My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Jude 1

Slanderous beings

Be careful. Some people have turned 'grace' into 'freedom to sin', and even deny Jesus. Remember that though God is Saviour, he is also destroyer. These people slander things beyond earth. Even archangel Michael didn't slander the devil! These people are useless. Enoch referred to their judgement.

We knew these people would come. Keep to the straight path and take others with you.

Glory to God.

Key verse:
10. Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals—these are the very things that destroy them.

My thoughts:
Jude is so similar to parts of 2 Peter that it is very clear that they are somehow dependant on one another. Many suspect that Jude, brother of James and therefore presumably Jesus, wrote his brief Epistle first, and then 2 Peter was based upon it.

Jude was actually considered canonical quite early comparatively considering it's esoteric content and dubious origin. It references non-canonical material directly as scripture, which is rare in Biblical texts, and probably helped it return to dispute in the 4th century.

A practical point to take from this is not to slander the devil. We shouldn't approach spiritual things with arrogance, because we are mere humans.

Otherwise the theme is one that has become quite common. Beware of heretics. Oh, and grace isn't an excuse for sin.


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