Jude 1   MSG   I, Jude, am a slave to Jesus Christ and brother to James,
Most scholars believe this Jude is the same one mentioned in  Matthew 13:55 . In  13:54  Jesus is in His home town speaking.
Matthew 13:55   MSG   But in the next breath they were cutting him down: "We've known him since he was a kid; he's th...
We know his mother, Mary. We know his brothers James and Joseph, Simon and Judas.
It is believed Paul refers to Jude’s brother James in  Galatians 1:19   MSG   Except for our Master's brother James, I saw...
This James was not one of the Twelve, but rose to great dignity and influence in the church at Jerusalem.
He is called here "the brother of the Lord," to distinguish him from "James, the son of Zebedee," and
"James, the son of Alpheus," who were of the Twelve.  (PNT)
There is evidence later in this letter to support the idea that Jude was NOT an apostle.
If he was Jesus brother or not does not change the message contained in this letter.
writing to those loved by God the Father, called and kept safe by Jesus Christ.  It is obvious this letter is addressed to...
It doesn’t seem to be directed to Christians living in any particular location, but rather Christians everywhere.
Jude  2   Relax, everything's going to be all right; rest, everything's coming together; open your hearts, love is on the ...
3   Dear friends, I've dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common.
His thought was that when he proposed to write diligently and carefully some need impelled him to write at once, more brie...
I have to write insisting--begging!--that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gi...
He exhorts to fight, contend for the faith delivered once for all, the faith without innovation, the gospel of the apostle...
from the adulterations of false teachers. The doctrine of a progressive revelation after the apostles is not found in the ...
4  What has happened is that some people have infiltrated our ranks  Men who have crept in without their character being u...
(our Scriptures warned us this would happen),  Their coming was predicted .  who beneath their pious skin are shameless sc...
Their design is to replace the sheer grace of our God with sheer license-- Instead of self-restraint they live lascivious ...
which means doing away with Jesus Christ, our one and only Master.
5   I'm laying this out as clearly as I can, even though you once knew all this well enough and shouldn't need reminding.
Here it is in brief: The Master saved a people out of the land of Egypt. Later he destroyed those who defected.
6   And you know the story of the angels who didn't stick to their post, abandoning it for other, darker missions.
But they are now chained and jailed in a black hole until the great Judgment Day.
Peter & Jude seem to have written parallel letters.  2 Peter 2:4   MSG   God didn't let the rebel angels off the hook, but...
In order to show that judgments on these wicked teachers are sure, Peter cites examples. Even angels when they sinned were...
Jude 7   Sodom and Gomorrah, which went to sexual rack and ruin along with the surrounding cities that acted just like the...
For their lasciviousness terrible destruction came upon them.  (PNT)   Burning and burning and never burning up, they serv...
Utterly destroyed by fire they are an example that points to the eternal fire.  (PNT)
8   This is exactly the same program of these latest infiltrators: dirty sex, rule and rulers thrown out, glory dragged in...
2 Peter 2:10   MSG   God is especially incensed against these "teachers" who live by lust, addicted to a filthy ...
They despise interference from true authority, preferring to indulge in self-rule. Insolent egotists, they don't hesitate ...
Jude 9   The Archangel Michael, who went to the mat with the Devil as they fought over the body of Moses,
wouldn't have dared level him with a blasphemous curse, but said simply, "No you don't. God will take care of you!&qu...
Michael is brought forward as a contrast with those who speak evil of dignities.
He is called by Daniel "the Great Prince," and here the archangel, or head angel.
Yet in addressing the devil, a fallen angel, he did not rail at him, but only said,  "No you don't. God will take car...
The reference is not to a statement of the Bible, but to a Jewish tradition which held that the burial place of Moses was ...
10  But these people sneer at anything they can't understand,  Of spiritual and unseen things.
and by doing whatever they feel like doing--living by animal instinct only--they participate in their own destruction.
By the natural senses. In these things they corrupt themselves.
11   I'm fed up with them!  The denunciation of woes, common in the Lord's ministry, is only found here in all the rest of...
They've gone down Cain's road; they've been sucked into Balaam's error by greed; they're canceled out in Korah's rebellion.
Like Balaam trying to make a gain of godliness.
12   These people are warts on your love feasts as you worship and eat together.   They engaged in revelings at the  Agape...
They're giving you a black eye--carousing shamelessly, grabbing anything that isn't nailed down.
They're-- Puffs of smoke pushed by gusts of wind; late autumn trees stripped clean of leaf and fruit, Doubly dead, pulled ...
13   wild ocean waves leaving nothing on the beach but the foam of their shame; Lost stars in outer space on their way to ...
2 Peter 2:13   MSG   Their evil will boomerang on them.  Their destruction is the legitimate reward of their own wrong doi...
They're so despicable and addicted to pleasure that they indulge in wild parties, carousing in broad daylight.
I believe that the idea is that, like dumb brutes forgetful of coming destruction, they take pleasure in carousal for a da...
14   They're obsessed with adultery,  Looking around with a lustful appetite.  compulsive in sin, seducing every vulnerabl...
Their specialty is greed, and they're experts at it. Dead souls!   15   They've left the main road and are directionless,
having taken the way of Balaam, son of Beor, the prophet who turned profiteer, a connoisseur of evil.
Balaam sold himself out to an evil cause for the sake of gain. (PNT)
16   But Balaam was stopped in his wayward tracks: A dumb animal spoke in a human voice and prevented the prophet's crazin...
17   There's nothing to these people--they're dried-up fountains,  They promise much but disappoint.
storm-scattered clouds,  These clouds promise rain, but it fails to descend.
headed for a black hole in hell.  For these apostates the " black hole in hell is reserved."   (PNT)
Jude 14   Enoch, the seventh after Adam,  To the Jew there was a sacredness in seven. (PNT)
prophesied of them:  These blasphemers. The prophecy is quoted.  "Look! The Master comes with thousands of holy angel...
15   to bring judgment against them all,  For a general judgment.  Convicting  To convict all ungodly men of their ungodly...
each person of every defiling act of shameless sacrilege, of every dirty word they have spewed of their pious filth."
Scholars accept Enoch’s prophecy might have been handed down verbally.
16  These are the "grumpers,"   the bellyachers,  They murmur at God's providence and complain of his laws.
grabbing for the biggest piece of the pie, talking big, saying anything they think will get them ahead.
17   But remember, dear friends, that the apostles of our Master, Jesus Christ, told us this would happen:
Here is the indication Jude is NOT one of the 12 apostles.  He doesn’t seem to include himself in the,  apostles of our Ma...
18   "In the last days there will be people who don't take these things seriously anymore.
They'll treat them like a joke, and make a religion of their own whims and lusts."
2 Peter 3:3   MSG   First off, you need to know that in the last days, mockers are going to have a heyday.
Reducing everything to the level of their puny feelings,   4   they'll mock, "So what's happened to the promise of hi...
Our ancestors are dead and buried, and everything's going on just as it has from the first day of creation. Nothing's chan...
This question is asked by the  mockers , as though the coming of Christ was so long delayed that all hope had ended.
They take advantage of the disappointment to try to destroy faith.
Jude 19   These are the ones who split churches, thinking only of themselves. There's nothing to them, no sign of the Spir...
20   But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith  Instead of separating from the faith
by praying in the Holy Spirit,  pray as spiritual men.  21   staying right at the center of God's love,  By holy lives and...
keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the r...
22   Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith.  The thought is to be very gentle and pitiful to those disturbed by doubt...
23   Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin.   The sin itself stinks to high h...
By snatching away from sin by the most vigorous effort. By stern preaching.
24   And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating--
25   to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all t...
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  1. 1. Jude 1 MSG I, Jude, am a slave to Jesus Christ and brother to James,
  2. 2. Most scholars believe this Jude is the same one mentioned in Matthew 13:55 . In 13:54 Jesus is in His home town speaking.
  3. 3. Matthew 13:55 MSG But in the next breath they were cutting him down: "We've known him since he was a kid; he's the carpenter's son.
  4. 4. We know his mother, Mary. We know his brothers James and Joseph, Simon and Judas.
  5. 5. It is believed Paul refers to Jude’s brother James in Galatians 1:19 MSG Except for our Master's brother James, I saw no other apostles.
  6. 6. This James was not one of the Twelve, but rose to great dignity and influence in the church at Jerusalem.
  7. 7. He is called here "the brother of the Lord," to distinguish him from "James, the son of Zebedee," and
  8. 8. "James, the son of Alpheus," who were of the Twelve. (PNT)
  9. 9. There is evidence later in this letter to support the idea that Jude was NOT an apostle.
  10. 10. If he was Jesus brother or not does not change the message contained in this letter.
  11. 11. writing to those loved by God the Father, called and kept safe by Jesus Christ. It is obvious this letter is addressed to Christians.
  12. 12. It doesn’t seem to be directed to Christians living in any particular location, but rather Christians everywhere.
  13. 13. Jude 2 Relax, everything's going to be all right; rest, everything's coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!
  14. 14. 3 Dear friends, I've dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common.
  15. 15. His thought was that when he proposed to write diligently and carefully some need impelled him to write at once, more briefly perhaps than he had purposed. (PNT)
  16. 16. I have to write insisting--begging!--that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish.
  17. 17. He exhorts to fight, contend for the faith delivered once for all, the faith without innovation, the gospel of the apostles in distinction
  18. 18. from the adulterations of false teachers. The doctrine of a progressive revelation after the apostles is not found in the New Testament. (PNT)
  19. 19. 4 What has happened is that some people have infiltrated our ranks Men who have crept in without their character being understood.
  20. 20. (our Scriptures warned us this would happen), Their coming was predicted . who beneath their pious skin are shameless scoundrels.
  21. 21. Their design is to replace the sheer grace of our God with sheer license-- Instead of self-restraint they live lascivious lives.
  22. 22. which means doing away with Jesus Christ, our one and only Master.
  23. 23. 5 I'm laying this out as clearly as I can, even though you once knew all this well enough and shouldn't need reminding.
  24. 24. Here it is in brief: The Master saved a people out of the land of Egypt. Later he destroyed those who defected.
  25. 25. 6 And you know the story of the angels who didn't stick to their post, abandoning it for other, darker missions.
  26. 26. But they are now chained and jailed in a black hole until the great Judgment Day.
  27. 27. Peter & Jude seem to have written parallel letters. 2 Peter 2:4 MSG God didn't let the rebel angels off the hook, but jailed them in hell till Judgment Day.
  28. 28. In order to show that judgments on these wicked teachers are sure, Peter cites examples. Even angels when they sinned were subjected to punishment.
  29. 29. Jude 7 Sodom and Gomorrah, which went to sexual rack and ruin along with the surrounding cities that acted just like them, are another example.
  30. 30. For their lasciviousness terrible destruction came upon them. (PNT) Burning and burning and never burning up, they serve still as a stock warning.
  31. 31. Utterly destroyed by fire they are an example that points to the eternal fire. (PNT)
  32. 32. 8 This is exactly the same program of these latest infiltrators: dirty sex, rule and rulers thrown out, glory dragged in the mud.
  33. 33. 2 Peter 2:10 MSG God is especially incensed against these "teachers" who live by lust, addicted to a filthy existence.
  34. 34. They despise interference from true authority, preferring to indulge in self-rule. Insolent egotists, they don't hesitate to speak evil against the most splendid of creatures.
  35. 35. Jude 9 The Archangel Michael, who went to the mat with the Devil as they fought over the body of Moses,
  36. 36. wouldn't have dared level him with a blasphemous curse, but said simply, "No you don't. God will take care of you!"
  37. 37. Michael is brought forward as a contrast with those who speak evil of dignities.
  38. 38. He is called by Daniel "the Great Prince," and here the archangel, or head angel.
  39. 39. Yet in addressing the devil, a fallen angel, he did not rail at him, but only said, "No you don't. God will take care of you!"
  40. 40. The reference is not to a statement of the Bible, but to a Jewish tradition which held that the burial place of Moses was placed under the charge of Michael. (PNT)
  41. 41. 10 But these people sneer at anything they can't understand, Of spiritual and unseen things.
  42. 42. and by doing whatever they feel like doing--living by animal instinct only--they participate in their own destruction.
  43. 43. By the natural senses. In these things they corrupt themselves.
  44. 44. 11 I'm fed up with them! The denunciation of woes, common in the Lord's ministry, is only found here in all the rest of the New Testament.
  45. 45. They've gone down Cain's road; they've been sucked into Balaam's error by greed; they're canceled out in Korah's rebellion.
  46. 46. Like Balaam trying to make a gain of godliness.
  47. 47. 12 These people are warts on your love feasts as you worship and eat together. They engaged in revelings at the Agape, the love feasts. (PNT)
  48. 48. They're giving you a black eye--carousing shamelessly, grabbing anything that isn't nailed down.
  49. 49. They're-- Puffs of smoke pushed by gusts of wind; late autumn trees stripped clean of leaf and fruit, Doubly dead, pulled up by the roots;
  50. 50. 13 wild ocean waves leaving nothing on the beach but the foam of their shame; Lost stars in outer space on their way to the black hole.
  51. 51. 2 Peter 2:13 MSG Their evil will boomerang on them. Their destruction is the legitimate reward of their own wrong doing. (PNT)
  52. 52. They're so despicable and addicted to pleasure that they indulge in wild parties, carousing in broad daylight.
  53. 53. I believe that the idea is that, like dumb brutes forgetful of coming destruction, they take pleasure in carousal for a day, regardless of the morrow. (PNT)
  54. 54. 14 They're obsessed with adultery, Looking around with a lustful appetite. compulsive in sin, seducing every vulnerable soul they come upon.
  55. 55. Their specialty is greed, and they're experts at it. Dead souls! 15 They've left the main road and are directionless,
  56. 56. having taken the way of Balaam, son of Beor, the prophet who turned profiteer, a connoisseur of evil.
  57. 57. Balaam sold himself out to an evil cause for the sake of gain. (PNT)
  58. 58. 16 But Balaam was stopped in his wayward tracks: A dumb animal spoke in a human voice and prevented the prophet's craziness.
  59. 59. 17 There's nothing to these people--they're dried-up fountains, They promise much but disappoint.
  60. 60. storm-scattered clouds, These clouds promise rain, but it fails to descend.
  61. 61. headed for a black hole in hell. For these apostates the " black hole in hell is reserved." (PNT)
  62. 62. Jude 14 Enoch, the seventh after Adam, To the Jew there was a sacredness in seven. (PNT)
  63. 63. prophesied of them: These blasphemers. The prophecy is quoted. "Look! The Master comes with thousands of holy angels
  64. 64. 15 to bring judgment against them all, For a general judgment. Convicting To convict all ungodly men of their ungodly deeds.
  65. 65. each person of every defiling act of shameless sacrilege, of every dirty word they have spewed of their pious filth."
  66. 66. Scholars accept Enoch’s prophecy might have been handed down verbally.
  67. 67. 16 These are the "grumpers," the bellyachers, They murmur at God's providence and complain of his laws.
  68. 68. grabbing for the biggest piece of the pie, talking big, saying anything they think will get them ahead.
  69. 69. 17 But remember, dear friends, that the apostles of our Master, Jesus Christ, told us this would happen:
  70. 70. Here is the indication Jude is NOT one of the 12 apostles. He doesn’t seem to include himself in the, apostles of our Master, Jesus Christ
  71. 71. 18 "In the last days there will be people who don't take these things seriously anymore.
  72. 72. They'll treat them like a joke, and make a religion of their own whims and lusts."
  73. 73. 2 Peter 3:3 MSG First off, you need to know that in the last days, mockers are going to have a heyday.
  74. 74. Reducing everything to the level of their puny feelings, 4 they'll mock, "So what's happened to the promise of his Coming?
  75. 75. Our ancestors are dead and buried, and everything's going on just as it has from the first day of creation. Nothing's changed."
  76. 76. This question is asked by the mockers , as though the coming of Christ was so long delayed that all hope had ended.
  77. 77. They take advantage of the disappointment to try to destroy faith.
  78. 78. Jude 19 These are the ones who split churches, thinking only of themselves. There's nothing to them, no sign of the Spirit!
  79. 79. 20 But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith Instead of separating from the faith
  80. 80. by praying in the Holy Spirit, pray as spiritual men. 21 staying right at the center of God's love, By holy lives and prayer.
  81. 81. keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!
  82. 82. 22 Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. The thought is to be very gentle and pitiful to those disturbed by doubt. (PNT)
  83. 83. 23 Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven.
  84. 84. By snatching away from sin by the most vigorous effort. By stern preaching.
  85. 85. 24 And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating--
  86. 86. 25 to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time. Yes.

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