Jude wants his readers to defend the faith. Therefore, his letter is designed to be an apologetic for apologists. Jude is writing to those in the church who are facing the attacks of the Devil. He is appealing that they would “contend earnestly for the faith.” He makes the argument why every Christian should be well versed in apologetics. There are people within the church who are abandoning the faith, reinventing the faith, and using the faith for their own desires. Specifically, he is speaking of those who are like this and stay in the church and become defiling influences within the church. He identifies them as “[S]pots in your love feasts” (Jude 1:12).
In Jude, God is glorifying Himself through Christians earnestly contending for the faith, so that He might demonstrate His superior goodness in the salvation sinners, the damnation of the wicked, and for the preservation of His people, for His eternal glory, and their eternal joy.
He is the brother of Jesus, and “Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James…” (Jude 1:1).
Jude addresses his letter “to those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:1).
“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. 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; 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.”
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
What three evil men from the Old Testament does Jude mention?
Cain, Balaam, and Korah (Jude 1:11).
To what kind of clouds does Jude compare the men who had crept into the church?
Clouds without water, carried about by the winds (Jude 1:12).
Who does Jude quote as having prophesied against these men?
Enoch (Jude 1:14).