So far, in our studies in the Epistle of Jude we looked at Jude’s greeting. This included who wrote the letter, who the letter was to, and a beautiful short prayer for the saints in vs 1-2. Next in verse 4 Jude states the reason for writing this letter. “For certain ones have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”
In verses 5 there is a transition which carries through until verse 16; in these verses Jude unpacks verse 4. He uses two groups of three Old Testament examples of God’s righteous judgment. The first set is in verses 5-7: the unbelieving Jews, the fallen angels, and Sodom and Gomorrah. The second set are of individuals; the way of Cain, the error of Balaam, and last, the rebellion of Korah in verse 11. Jude compares those two groups with the certain ones who have crept in, in verse 8 and also verses 12-13. With the goal of showing the elect in Christ that these certain ones who crept in will also be rightly judged!
Since verses 5-16 comprise one large section of Jude’s letter concerning God’s judgment, we’ll handle it over two sermons. First, we’ll look at verses 5-13 and center on the judgment of God. We’ll open these verses up in three heads: first, judgment from a place of favor (vss. 5-7); second, judgment from a place of sinfulness (vss. 8-11) and last, the eternal result of judgment (vs 12–13).
Then, next time, in the second sermon from this text, we’ll focus in on verses 8-16 where we’ll look at the nature or characteristics of these certain ones, comparing that to the elect in Christ.
We encourage you to read Jude this week prior to Sunday’s service, especially Jude vs 5-16.
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