The Bible Speaks
by Gino Geraci
Likewise, also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries (Jude 8).
In the verse above, the word translated, “authority” (kyriotes) literally means “lordship.” Jude uses the related word, kyrios which is translated, “Lord,” in verses 4,5.
All authority is given by God to Jesus Christ the Lord (John 5:27). Jude is restating the claim that false teachers deny our only Sovereign and Lord by their lawless behavior.
Jesus is Lord of all or not Lord at all.
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Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries (Jude 8).
In Jude 8, the phrase, “defile the flesh” means to corrupt or pollute the flesh. The idea is that false teachers contaminate their own physical bodies. The inescapable meaning here is sexual immorality. False teachers often teach that they are exempt from God’s restrictions and prohibitions concerning sexual immorality.
But the Bible states in 1 Corinthians 6:19,20, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is ( Click for more )
. . . likewise, also these dreamers. . . (Jude 8a).
In the last century the world saw an explosion of false christs and false prophets. They used to be rather obvious. People like Sun Myung Moon, Charles Taze Russel and Herbert W. Armstrong. Some of us are old enough to remember Jim Jones and the People's Temple.
The most effective false prophets and false teachers are the ones who start off looking like real Christians, because most Christians are not taken in by people who are visited by UFO's, alien abductees, or people who dress up in tin foil and receive messages from ( Click for more )
"as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." (Jude 7, NKJV)
Jude began his book to encourage and exhort the saints "concerning our common salvation"(v.3). He then felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to warn the church "to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints"(v.3). False teachers and false teaching had crept into the church ( Click for more )
God Judged the Angels (Jude 6)
"And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day;" (Jude 6, NKJV)
God created angelic beings. The angels were in a position of privilege, but they defied the Lord. Some of the angels revolted and rebelled against God. The Bible speaks of the fall of Lucifer who became Satan in Isaiah 14:12-17, and Ezekiel 28:12-19. Revelation 12:4 reminds us that perhaps as many as one third of the angels were involved in this rebellion. ( Click for more )
But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe (Jude 5, NKJV).
The Need to Remember George Santayana wrote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" (The Life of Reason, Volume 2: Reason and Society).
We all need reminding. I have read the Bible many times and have taught the Bible several years and yet I still come across Scriptures that expose my sin, comfort my heart, motivate my soul, and feed my spirit.
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"For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ." (Jude 4, NKJV)
As we already covered in Jude 1-3, the presence of false teachers and false teaching made it necessary to fight for the faith (pistis). The fight is against apostates. An apostate is not a true believer in the Jesus who is revealed in the Old and New Testaments, but rather is a person who, according to Warren Wiersbe, “has professed to ( Click for more )
"Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3 NJKV).
In part one of Jude three, I wrote about the fact that Jude was a reluctant counter-cult apologist. He wrote his words of warning not because he wanted to, but because he found it absolutely necessary to do so. While Peter had warned that false teachers were coming, Jude warned that they had arrived. Their arrival prompted Jude to exhort ( Click for more )
"Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3,4 NKJV).
Jude’s first choice was to write about “our common salvation.” Few things are more frustrating than to sit down in your study and prepare a message only to find that the Holy Spirit desires an entirely different message. Jude wanted to write a careful compilation and positive presentation of the doctrines of the Christian ( Click for more )
"Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you" (Jude 2, NKJV).
The Greek word for mercy is eleos. Eleos is the outward manifestation of pity; it assumes need on the part of him who receives it, and resources adequate to meet the need on the part of the one who shows it. Thus mercy is always given to those in need by someone who has the ability and resources to meet the need. Mercy is more than something God gives us; it is also something He expects from us. Mercy is in part mutual kindness owed in mutual relationships.
Before the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus ( Click for more )
Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ" (Jude 1, NKJV).
Half Brother and Bond Slave of Jesus
Matthew 13:55 and Mark 6:3 make it clear Jude, or Yehudas, was the half-brother of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Mary, the mother of Jesus, had no other children. Catholic Church sources believe the brothers of Jesus are actually cousins. Some suggest those brothers and sisters were children from a previous marriage of Joseph, but there ( Click for more )
Scholars suggest the short but powerful book of Jude was written sometime after 64 AD, but before 80 AD. The book was written to Christians familiar with the Old Testament. In this letter there are 613 words, 25 verses, one chapter, and eight illustrations from the Old Testament.
The book of Jude is a warning against apostasy and apostates. It begins in verses 1,2 with Jude’s prayer and description of true believers (those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ). Verses 3,4 continue with Jude's initial plan, prophetic perception, and ( Click for more )
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