Taking the Epistle

A biblical journey through the epistles

21 – Jude

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Jude

Thank you for clicking on our page for the epistle which is called Jude, the letter is authored by the apostle Jude who was the brother of James and half-brother of Jesus Christ. Jude is one of the smaller epistles but in my view one of the more dynamic. Jude writes in love but deals with some tough theological issues. For other bible studies on other epistles please see our main epistle page.

I have quite the history with the book of Jude, when I first rededicated my life back to Jesus I went into a discipleship program with my then pastor Matt McGoldrick at Calvary Chapel Glasgow and we spent the best part of 7/8 months on the book of Jude learning how to study the bible in an inductive way so it is fair to say that I know the book of Jude very well.

Jude is a humble man who chose to give his family genealogy through James and list himself as a “servant” of Christ Jesus as opposed to a family member, this shows great humility that the words that God gave him should speak and allow that to be the reputation. Jude is happy in being a slave of his own free will to the gospel of Jesus Christ and how we all could learn from that example.

The letter is written to a Christian audience and deals with doctrinal issues in great detail despite the whole letter being only 25 verses long. Despite its status as one of the shortest books of the bible it is rich in deep theology.

Jude urges his readers to “contend earnestly for the faith” he warns of “certain people that have crept in unaware” he gave examples of the judgment on false teachers and then gave a call to persevere, for a fuller outline please see below.

Outline for the book of Jude 

I. Salutation (1-2)

II. Occasion for the Letter (3-4)

A. The change of Subject (3)
B. The Reason for the Change: The Presence of Godless Apostates (4)

III. Warning against the False Teachers (5-16)

A. Historical Examples of the Judgment of Apostates (5-7)
1. Unbelieving Israel (5)
2. Angels who fell (6)
3. Sodom and Gomorrah (7)

B. Description of the Apostates of Jude’s Day (8-16)
1. Their slanderous speech deplored (8-10)
2. Their character graphically portrayed (11-13)
3. Their destruction prophesied (14-16)

IV. Exhortation to Believers (17-23)

V. Conclusion (24-25)

Below is a list of our Bible studies, please click on the hyperlinks in order to see the articles that deal with these issues, for your convenience I have also placed links in the comments section for these and other useful articles that link back to this page. (As the articles become live the hyperlinks will become active)

Line by line studies

I. Salutation (1-2)
Hey Jude, are you a bondservant? – Jude 1:1-2 – May 12th 2015

II. Occasion for the Letter (3-4)
Judgment on false teachers – Jude 1:3-4 – May 21st 2015

III. Warning against the False Teachers (5-16)
Do not be destroyed due to your lack of belief – Jude 1:5-6 – October 14th 2015
Destroyed by their sin and unbelief – Jude 1:5-7 – November 27th 2015
These people defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones – Jude 1:8-9 – December 11th 2015
These people blaspheme all that they do not understand – Jude 1:10-13 – December 25th 2015
Enoch prophesied about the Lord’s judgment – Jude 1:14-16 – January 8th 2016

IV. Exhortation to Believers (17-23)
In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions – Jude 1:17-19 – January 22nd 2016
But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit – Jude 1:20-23 – February 5th 2016

V. Conclusion (24-25)
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy – Jude 1:24-25 – February 19th 2016

Topical studies

None

When the writers of the bible separated the books into chapters and verses to help indexing and finding verses, this book was split into 6 chapters, in many cases new chapters do not contain new thoughts and you will see bible studies cross over chapter lines.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing and please feel free to like, share or comment on here or whatever social media platforms you use as the Lord leads you to, as always I love questions about this or any other article so please feel free to fill in the form below, all comments are moderated to avoid profanity.
TTE
TGBTG
SDG

8 responses to “21 – Jude

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