In this study, we are reading through the Epistle of Jude. Jude is more of a sermon in letter form written as an exhortation to a community of believers. The overall purpose of Jude is to appeal to the faith once delivered against certain false teachers. For background on this study, I have used Luke Timothy Johnson’s The Writings of the New Testament, David Bentley Hart’s translation and notations in his translation of the New Testament, and the Book of Enoch from which Jude quotes and references extensively. This study is for one to two weeks.
In his letter, Jude gives us the example of three groups of people who incurred divine judgment and three examples of corrupt teachers all within the Old Testament.
Jude is one of the few places in the New Testament where the persons of the Trinity are explictly mentioned together and their unique role is explained.
Jude tells us, that in Christ, we too are being made perfect so that we too may stand upright in the presence of God’s glory so that we too will be without blemish.
Jude’s only quotation from any source is the Book of Enoch in vv. 14-15.