Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
Jesus’s brother is addressing the false teachers even though he was intending to write a letter to his friends about salvation. He reminds his readers that they shared a common salvation and alerted them to continue to be vigilant in contending for their faith. Juse then tells them how their opponents vices (vs.4). He explains the judgment that has already come from God in verses 5-7 & 8-10. Then Jude compares them to three men who went astray in the past – Cain, Balaam, Korah placed the ungodly in the same category. He closes the book with the prophecy of Enoch. Outside of these warnings from Jude, we see God’s stunning grace in verses 24-25
What is one key verse?
Jude 1:20-23 “But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.”
How does what you read change your vision of God?
I would not say this changes my vision about God but instead reiterates the love God has for His people. He doesn’t want us to be caught off guard or not well equipped for all his works. He is hoping that we are making every effort to add to our faith (2 Peter 1:3-11) – with that, being aware of who is around us.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
We see the principles with today’s false teachers – errant teaching and promiscuous living will have dire consequences. Jude was writing (contending) to the believers because of their lives. He was persistent in warning them to not give up on the love of God in this crucial time in their lives and the life of the church.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
In the beginning of Jude, he refers to himself as “ a slave to Jesus Christ and a brother of James ” – he did not let his birth dictate his “authority” in the letter but instead assured the readers that he was a follower of his Savior. I love that! It calls me higher as a disciple – I want to be known for who I follow and what I do as a follower instead of “who I know” or “who I am related to”. Which in turn helps me see others in faith in a similar way.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
He is everywhere! Jesus warned us constantly about the unrepentant towns (Matthew 11:20-24) or the teachers and the experts of the Law, who were not teaching according to the scriptures (Luke 11:37-54). So for his own brother to continue to remind us of a similar character in those who are around us – we ought to take note.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE
I pray you all enjoy the season – though we all may be apart from the ones we normally would spend the time with – we are all together in spirit.