This week we finished working through Jude, In this final section (17-25), Jude turns from describing the false teachers (5-16) to giving practical counsel on how to respond to them. His instruction can be broken down into four parts: (1) Remember the words of the apostles [17-19]; (2) Keep yourselves in the love of God [20-21]; (3) Show mercy to those in danger [22-23]; (4) Praise the one who is able to keep you from stumbling [24-25]
Interested in hearing more? You can listen to the audio below and follow along with the handout.
As we move into the main body of the letter, Jude describes the false teachers through the lens of a series of types from the OT and Jewish literature (5-16). The types occur in groups of three, and are followed by a direct correlation to the false teachers using the word “these.”
One of the pressing issues that these verses raise is Jude’s use of non-canonical Jewish literature. He uses material from 1 Enoch and Testament of Moses as part of his typological depiction of the false teachers. Yet his use of these sources does not automatically indicate he viewed them as Scripture; it simply means he believed that the sections he uses communicated true things.
Interested in learning more? You can listen to the audio below and follow along with the handout.
Jude is one of the most neglected books in the NT. Whether because of its size or some of the unusual material within it, many in the church either ignore it or know little about it. Yet Jude’s warning about false teaching and the call to persevere in the true gospel desperately need to be heard in today’s church.
This past Sunday I began a 12 week class on Jude and 2 Peter at my church (Christ’s Covenant Church). Our first session covered the introduction to Jude and the first four verses. You can listen to the audio below and follow along with the provided handout.
P.S. Teaching through Jude and 2 Peter is an outflow of a short commentary on these two letters that I am writing for Crossway in the ESV Bible Expositional Commentary series.