Letter of Jude or Epistle of Jude

The Letter of Jude

The letter of Jude

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The Letter of Jude or The Epistle of Jude is a text of the Christian New Testament. It was authored by Jude who was brother to James the Just. It is considered to be among the shortest texts in the Bible, including only 25 verses. It is extremely difficult to assign a date to Jude, as very little about the intricate personal details of the author come to light through the Biblical books themselves. The only clue that is available to the present-day readers regarding its date comes from the striking similarities between this book and the Second Epistle of Peter. From that, we can surmise that the Letter of Jude Epistle of Jude was written sometime before 64 AD.

In the letter of Jude, Jude speaks up against the vices of apostasy and the practices of false teachers. After starting with an introduction in which he refers to the Christians as possessions of Lord Jesus Christ who was sanctified by God and kept for Him until his Second Coming, he exhorts them to strive earnestly to achieve the faith that was originally delivered to all the saints. The specialty of this faith lied in the fact that it was different from all idiosyncrasies and speculations that are common to man. It is a doctrine of Christ which is given to the saints for once and for all, and cannot be altered or superseded. Unlike the claims proposed by false teachers, it is not some esoteric doctrine. The false teachers made tall claims of having knowledge that was the privilege of only the chosen few. In their boastfulness, they considered themselves to be a part of the closest circle of members to the God; something that was an illusion from the start.

Hence the letter of Jude establishes the truth from the start that all who love and seek Lord Jesus Christ will be able to partake of this faith; it is common to all and not some special group of people as the false teachers would have people believe. Jude then speaks of the divine punishment that will come to all those who resist truth and do not keep with the divine word. The sins that are the most punishable include those of unbelief or lack of faith, pride and sensuality.

Jude also mentions three other types of sin that should be avoided. First of these is the sin of self-righteousness, which is associated with Cain’s way. Next is avarice, aptly known as way of Balaam; the tendency to only seek earthly possessions and make our relation to the God secondary to advantages gained from material wealth. Finally there is way of Korah, which involves the sins of pride and rebelliousness that is eventually followed by destruction.

Jude then goes on to say in the letter of Jude how we can get rid of ourselves of these faults. He says that by focusing on the virtues and graces of Lord Christ, we will be able to remove all evil from ourselves. A disciplined life is necessary for the followers of Christ to forever be in the path of righteousness.  Sign up now to receive daily bible quotes from the Letter of Jude or any book of the bible.

Letter of Jude or Epistle of Jude Chapters

Chapter 1