Judah, one of Jesus' half brothers, wrote the book of Jude to Messianic believers who were familiar with Old Testament scriptures and Jewish literature. He uses these texts to refute corrupt teachers who lived immoral lives. Not only does he illustrate God's judgment on rebellion, but he warns against rebels corrupting other people.
He then challenges the church to contend for the faith and stay faithful to God. As God's new temple, believers must build their lives on the core message of Jesus and then pray, love and obey. Their lives must reflect their faith because God's grace through Jesus demands a whole-life response that includes moral living. The way they live is the most reliable indicator of what they actually believe.
Contend For Faith
Believers must contend for true Christian faith and deal with corrupt teachers who betrayed Jesus by infiltrating the church with immoral living and distorted grace.
Rebellion & Justice
Judah uses Old Testament and Jewish literature to demonstrate how rebellious people receive divine justice and warn against rebellious, corrupt teachers who reject God's messengers.
Old Testament examples about rebels who corrupt other people are metaphors for teachers whose self-absorption and trail of chaos betray their claim to follow Jesus.
Judah gives the church ancient and recent warnings to deal with corrupt teachers. They distort Jesus' good news, but God's justice on evil is coming.
Build a New Temple
The book of Jude reminds believers in God's new temple to build faithfully on Jesus' message, pray, love, obey and stay alert for His return.