The General Letters

This is part of ‘the epistles*’. The word epistles* means ‘letters’. The leaders of the new church* wrote these letters. Peter, James, and John wrote most of the general letters.  These letters tell the readers how to live as God’s people.  The letters remind them that God will keep his promises.

JUDE

THE NEW TESTAMENT | THE GENERAL LETTERS

THE BOOK OF JUDE

 

 

Where does the book begin?

Jude opens with a blessing. He was the brother of James who was the brother of Jesus.

  

Where does the book end?

The letters ends with words of praise* to God.

PEOPLE TO KNOW

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Jude

PLACES TO GO

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Jude is a serious letter.
         Read each word.

THE STORY OF JUDE

The Book of Jude is a short letter. But Jude is not so easy to understand. Jude wrote the letter. He was a brother of James and a brother of Jesus. Jude wrote to people that knew many things about the Old Testament* part of the Bible. They also knew many of the stories that the Jews* told about their history. So, if you do not know these stories, Jude can be hard to understand.

Jude wrote this letter to warn people. False teachers had come into the church*. These people were saying things that were not true. But they were very clever. They were able to fool many people. They said many new and interesting things. But Jude said that the people must not listen to them. They were like many false teachers in the old days. They said things that were not true. They did things that did not please God. And they did not listen to the words that the disciples* taught. They said that their words had authority. But they did not follow God’s word that he gave to the apostles*.

Jude said many hard things against these teachers.[1] Jude said that they were very dangerous. They denied Jesus was Lord*.[2] They would fool people. They would lead people down the wrong path. These men refused all authority but their own. They lived bad lives. They were like Cain. He did not listen to God’s warning to him. [3] They only served God to make money. And God would punish these men. He would punish them like he punished Israel*.[4] He would punish them as he punished the angels*[5] who turned away.

Jude wanted God’s people to be strong. They must grow to know more about their faith*. They must keep loving God. And they must rest in the hope* that Jesus would return.

[1] Jude 4
[2] Jude 5; see Numbers 14:11; 20:12
[3] Jude 11, 17
[4] Genesis 4:6-12
[5] Jude 6