Jude confronts corrupt teachers who distort the message about his brother Jesus and lead others astray.
The book of Judah illustrates God's judgment on rebellion, while warning against the rebels who are corrupting other people. Judah 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.
A Call to Live By Example
Written by one of Jesus’ half brothers Judah, the book of Just is a message to Jesus’ Jewish followers. Judah assumes a deep familiarity with the Hebrew Bible and Jewish literature, and he uses these texts to refute corrupt teachers who lived immoral lives.
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 and Justice
Judah uses Old Testament and Jewish literature to demonstrate how rebellious people receive divine justice. It is a warnning against 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 warns against corrupt teachers. They're distorting Jesus' good news, but God's justice on evil is coming.
Build a New Temple
The book of Jude reminds believers to build faithfully on Jesus' message. They are to pray, love, obey, and stay alert for his return.