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Jude was one of the half brothers of Jesus, Matt. 13:55, Mk. 6:3. A son of Mary and Joseph, along with James his brother and who is also a half brother of Jesus, Jude was compelled to write this letter is stern warning against the extreme dangers of negative volition to Bible doctrine.
Originally Jude along with the other brothers of Jesus (children of Joseph and Mary), did not believe in Jesus, Jn. 7:5, but after the resurrection, they came to believe in Christ as their Lord and savior, Acts 1:14.
Jude does not speak of himself as a brother, but as a servant of Christ. Thus humbling himself and not attempting to gain any undeserved status due to his family relationship.
Using examples, Jude warns against negative volition toward God and doctrine. He also warns of the dangers of pursuing any alternative belief such as arrogance, angelology, divisiveness, lasciviousness and so forth.
Though we are all human and subject to failures throughout our life, the greatest danger of all is to let go of, compromise, substitute, or ignore Gods counsel and embrace the appeals of the world. All negative volition toward God and doctrine, and therefore the spiritual life, will with certainty, lead to sin in its many forms, and therefore failure in life and great loss in eternity.
I. Identification, salutation, and purpose. Jude 1-4.
II. Admonitions against false teachers. Jude 5-16.
III. Exhortations to Christians. Jude 17-23.
IV. Benediction. Jude 24,25.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.