Summary: A throrough study of the book of Jude with illustrations, outlines, etc.
Jude: Getting Ready For The Fight
A Conversational Commentary on the Book of Jude
By Pastor David M. Wilson
Grant Avenue Baptist Church
2215 Grant Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
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I wanted to provide interesting illustrations that would make the reader smile. I wanted to provide a spoonful of scholarly work that would offer blessing but not prove overwhelming to the reader. I wanted to provide practical application and point the believer to a closer walk with God. In short, I wanted it to be much like my preaching.
Most of all, I wanted to provide a simple book that assisted the reader with comprehending the overall context of the letter written by Jude. The passages found in this letter fit together as neatly as the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. However, there is little puzzling about how it all fits together if the reader is paying attention. Jude’s letter is not a rambling document that bounces back and forth between varying topics. Jude doesn’t do his impression of Elmer Fudd (and too many of us pastors) and go chasing rabbits. His words have a very careful order and progression and I believe that far too many preachers and pastors miss the message of the book by preaching select portions of it out of context.
Jude’s theme is quite clear. It is a loud call to the church to stop ignoring the heretics that have found shelter in its branches (See Matthew 13) and to get up and fight. They weren’t to fight over prominence or position. Jude calls his readers to get up and defend the faith. Church, get your guard up and get ready for the fight.
I’ve always been intrigued by the relationship between II Peter and Jude. One of my first thoughts at discovering the striking similarities between them was that somebody copied somebody. Why did these guys feel that they had to copy off of each other? Isn’t plagiarism wrong?
The Apostle Paul told Timothy to copy his preaching and teaching ministry. He said, “What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.“ (II Timothy 1:13) He further said, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” (II Timothy 2:2) In the book of Titus the Apostle Paul tells Titus exactly what messages to pass on to the various groups in the church.
If Paul’s messages were worth repeating then it obviously was appropriate for Jude to copy Peter’s message (or vice versa). Now, that leads us to the next question—Why do I suggest it was Jude who did the copying? First, Peter declares that the false teachers will come and Jude declares that they have come. Second, Peter was an apostle and Jude was not. Therefore, based on these two pieces of circumstantial evidence, I will declare my firm belief that it was Jude who did the copying and likely Peter would have nodded in assent. Of course, there is always another possibility. Perhaps both Jude and Peter had another common source for their ideas.