Copyright © T. E. Killian -- Christian Author
In the first verse, the author calls himself “Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ, and brother of James.” Therefore, he is most commonly thought to be Jude, the half-brother of Christ.
The only Jude it could possibly be is one of the apostles but the way he refers to the apostles in in verse 17 leads us to believe that he wasn’t that Jude.
In spite of its limited subject matter and size, Jude was widely accepted by the early church leaders and referred to often by them.
Jude seems to have intended to write on one subject but changed his mind when he heard about the dangerous false teachers. They had already crept into the congregation and Jude heaped condemnation on them (v.13). Their problem was that they were “turning the grace of our God into immorality (v.4). This evidently referred to a humanistic belief that God’s grace entitles believers to do whatever they want morally without having to follow God’s commandments.
The false teachers were motivated by their own sensual lust and desire for financial gain (v. 16). So, Jude wrote this letter as a warning to the believers. Not only did he attack falsehood, he encouraged these believers to stay true to the faith and to reach out compassionately to those who were tempted to compromise with the false teachers (vv. 20-22).
Jude wrote to condemn false teachers who were trying to convince Christians that they could sin because they had been forgiven and God’s grace covered them. Jude wants us to oppose this teaching with the truth about God’s grace.
Words to understand:
able – to be able, have power whether by virtue of one’s own ability and resources, or of a state of mind, or through favorable circumstances, or by permission of law or custom; to be able to do something; to be capable, strong and powerful
keep – to guard; to watch, keep watch; to guard or watch, have an eye upon: lest he escape; to guard a person (or thing) that he may remain safe lest he suffer violence, be despoiled, etc. to protect; to protect one from a person or thing; to keep from being snatched away, preserve safe and unimpaired; to guard from being lost or perishing; to guard one’s self from a thing; to observe for one’s self something to escape, to avoid, shun flee from; to guard for one’s self (i.e. for one’s safety’s sake) so as not to violate, i.e. to keep, observe (the precepts of the Mosaic law)
stumbling – not stumbling, standing firm, exempt from falling
make you stand – to cause or make to stand, to place, put, set; to make firm, fix establish; to establish a thing, cause it to stand; to uphold or sustain the authority or force of anything; to set or place in a balance
presence – over against, before the face of, before the presence of, in the sight of, before; referring to places; metaphorically having one as it were before the eyes, before one as a witness before God as judge
blameless – without blemish; as a sacrifice without spot or blemish; morally: without blemish, faultless, blameless
great joy – exultation, extreme joy, gladness
only – alone (without a companion), forsaken, destitute of help, alone, only, merely
God – God the Father
Savior – savior, redeemer, deliverer, preserver
Jesus – Jehovah is salvation
Christ – the anointed One, the Messiah
Lord – he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord
glory – splendor, brightness; of the moon, sun, stars; magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace; majesty; a thing belonging to God
majesty – majesty, greatness; of the majesty of God
power – force, strength; power, might: mighty with great power; a mighty deed, a work of power; dominion, authority
authority – physical and mental power; the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege); the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed); the power of judicial decisions; one who possesses authority; a ruler, a human magistrate
time – forever, an unbroken age, perpetuity of time, eternity; the worlds, universe; period of time, age
now – at this time, the present, now
forever – forever, an unbroken age, perpetuity of time, eternity; the worlds, universe; period of time, age (same word translated time above)
Amen – verily, amen; at the beginning of a discourse - surely, truly, of a truth; at the end - so it is, so be it, may it be fulfilled. It was a custom, which passed over from the synagogues to the Christian assemblies, that when he who had read or discoursed, had offered up solemn prayer to God, the others responded Amen, and thus made the substance of what was uttered their own.
Jude ends his letter much the same as he began it. He is saying that we can keep away from false teachers. But the only way we can do that is to rely totally on God to guide us in our relations with all teachers.
John 10:29-30, 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.
Verse for May 6
who is able
to keep you from stumbling
to make you stand
in the presence
of His glory,
blameless with great joy,
25 to the only God
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
before all time,
now and forever.
The Easy Study Bible Diagramed
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to bring you faultless and joyful before his glorious presence, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority from all ages past, and now, and forever and ever! Amen.
24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless with great joy, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen.