Commentary on the Book of Jude

Bill Hitchcock July 7, 2015 0
Commentary on the Book of Jude

The Book of Jude, known for its brevity in length but not in power. It is prophesy that holds true today. You can’t help but think about the gay community and their agenda and movement to power when you read Jude. But it isn’t restricted to homosexuals. Jude gives warning about fighting for our faith and the battle with lust we all face.

Book of Jude

King James Version

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:

There is much question as to who Jude was. Albert Barnes explains, “Little is known of the author of this brief Epistle. He styles himself Jude 1:1 “the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James;” but there has been some difference of opinion as to what “James” is meant. He does not call himself an “apostle,” but supposes that the terms which he uses would sufficiently identify him, and would be a sufficient reason for his addressing his brethren in the manner in which he does in this Epistle. There were two of the name of “James” among the apostles Luke 6:14-15; and it has been made a question of which of them he was the brother. There were also two of the name of Judas, or Jude; but there is no difficulty in determining which of them was the author of this Epistle, for the other had the surname of Iscariot, and was the traitor”.

I have decided to leave the discussion of who Jude was to the scholars and expositors to explore. I am convinced and satisfied that Jude was of God bearing God’s message for all of mankind to hear.

Notice what Jude says, “to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called”. His message as is the case with all New Testament messages is not for the mases but for those who have chosen Christ as their Savior and God as their Father. We are sanctified or separated out by God, away from the unregenerate person. We are preserved in Christ salted with His covenant of life.

“And called”, we are called by God unto salvation. God has chosen us, elected us, called us and predestinated our way to salvation.

“Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will….In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” (Ephesians 1:5,11)

We choose whether or not we are going to make this our destiny or not.

2) Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

This is a true display of brotherly and Godly love when you wish mercy unto someone. Mercy, God’s forgiveness that is given and not earned. Peace and love multiplied or expanded and grown. But imagine if you multiplied peace by love, what would the end result be? Wouldn’t it be mercy?

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.

Jude calls his fellow brother’s in Christ, “beloved” coming from the Greek “agape” which being translated in its simplest form means a Godly love. Jude is telling all that he has given haste and all due diligence and earnest effort to write to everyone about the salvation that is available to everyone.

Jude is showing his passion and compassion for all children of Christ and the significance and weight he is placing on their salvation. He treats this as if it was the most important thing in life because he knows that it is. But he goes on to exhort, to entreat to stop at nothing short of begging his readers to, “earnestly contend for the faith”.

“You that ye should earnestly contend” is transliterated from the Greek word, “epagonizomai”. This is a composite word meaning to contend with adversaries, to fight. It’s actually a sports or contest term. Jude is telling the saints that we must fight for our faith as if there was an enemy we must contend with who is striving to take our faith away. The reality of it all is that it isn’t a metaphor. It is what we are actually challenged with. Picture the Christian in the Roman coliseum fighting the lions. This is the mental picture Jude is drawing in regards to us and our faith. Peter had a similar idea when he said the, “adversary the devil, as a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

We cannot rest on our faith. We must fight for it every second of the day with each breath that we take.


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.

Here Jude reveals who that lion is that we have to contend with. It is someone that has entered into the fold unawares. Someone we know but aren’t cognizant of their purpose. The devil is rarely obvious and almost always stealth, sly and secretive.

Like with Eve, the devil works on our lusts through reason and logic to make available some desire. He turns the will of God into the want of man, lust unbridled our own bellies become our God.

It would be so much easier for the Christian if the devil came at us as a lion and not in the guise of a friend in fellowship. This is why Jude has given haste and all due diligence and earnest effort to write to everyone about our salvation and how we must contend and fight for it all of the time. The devil comes in secret, works in secret, and has nothing but our destruction as his goal and purpose.

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.

Man, especially when blinded by lust has a short memory. Jude is reminding us all what God did when he lead his people out into the wilderness for 40 years. The intent was to kill off an evil generation.

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.

“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment” (2 Peter 2:4).

This is to prove a point. Even angels are not safe from the wiles of the devil nor the wrath of God. Our Lord will have righteousness from all or they all will suffer the same consequence of damnation.

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.

The people of Sodom and Gomorrha went a whoring. Sexual deviance was their lust and desire. “Going after strange flesh” literally means, “one not of the same nature, form, class, kind, different”.

Their sexual appetites were not restricted to heterosexual or homosexual acts, but of every imaginable class or kind of creature.

Jude makes it clear how God used bad for good. Sodom and Gomorrha were to be an example for God’s children of the retribution one is to expect for such deeds and breaking God’s commandments. God didn’t just express anger, Sodom and Gomorrha was a teaching moment that is still teaching today.

8) Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

“But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.” (2 Peter 2:10)

Filthy dreamers or people preoccupied with sex, not only defile themselves and others but despise any dominion, lordship or any superior entity. They speak evil of anyone in authority or power. Lust has taken its next step to rebellion.

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.

This passage has given expositor’s great difficulty. There is no other reference to this event in the Bible. Some believe that it is a reference to an apocryphal book like Jude does in verse 14.

But it does follow suit of the writings of Peter quoted above.

“Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.” (2 Peter 2:11)

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.

We have progressed from a saint, to sinner being driven by lust, to rebellion and now defiance. This is in the attack mode speaking evil about things they really know not about only that it does not agree with their lifestyle and life choices. This person’s mind is closed and heart hardened.

The ruse they are playing on themselves is that they believe they are being “natural” or even “spiritual” not realizing the brute beast inside of them that is guiding their every step.

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.

Woe is a very powerful word. Its opposite would be “blessed”. “Woe unto them”, is stating a divine curse.

“The apostle does not specify the points in which they had imitated the example of Cain, but it was probably in such things as these – pride, haughtiness, the hatred of religion, restlessness under the restraints of virtue, envy that others were more favored, and a spirit of hatred of the brethren which would lead to murder.” (Albert Barnes).

The error of Balaam is the same mistake the church in Pergamos made: “But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.” (Revelations 2:14)

12 & 13) 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; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

“For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.” (1 Corinthians 11:21)

Lustful, boisterous, intellectual, brute beasts, rebellious, clannish and refusing rule and order; these are all characteristics that unfold once someone submits to their lusts. Know it all’s but all the while not knowing the truth, simply seeking for their belly and rebelling against all that contradicts them.

spots in your feasts of charity” They are a pain and an embarrassment.

clouds they are without water” Boisterous and self-important but of no real substance.

carried about of winds” they follow and believe any new doctrine or fad, anything but God.

trees whose fruit withereth” although they act important there is no life in them and everything they get involved with dies or withers away.

Raging waves of the sea”-Angry, always angry at the world and everything in it.

wandering stars” Lost and without God, there is no hope. Ever searching but never finding,

14) And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

“There is, indeed, now an apocryphal writing called “the Book of Enoch,” containing a prediction strongly resembling this, but there is no certain proof that it existed so early as the time of Jude, nor, if it did, is it absolutely certain that he quoted from it.” (Albert Barnes)

“Enoch also, the seventh from Adam” This genealogy can be found in 1 Chronicles 1-2 and shows how old this prophesy is. Enoch knew the Lord was coming!

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.

And the Lord is coming to execute judgment on all. “To convince all that are ungodly” would be more accurately translated, “to convict all that are ungodly” for the ungodly already know they are sinning and are sinners.

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.” (Hebrews 8:10-11)

This is what makes sinning so bad. It is intentional, with knowledge and forethought so therefore it is nothing short of blatant rebellion against God.

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.

Talking bad about God, complaining about their lot in life, striving for nothing other than to satisfy some lust, a lot of big talk and trying to be admired by their peers. Sound familiar?

17 & 18) But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

Peter phrased it this way, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” (2 Peter 3:3-4)

One of the virtues of prophesy is that we should not be surprised or troubled by them when they come to pass. All prophesy is for our benefit. To prepare and anticipate so we can participate in righteousness when the time comes. Never should we be surprised by the times or the people. God has prepared us.

19) These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

The 1599 Geneva Bible responds to this verse by saying, “It is the property of Antichrists to separate themselves from the godly, because they are not governed by the Spirit of God: and contrariwise it is the property of Christians to edify one another through godly prayers both in faith and also in love until the mercy of Christ appears to their full salvation.” (1599 Geneva Bible)

God has consecrated and sanctified His chosen people. Sinners and unregenerated souls do not belong. In fact, those without the spirit pull back from the spirit just as those with the spirit have the same reaction.

20 &21) But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

This gets back to Jude’s original reason for writing this letter when he said, “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.”

We must contend, fight, and build ourselves up in faith! This is a war, it is a battle that we are in and it is over our faith and salvation! Our enemy is the devil and his weapon is lust.

22 & 23) And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

This is a bit of instruction on how we are to save people. Some you save by using compassion while others you literally have to put the fear and fright of Jesus in them to get them to move! Some we have to literally pull out of the fire of Hell to rescue them.

24 & 25) 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, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

With this closing doxology, we give praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is the only one who can pull us out of the fire, keep us from falling and make us presentable to God almighty. To Jesus and Jesus alone belongs glory and majesty, dominion and power.

Bill Hitchcock

Refining Truth

Commentary on the Book of Jude

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