Jude was a servant of Jesus and the brother of James the Just. He urges his readers to beware the apostates. And to contend for the faith.
AUTHOR. The writer introduces himself by saying “Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ, and a brother of James.”
What does that mean? Here are three possibilities:
- Judas, a half brother of Jesus Christ
- Judas, the apostle
- Judas, a leader in the early days of the church of Jerusalem
RECIPIENTS. Christian Jews of Palestine who were gathered into local fellowships.
DATE. Most scholars estimate the date as between 67 and 80 AD.
PURPOSE: Jude urges his readers to beware the apostates. And to contend for the faith.
In those days, the heresy of Gnosticism was incipient. It was highly dualistic, declaring that “spirit” was good and “physical” was evil. It enshrined secret knowledge, and denied the lordship of Jesus Christ.
Jude 1:24. Now to him who is able to keep them from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory in great joy,
Jude 1:25. to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.
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