The Third Epistle of JUDE
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But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference:

And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. 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, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (Jude 1:17-25)

The Epistle of JUDE

The author of this letter is identified as "Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James" (Jude 1:1). In the early church, there was only one James who could be referred to in this way without further specification; namely, "James, the Lord's brother" (Gal, 1:19. see introduction to James). This Jude was most likely the same one who is listed as one of the half-brothers of the Lord Jesus (Matt. 13:55; Mark 6:3; Acts 1:13).

There are differing views concerning the recipients of the Book of Jude. Some scholars feel that he wrote to believers in the churches of Asia Minor, to whom also the Book of 2 Peter was directed. Others support the view that Jude wrote to believers in Palestine who would have been familiar with the references to Jewish history (Jude 1:7 -11).

Little is known of the circumstances of those to whom Jude addresses this letter, and no one knows the precise time when the book was written. It has been suggested that the Book of 2 Peter sparked the ideas that Jude wrote in his epistle (2 Pet. 2:1 -3:3, of Jude 1:3 -18). Consequently, Jude is thought to have written this book after Peter's death, hut before the destruction of Jerusalem (AD. 70).

Both Peter and Jude were alarmed at the great number of false teachers that were being accepted in the churches (see introduction to 2 Peter). Serious apostasy, similar to the one of which Paul had spoken (cf. Acts 20:29 - 31), seems to have been prevalent in Jude's day (Jude 1:4). Therefore, Jude urged these believers to "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 1:3).
  [Source for Introduction of chapter: Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible KJV edited by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D. AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN 37422]

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