israel in their unbelief, the angels which kept not their first estate, and now the people of Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities about them. The important thing for us to know is that God destroyed these cities because the people defiled their flesh. They were given over to homosexuality or sodomy. Homosexuality is a SIN and an "abomination" to Almighty God (Lev.18:22; 20:13; Rom.1:26; 1 Cor.6:9-11).
Very interesting, that in our day sodomy is called homosexuality, adultery is called free love, the drunkard is a respected alcoholic, and the murderer is temporarily insane. Satan is very hard at work giving the world a welcome new vocabulary. BUT. . . sodomy in God's sight is gross immorality and a horrible vile sin. The FACT that God has judged men in the past for sins that God considers an "abomination" should be a warning to us today. God has NOT changed! God shall judge any civilization that moves too far in this direction. Do you think that we have done that in America?
Modern Apostate Teachers Identified . . . 1:8-10
Jude 1:8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. (KJV)
False teachers seem to have no thought for their own fate.They simply do NOT obey the Lord Jesus Christ (Jude 1:4), and they consider themselves far superior. We must beware of these apostate teachers! They "crept in unaware"; that is, they came in the side door, they slipped into the church under false colors. They pretended to be something they were not.
There are four points of identification of apostate teachers that Jude gives to us in this verse:
#1. They are "filthy dreamers" . . . they live in an unreal world, a world that does not exist. It sounds good to be able to solve all your problems by positive thinking, but we need to learn how to say no sometimes!
#2. The second thing that Jude says about the apostate teachers is that they "defile the flesh." The thought that Jude has in mind here is that they engage in base and abnormal immorality. This is the same as the "strange flesh" in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah that Jude talked about earlier. Many churches today have gone on record that they approve of homosexuality. God judged the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The angels are also a warning to us because they are going to be judged. And God would not let even His own people whom He had brought out of Egypt enter the Promised Land because of their unbelief. All these are examples to us today, and we had better recognize the fact that God will judge our "new morality." It is neither new morality nor new immorality; there is really nothing new about it. It goes back to Sodom and Gomorrah, and it goes back even to the days of Noah. It is sick sin!
#3. These apostate teachers "despise dominion" meaning they reject authority. They want to get rid of the death penalty. They want to turn everybody loose to do his thing in his own way. We are seeing what is taking place as a result. We thought we were a civilized people, but we are nothing but a bunch of fierce savages. WHY? Because of despising dominion, of rejecting authority. People want certain laws repealed. They don't want divorce. Their argument is that there is no reason to have divorce laws, if people just live together. What is that? FORNICATION!!! (Mark 7:21; Gal. 5:19; Eph. 5:3-4; Col.3:5-6; 1 Thes. 4:3-4; Jude 1:7; Rev.2:14; 9:21; 21:8,27; 22:14-15). SIN brings on God's wrath!
And the end of sin is death, eternal death in an everlasting Hell! . . . http://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_god%27s_holy_wrath.htm . . . http://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_would_god_really_send_me_to_hell.htm . . . http://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_what_happens_to_souls.htm
#4. False teachers "speak evil of dignities." This means that they disrespect dignities. They protest against rules and those in authority. They take it out on the police or men in high places: the president, the governors, and the mayors are made responsible for anything that happens in the nation or the state or the city, regardless of whether they are responsible or not. WHY? Because there has been a loss of respect for authority. Now I will admit that some men in authority are not worthy of respect, but their office demands respect.
Notice again the characteristics of these apostates: they came in unawares, they are ungodly, they turn the grace of God into lasciviousness, they deny the Lord Jesus Christ, they are filthy dreamers, they defile the flesh, they despise dominion, and they have disrespect for dignities. These are the things that characterize them, and they are dangerous because of the way they have come into the church. BEWARE!!!
We need to pay attention to this little letter of Jude, because a great storm is brewing, and it is a warning to us! Apostasy is here in the middle of us today. And once a church departs from the faith, is is GONE. They never return.
I see a horrible weakness which I think will ultimately undermine even the most fundamental church. That weakness is: many places have are void of ethics and morals. There are no high principles and practices.
We are living in days of apostasy. . . . http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_apostate_christianity.1.htm
A quote from J. Vernon McGee: . . . Out of a poll of 700 preachers, the following results were given: 48% denied the complete inspiration of the Bible; 24% rejected the atonement; 12% rejected the resurrection of the body; 27% did not believe that Christ will return to judge the quick and the dead. A Washington, D.C., minister said, "We liberal clergymen are no longer interested in the fundamentalist-modernist controversy. We do not believe we should even waste our time engaging in it. So far as we are concerned, it makes no difference whether Christ was born of a virgin or not. We don't even bother to form an opinion on the subject." An Arlington, Va., minister said, "We have closed our minds to such trivial consideration as the question of the resurrection of Christ. If you fundamentalists wish to believe that nonsense we have no objection, but we have more important things to preach than the presence or absence of an empty tomb 20 centuries ago." A leading minister in Washington, D.C., said flatly, "In our denomination what you call the 'faith of our Fathers' is approaching total extinction. Of course a few of the older ministers still cling to the Bible. But among the younger men, the real leaders of our denomination today, I do not know of a single one who believes in Christ, or any of the things that you classify as fundamentals."
Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. (KJV)
This is a remarkable verse of Scripture. Satan is a fallen creature and an avowed enemy of God, yet Michael, when contending about the body of Moses, would not bring a sentence that would accuse the dignity of Satan. Michael even respected the position of Satan.
Lucifer was a creation of God and apparently the highest creature that God created. And then evil was found in him. Don't think that evil means that he went out and stole something. The evil that was in him was that he put his will against the will of God. He was lifted up by pride, and he wanted to become independent of God. He actually thought he could dethrone God (Isa.14:12-15) . . . at least from part of His Universe. As far as this world is concerned, God has permitted him to carry on this rebellion, and God has a high and holy purpose in it. Satan still believes he will be able to take a segment of God's created universe and be the ruler over it. Satan wants this Earth as his.
"Yet Michael . . . durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee." Michael did not curse Satan. He did not call him a long list of names. I'm sure many of us would have been glad and willing to have done that. We really would have read the riot act to him, but Michael did NOT! WHY? Michael is an archangel, and all he did was to say, "The Lord rebuke you." He didn't go into a long tirade of epithets or of condemnation, although he could have. WHY? Michael had respect for his office, his position, his power . . . Lucifer had been created the highest creature (Eze.28:11-19).
This is a lesson that we need to learn. Many believers have NOT learned to bow to God ot to give Him glory He deserves (Ps.16:9; 21:5; 29:1-2; 30:12; 66:2; 96:7-8; 105:3; 108:1; 115:1; Isa.42:8,12; 48:11; Jer.13:16; Rom.4:20; 2 Cor.4:15; Phil.2:10-11; Rev.11:13). We are creatures; He is the Creator. What right have you and I to question anything that He does? We need to recognize that God is the Creator; He is also our Redeemer. He is the One who loves us. But our God is high, holy and lifted up. He is a just and righteous God. He never makes any mistakes. He never does anything wrong. Everything He does is right and, because of this, we can trust Him. We must respect His authority! We must respect His Person! A day will come when we must give an account, the Lord Jesus Christ is going to say, "You said, 'Lord, Lord,' but you didn't do the things I commanded. Each one went his own way and did that which was right in his own eyes." (Mat.7:21). What a lesson Michael the archangel is to us!
Jude 1:10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. (KJV)
These corrupt false teachers use a reproachful language of things which lie completely beyond their understanding.
But these speak evil of those things which they know not . . . the same as (2 Pet. 2:12) this is generally to be understood of all those spiritual things of which they were ignorant.
But what they know naturally; without reason or judgment.
As brute beasts . . . vicious animals without intelligence. They corrupt themselves. They live only for sensual indulgence, and sink deeper and deeper in sensual gratifications.
These men mock anything that they do not understand. They behave like animals and do whatever they like. Their desires are wicked, and their wicked behavior will destroy them. They think that anything that is outside their experience has no use or worth. They do not realize where their attitudes and actions are leading them. Their fate is as certain as in the case of those wicked people and bad angels that Jude has mentioned.
In those things they corrupt themselves; debauch and degrade their natures by extreme sensualities, whereby they bring destruction upon themselves. 2 Peter 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; (KJV)
Jude 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. (KJV)
Cain was the first person to kill someone. He killed his own brother (Gen.4:1-15). The false teachers were/are ‘killing’ the belief of other people. Cain killed Abel after God had already warned Cain about his anger. Jews in New Testament times remembered Cain as someone who did not believe in God’s judgment. But God DID punish him. ALL people who decide not to trust and obey God are like Cain, God will also punish them, too.
Balaam is the second example. Balak, king of Moab, asked Balaam to curse Moab’s enemies, the Israelites (Num.22:7-18). At first, Balaam refused. But his greed for the bribe (money) that Balak offered him was too strong. So he said that he would do it. But when he tried, he found that God made him bless the Israelites instead of cursing them! (Deut.23:5). But later, Balaam tempted the Israelites to break God’s law (Num.31:16). By the New Testament times, Balaam had a bad character as one who had led people away from God. Jude’s readers knew the story well. So they would immediately understand what Jude meant.
Korah (Core) was proud and jealous. He refused to accept the authority of Moses and Aaron. He also encouraged a large number of other people to oppose Moses. But God Himself had appointed Moses to serve Him. So Korah and all those who were with him died. The ground split open and swallowed them (Num.16:1-35). The false teachers were refusing to obey the church leaders. So they must expect God to punish them. He has already decided on their fate.
Modern Apostate Teachers Described . . . 1:12-16
Jude 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; (KJV)
These are spots. . . . 2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; (KJV) . . . The word used by Peter, is not exactly the same that Jude used. Peter uses the word 'spiloi'; Jude uses 'spilades'. The word used by Jude properly means a rock by or in the sea; a cliff, etc. It may either be a rock by the sea, against which vessels may be wrecked, or a hidden rock in the sea, on which they may be stranded at an unexpected moment. The idea here seems to be, NOT that they were spots and blemishes in their sacred feasts, but that they were like hidden rocks to the sea going mariner, for those rocks were the cause of shipwreck. Jude seems to be saying that these false teachers caused others to shipwreck their faith. They were as dangerous in the church as hidden rocks are in the ocean.
They make what Paul calls "shipwreck" of the faith, and Paul names two men who evidently ran into an apostate, a hidden rock, and made shipwreck of the faith (1 Tim.1:19). An apostate false teacher can be compared to the tip of an iceberg. Very little of it is visible, but if a ship runs into it, the ship will go down! How many people are there, whose faith has not only been shaken but wrecked by a person who is an apostate?
"Clouds they are without water" . . . these false teachers may SEEM to be filled with the Word of God, but they are empty and dry! They may speak in voices with great authority. They are probably well known and well liked, like so many today. BUT they are something entirely different from what God intended. They are like beautiful clouds that drift across the sky without a drop of rain to refresh the Earth. BEWARE!!!
"Trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots" . . . the Lord Jesus warned about false teachers, He said, "... by their fruits ye shall know them" (Mat.7:20). Jude says that the apostate has withered fruit, he is "twice dead, plucked up by the roots." There is a saying: "Born once, die twice. Born twice, die once."
Jude says that the apostates are spiritually dead, dead in trespasses and sins . . . but still trying to lead others! WHERE will a false teacher lead you? To Hell!
Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. (KJV)
"Raging waves of the sea" . . . the Jews hated the sea. It could be wild and dangerous. The wicked are like the sea that never rests. Its waves never stop rolling, carrying dirt and mud (Isaiah 57:20). In a similar manner, these men never stop their wicked actions. They are like the dirty rubbish that the waves leave on the shore after a storm.
"Wandering stars" . . . either planets properly called, or rather meteors called running stars, inconstant in their motion, uncertain in their shining, making a little show, but soon vanishing. This was like the doctrine of these false teachers, which had a show of light, but a deceitful and inconstant one. They are lawless in that they follow no course whatsoever.
To whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever; . . . the thickest darkness is that of Hell; they would be counted lights, but are themselves cast into utter darkness (2 Pet.2:17). As blackness of darkness shows the horror of their punishment, so its being reserved for them shows the certainty of it.
One symbol of Hell is fire, and the other is blackness of darkness. The great emphasis has been placed upon the symbol of fire. Hell is literal, Hell is real! Fire would be bodily punishment, and the worst sins of man are spiritual sins such as unbelief.
Because of this, physical punishment would not be adequate. I think that man may wish it were literal fire because the darkness will be worse than fire. 2Thes.1:8-9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (KJV) . . . Personally, I think fire is a symbol of God's judgment. God shall certainly take vengeance on them that do not know Him! But God is LIGHT! And IF a person is separated from the Presence of the Lord (Light), what does that tell you? DARKNESS! I think Hell is Darkness! And I think that a lost man carries his darkness with him . . . not only physical darkness but spiritual darkness.
Jude 1:14-15 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. (KJV)
Including the first man Adam, Enoch is the seventh name in the first family line (1 Chron.1:1-3). The Jews considered seven was the perfect number.
Genesis 5:24 tells us that Enoch ‘walked with God’, that is, he lived a holy life, very close to God. Enoch did not die, because God took him straight to Heaven. Although he lived so long ago, Enoch speaks of the return of the Lord to judge everyone. In particular, he tells of the awful fate of wicked people who do not obey God. Jude keeps repeating the word ‘ungodly’ to emphasize how bad they are in God’s sight. "Ungodly" is used 6 times in this little Book. They were not Christians at all. They did not believe that God would judge and punish them. There are multitudes today who believe this too. They are making a very BIG mistake.
This prophecy of Enoch is not found in the Old Testament. In Genesis 5 we have the record of Enoch, but we are told nothing about his prophecy. Enoch is not a common name; so we may be sure that the man Jude mentions is the Enoch who walked with God and God took him (Gen. 5:24).
There is NO Biblical record of a "Book of Enoch." There is NO doubt that Enoch made these statements as Jude 1:14-15 confirms; but that does NOT necessarily mean that he authored the Book of Enoch. To place the Book of Enoch on the level of God's Word is extremely dangerous, UNLESS it truly is God's Word! If Enoch did write the Book of Enoch, it raises the natural question of whether or not the work was inspired by God? Many godly men today write good books; but they are still flawed human beings, prone to sin, who aren't always doctrinally correct in every area. It would be a great evil to recognize their writings as EQUAL with God's Word (the Bible). Jesus condemned following the TRADITIONS of men over the commandments of God (Mark 7:6-13). David also warned against trusting men rather than God (Psalm 118:8). The FACT is that the Book of Enoch is clearly a heretical manuscript.
The Books of Enoch were supposedly written by an unknown author thousands of years after Enoch left the Earth and were found to be theologically and historically inaccurate.
So, why did Jude include this prophecy of Enoch? Because he was led by the Spirit of God, just as were ALL the other authors of the Bible. IF Jude got it from the Book of Enoch, which was around at that time, the Spirit told him to do it. If he did not get it from the Book of Enoch, he got it from God.
See what this web site says about the Books of Enoch: . . . https://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Wolves/book_of_enoch.htm
Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage. (KJV)
Here are five more characteristics of apostates.
- #1. They are murmurers. Murmuring means to mutter complaints, muttering against God.
- #2. They are complainers, complaining about their lot in life, discontented, never satisfied. If they recognize God, they blame Him for everything that has happened to them.
- #3. They walk after their own lusts or desires (idolatry). Those desires could be good or bad . . . not all desires are immoral. It could be anything that leaves God out. It could be sports, hunting, fishing, a sailing boat, good music, etc. . . . something in which they find satisfaction, but in their hearts they are discontented.
- #4. Their mouth speaks great swelling words; they are proud and arrogant.
- #5. They say a lot of things which are not true . . . because they are looking to men for their promotion, their advantage.
You may recall that the Book of James has something to say about this: "My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; and ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?" (James 2:1-4).
These people complain to God about their life. They complain about the church leaders. They are like the Israelites in the desert who were always complaining to Moses. They forgot what God had done long ago to rescue the people from being slaves in Egypt. These men forget that God in Jesus has rescued men and women from being slaves to evil. All they want to do is to satisfy their own wicked desires. They love to impress other people by the way they talk about themselves, in a noisy way. Israel griped and complained and murmured.
See what happened! . . . http://www.hisservants.org/israel%27s_ten_failures_h_s.htm
Jude 1:17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; (KJV)
Jude has had much to say about the wicked words and behavior of the false teachers. But, to end his letter, he again speaks about his readers. They are his dear friends. He loves them, because they are like him. They believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, as he does.
Jude has already recalled their memory of the Old Testament stories (verse 5). Now he commands them to remember how the apostles, too, warned them about wicked men (Acts 20:29; 1 Tim.4:1; 2 Pet.3:3). Jesus also had warned about people like that (Mat.7:15; 24:11).
"But, beloved" . . . he is now talking to the beloved . . . meaning that they are beloved of God. I do think Jude loved them because he would not have written such a strong epistle if he had not loved them and desperately desired to tell them the Truth. These are the ones who are experiencing the love of God in their lives, and for that reason they are called "beloved."
"Remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ" . . . all the way through the Word of God, you will find that we are told to REMEMBER. The word "remember" is in the Bible 207 times, meaning that we are to remember the Word of God. You and I should know the Word of God so that our memories can call it up when we need to have these great Truths brought to our attention.
"But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ." This is proof that Jude was not the apostle by that name. He is Jude, the half-brother of the Lord Jesus. In spite of his blood relationship to Jesus, he takes a very humble attitude. He will use the apostles to corroborate what he is going to say, as he has done before in this letter.
We will see before we finish this letter that it is all-important to know what the Word of God has to say. I do not believe that you can stand for God in this world without tripping up unless you have a knowledge of the Word of God . . . it is essential. How very important it is for us to know what the Word of God has to say.
Jude 1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. (KJV)
"Mockers in the last time" . . . (1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Tim.3:1; 2 Pet.3:2-3). We live in the last times . . the time between the ascension of Christ to Heaven (Acts 1:9), and His return for the church (1 Thes.4:13-18).
Memory was very important in the ancient world. Few people could read and books were rare. So Christians had to develop their memories. Jude’s readers must always keep clearly in their minds the Good News of the Gospel (what the Lord Jesus Christ has taught and done for them). Only then will they be strong enough to defend their faith against false teachers. Men who are as wicked as that only believe in their own ideas. They do not believe in what God teaches.
Jude 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. (KJV)
"These be they who separate themselves" . . . from the TRUE doctrine and church of Christ, as being in love with their carnal liberties, and their hatred to come under the yoke of Christ's discipline.
"Sensual" . . . carnal, or animal like (1 Cor. 2:14); such as are mere men, who have no higher principle in them than human nature, which, left to itself, being totally void of the sanctifying Spirit, is generally overpowered by fleshly lusts.
"Having not the Spirit" . . . the Spirit of God, by which they should be led, and to which they so pretend (hypocrites); having neither the light, nor grace, nor comfort of the Spirit.
Jude 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, (KJV)
"Building up yourselves" . . . he compares them to a house, which is to be built up, where of faith is the foundation: the same metaphor is used (1 Cor.3:10-15; 2 Cor. 4:9; Eph 2:20-22; 1 Pet. 2:5-6).
"Most holy" . . . this is what Jude calls faith, because it is the means of purifying their hearts, and working holiness in them; completely opposed to the false faith of the heretics he warns them against, which consisted of so much impurity.
"Faith" . . . is the foundation that the Christians are to build themselves upon is the “Most Holy Faith”. The idea of holy is to be “separate” or “devoted to God”. It means the idea of being different from the world (unbelievers). The reason this faith is different from the world is two-fold: #1. Faith is God-given and not just men’s opinions. #2. Faith has the power to change the lives of those who believe.
Faith may be understood as either: #1.The grace of faith, that is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22); and that is compared to the foundation, as being the first and principal grace in a Christian, and of great necessity and use; that Jude bids them to build themselves up in other graces which follow upon faith: 2 Peter 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; (KJV)
Or: #2. Of the doctrine of faith (in Christ Jesus), on which their faith is founded. The meaning is, that they or we, should NOT be satisfied with measure of faith they had already been attained, but to keep improving it, and making further progress in it, and NOT only to hold fast the Truth of the Gospel, the Right Foundation on which they had started to build (1 Cor. 3:10-15), but by the study and meditation of the Word of God, be more and more confirmed in it. The doctrine of faith is most holy, because it displays the grace, holiness and righteousness of God, and is the only way of beginning and increasing internal holiness and righteousness in saints, and of encouraging them to an external holiness of life and conversation.
Luke 17:5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. (KJV) . . . The apostles prayed for faith to be increased, so can we! What is faith? It is total dependence on God and a willingness to do His will. Faith is NOT something we use to put on a show for others. Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (KJV)
Faith is complete and humble obedience to God's will, and being ready to do whatever He calls us to do. The amount of faith is NOT as important as the right kind of faith . . . faith in our all-powerful God. (Mat.17:20)
Praying in the Holy Ghost . . . means to pray in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit, and by the assistance of the Spirit, who teaches what to pray for, and how; and from whom faith, fervency, and all praying graces proceed. Romans 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (KJV)
The Holy Spirit opens our minds to Jesus, and teaches us about Him (John 14:26; 16:13).
Jude ends his letter with words to encourage his readers. He has warned them, and us, that their Christian life is in great danger. The attacks on it come through what the false teachers say. And too, the attacks come by the way that they live. But God does offer TRUE Christians the resources with which to overcome attacks like that, faith and the Holy Ghost! That is God’s part.
Their part, and ours, as TRUE loyal Christians, is to make full use of God’s resources. In this way they, and us, will build up a strong faith. Unity is strength, and with God’s help they will be able together to oppose the evil ideas and deeds of these wicked and ungodly people.
Jude tells his readers what to do. They are to ask the Holy Spirit to help them to pray. Their prayers must not be selfish or impatient. The Holy Spirit will teach them to know God’s desires, both for themselves and for other people. The false teachers do NOT have the Holy Spirit in their lives (verse 19; and Rom.8:9). Otherwise, their behavior would be holy.
Jude 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (KJV)
Keep yourselves in the love of God . . . in love to God, love whereby we love God; this implies love to each other, as the cause doth the effect. Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (KJV)
Looking for . . . by hope. In verses 20-21, we have the three fundamental graces: faith, hope and charity (1 Cor. 13:13).
The mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life . . . the merciful and gracious sentence of Christ the Judge, places TRUE believers in possession of eternal life (Mat. 25:34). This GIFT (Eph.2:8-9; Rom. 5:15-19; 6:23), the reward of eternal life is promised, and promised freely, out of mercy, so it is called mercy (2 Tim. 1:18).
How do two people maintain their love for each other? They spend time together, talk to each other, listen to each other, have great desire to please each other. And the more that they do these things, the more their love for each other will grow. THAT is the SAME way we, as TRUE Christians, maintain our love for for God! We keep ourselves in God’s love this same way. We must spend quiet time with Him. We must talk (pray) to Him, even about the smallest things of life. We must listen to what He says to us. HOW do we do that? By never being far from His Holy Word! God speaks to us through His Word! And my friend, what He places in our hearts, we must be mindful of! We must obey what He tells us to do.
We must desire to please Him at all times. Because that is how we are preparing for life with God in Heaven some day. That life, eternal life in Heaven, is the Gift of Jesus Christ to TRUE Christians on the day He returns (1 Thes.4:13-18). 1 Thes. 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. (KJV) . . . Come Lord Jesus, come. Watch my friend, because we know not when He shall come. Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. (KJV) . . . Be careful how you live, for you do not want to be ashamed at His Coming. 1 John 2:28-29 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him. (KJV)
Jude 1:22-23 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. (KJV)
Jude now speaks about three groups of people who need special help. #1. There are those with doubts. False teachers have already damaged the faith of some weaker Christians (1 John 2:1,12-13,28; 3;7,18; 4:4; 5:21). Weaker Christians (little children, babes in Christ) are not sure about what to believe or how to live. Jude urges his readers to be especially kind to those who have doubts. They need help to understand clearly how God wants them to live. They are to be holy, as God is holy (Lev.11:44; 1 Pet.1:16). They are to care about other people, and not be selfish. At all times they are to trust God completely, and not their own thoughts.
#2. A second group needs help too. These people have been far too eager to listen to the false teachers. Jude says the people in this group are like a stick that is starting to burn in a fire. Jude says they must be rescued quickly, before the fire burns them completely.
#3. A third group is also in great danger. These are people who refuse to turn to God. Christians must pity them and be kind to them. Many in this group of life without God are people who leading lives that appear to be attractive, worldly lives, lives in the flesh. 1 Peter 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. (KJV) . . . 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (KJV) . . . Also: Jude 1:7. Jude says we must hate these people’s evil practices as they would hate to touch their dirty underwear (clothes that people wear next to the skin).
Making a difference . . . Jude mentions two kinds of offenders, or misled brethren, who might be restored. They should be dealt with in different ways: one might be discouraged with roughness, while another should be handled with tenderness and compassion.
With fear . . . by more severe courses, sharper reprehensions, setting before them God's judgments against obstinate sinners (1 Cor. 5:5).
Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (KJV)
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling . . . WHO alone can preserve you from the contagion of sin? WHO alone can preserve you from falling into any kind of error that might damage your soul? WHO alone can present you faultless before the Throne of God? . . . Only our precious Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ! He and He alone!
Before the presence of his glory . . . God through Jesus is so wonderful, so powerful. He can protect His TRUE friends against their enemies. Because of what Jesus has done, God prepares Christians to come to live with Him in Heaven. What a wonderful future that will be! What great joy it gives us, now and always! We have an inheritance that we can look forward to! 1 Peter 1:4-5 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (KJV) . . . That mansion is waiting for us. And it belongs to us! It has our name on it!
What He has started, He can finish! Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (KJV) . . . 2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. (KJV)
Many believers have NOT learned to bow to God or to give Him the glory He deserves (Ps.16:9; 21:5; 29:1-2; 30:12; 66:2; 96:7-8; 105:3; 108:1; 115:1; Isa.42:8,12; 48:11; Jer.13:16; Rom.4:20; 2 Cor.4:15; Phil.2:10-11; Rev.11:13).
Jude 1:25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (KJV)
To the only wise God . . . Who alone can teach, who alone has declared the Truth; that Truth in which ye now stand.
Our Saviour . . . Who has by His precious Blood washed us from our sins (1 Pet.1:18-19), and made us kings and priests unto God the Father (Rev.1:6; 5:10).
Be glory . . . Be ascribed all light, excellence, and splendor (Ps.16:9; 21:5; 29:1-2; 30:12; 66:2; 96:7-8; 105:3; 108:1; 115:1; Isa.42:8,12; 48:11; Jer.13:16; Rom.4:20; 2 Cor.4:15; Phil.2:10-11; Rev.11:13).
Majesty . . . All power, authority, and pre-eminence (Heb. 1:3; 8:1).
Dominion . . . All rule and government in the world and in the Church, in earth and in heaven (Job 25:2; Ps.103:22; Dan.4:3,34; 1 Pet.4:11; 5:11; Rev.1:6).
And power . . . All energy and operation to every thing that is wise, great, good, holy, and excellent (Job 26:14; Ps.62:11; 89:13; Nah.1:3; Isa.26:4; Rom.1:20).
Both now . . . In the present state of life and things.
And ever . . . to the end of all things, places, dispensations, and worlds; and to a state which knows NO end, that being ETERNITY in which this glory, majesty, dominion, and power shall for ever dwell.
Amen . . . so let it be, so ought it to be, and so it shall be.
God is well able, and very willing to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the Presence of His glory. We as TRUE believers are sinners in the capable hands of God and his grace and mercy. We merit NOTHING on our own, but look to our precious Saviour's sufferings and merits.
All TRUE believers were given to Him by the Father (John 10:29); and of ALL so given to Him, He has lost NONE, nor will He ever lose one. John 10:27-29 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. (KJV)
Our faults fill us with fears, doubts, questions and sorrows; but the Redeemer stands firm for His people, and they shall be presented faultless before the throne (verse 24). Where there is no sin, there will be no sorrow; where there is the perfection of holiness, there will be the perfection of joy.
Let us always look up to Him, Who is able to keep us from falling, and is able to improve us, as well as maintain the work that He has wrought in us, until we shall be presented blameless before the Presence of His glory. Only then shall we know a joy beyond what this Earth can ever give us; and only then shall God rejoice over us, His children (1 John 3:1) and the joy of our compassionate Saviour be completed.
To Him who has so wisely formed the Plan of salvation, and will faithfully and perfectly accomplish it, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen.
The Letter of Jude, the brother of James is finished: and glory be to God for ever and ever, Amen.