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The Book of Jude
notes from a Bible study by Pastor Carl Nelson
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Pastor Nelson, as guest pastor, gave an inductive,
verse-by-verse study of the book of Jude from the New Testament.
In it, he referred to the Apocrypha, a series of books
not included in the Holy Bible because the early church fathers
concluded they were not divinely inspired. These books were, however,
accepted by the Roman Catholic church and are included in the Catholic
translation of the Bible.
- Jude identifies himself as the brother of James, the
leader of the church in Jerusalem. They are both the half brothers of
Jesus (See Mark 6:3). Pastor Nelson taught that James needed no further
identification, such as the traditional Simon son of Jonah, because
everyone in the early church knew who James was - the brother of our
- At first, though, Jesus' brothers didn't believe in
- A traditional greeting to Christians at the time.
- Man has taken something God says He is against and
twists it into something that is good in man's eyes. People change the
concept of right and wrong into whatever suits their fancy. The
differences between Law and Gospel become relative.
- The Israelites who grumbles and rebelled against God
suffered the judgment of God, as did the angels who with Lucifer
rebelled against God...
- ...and Sodom and Gomorrah. Sin does not go unpunished.
- And yet many Christians don't seem to follow that
truth. Nelson said that "they sin on Thursday, confess on Friday and go
to church on Sunday." Someone in the class asked him what about
Saturday. "They don't remember Saturday," he jokingly answered. :)
- In secular bookstores under spirituality are many
books on self-help and meditation that cause us to look inward. But
rather, we should look outward, to God, for our help. "The heart is
wicked and deceitful above all things." The answer isn't within; the
problem is within!
- Refers to "The Assumption of Moses", an extrabiblical
book well known in Jude's time that is not part of the canon of
Scripture. Michael did not pronounce a blasphemous judgment on Satan;
he left that in God's hands. If even the chief of angels didn't make
such a judgment, then neither should we.
- What we don't know or understand, we make fun of.
Children do that all the time... and some adults, too.
(Webmaster's note: For example, in college I used to make fun of
conservative Christians all the time... and then I became one.)
- The error of Balaam was this: he wanted to change the
word of God for his own gain.
- Using terms Jews living in the desert could
understand, Jude says that these men are useless.
- The Book of Enoch is not apocryphal. It's not an
authoritative source. However, the concept cited - God will punish
evildoers - is affirmed throughout the Bible (i.e. Romans).
- The normal ways of sinful man. It also sounds like
your average blogger, too. :)
- Jesus said there'd be people like these.
- Stay in God's Word and you will learn to discern what
- "Pray in the Holy Spirit" - He is the channel through
which our thoughts are transferred to God, and God's thoughts are
transferred to us. Without it, we end up praying a lot of "gimme"
- Our relationship with God is a LOVE relationship. He's not an angry, bitter God. He has our best interests
at heart. He tells us not give up, even when we stumble and fall. Our
God is merciful, and we too should be merciful to those struggling in
- But yet some just won't get it. Just avoid them and
release them to the Lord.
- A doxology - a traditional closing. God gets all the