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The Book of Jude   
 


The Book of Jude is also called the Epistle of Jude. It was a letter from Jude to all Christians. 
 
Jude was the half-brother of Jesus. He only became saved after Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection.
 

In his letter, Jude makes these main points:

He talks about false teachers.
He talks about the dangers of immoral behavior.
He reminds that God punishes sinners.
He talks about how Christians should behave until Jesus comes back to earth.
 

Jude 1

This letter is from Jude. I am a servant of Jesus Christ, and I am James' brother.  I am writing to the people who are made clean by God the Father and preserved by Jesus Christ. I send much mercy and peace to you. 
[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:
[2] Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

Loved ones, I have worked hard to write to you about salvation. We have this in common. I am really hoping you will fight for the faith. This faith was given to the saints. We must defend it.
[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.

There are some men who have sneaked into our people.  We were warned of this a long time ago. They are ungodly men.  They turn God's grace into something bad. They deny our Lord God, the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

[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.

I am reminding you of how the Lord saved the people out of the land of Egypt. Later, He destroyed everyone who did not believe.

[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.

There were angels who did not do the right things. They left their places. God has places reserved for them. They will be in chains in darkness until the day of judgment
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[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.

Remember Sodom and Gomorrha and the cities who were like them. They commited sexual sins. They were punished with eternal fire.
[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 I am talking about are like these. They are dirty, and they don't obey God.

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

Michael, the archangel, argued with the devil about the body of Moses.  He did not accuse the devil, but he told him that the Lord would punish him.

[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.

But these people talk bad about things they don't know about. They will end up getting destroyed.
[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.

They will have trouble! They have sinned like Cain. They have chased money like Balaam. They have rebelled like Korah.
[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.

They spoil your meals when they eat with you. They are like clouds without water. They float around in the wind.  They are like trees with withered fruit. They get pulled up by the roots.
[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;

They are like angry waves in the sea. Their shame is like foam. They are wandering stars who will be in darkness forever.

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

Enoch, who was in the seventh generation from Adam, told about these things. He said, "Look, the Lord comes with 10,000 of His saints.
He will judge everyone. He will punish the people who have sinned against Him."
[14] 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.

They are people who complain, commit sexual sins, brag on themselves, and take advantage of other people.

[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.

But, loved ones, remember what Jesus' apostles said. They warned us about people who would make fun of us. They said they would make fun of us and follow their own desires in the last days.
[17] But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
[18] How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

These are people who do not have the Spirit.
[19] These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

But, loved ones, keep praying and building your strong faith.

[20] But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

Keep yourselves in God's love. Look for God's mercy for eternal life.

[21] Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Help people who need help. Try to help people who are going through hard times.
[22] And of some have compassion, making a difference:

Save others like you would save them from a fire. Hate even the clothes that are dirty from sin.

[23] And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

Only God can keep you from falling and make you pure and joyful in His glorious presence. Before time began and now and forevermore, God is worthy of glory, honor, power, and authority. Amen.  
[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,
[25] To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.


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