Jude 1:4-False Teachers

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4 For some people, who were designated for this judgment long ago, have come in by stealth; they are ungodly, turning the grace of our God into sensuality and denying Jesus Christ, our only Master and Lord.

“For some people” is in reference to false teachers who sound and look like Christians. 

“designated for this judgment long ago” There is a specific place in hell assigned for false teachers. The reason is that they purposely try to make Christians if possible abandon their faith in Christ and stop others from getting saved. 

“come in by stealth” It is very hard to see a false teacher coming our way because they blend in very well with the rest of the believers. 

False teachers do not even have an ounce of godliness, their soul filled with pure darkness. One of their tactics is to make Christians accept all types of sexual sin as not being sinful. Through their teachings and behavior, it shows their rejection of Jesus Christ. 

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Jude 1:3-Contend For The Faith

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3 Dear friends, although I was eager to write you about the salvation we share, I found it necessary to write, appealing to you to contend for the faith that was delivered to the saints once for all.

Jude wanted to write about eternal life in Christ that unites all Christians, but because of false Christians destroying their faith, the message changed.  

ContendProperly, to contend (literally, “struggle upon, appropriately”), i.e. with skill and commitment in opposing whatever is not of faith (God’s persuasion). Strong’s#1864

Jude urges them to fight for the faith and oppose all that which is false doctrine. All Christians are commanded through Scripture to defend the truth. 

The word faith in this passage is a reference to the Word of God since it comes from it as seen in Romans 10:17 which says, “17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.”

Beautiful On The Outside But Death In The Inside

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A Picture of the world without God. Looks nice on the outside but twice as dead in the inside

A man who hasn’t showered for weeks, washes his face, shaves, combs his hair, puts on a new suit, and looks brand new. But with a closer inspection by one’s nose, it is obvious that something is seriously wrong with that picture [the man].

That is a spiritual picture of a religious person who looks righteous on the outside but is still being driven by his sinful pleasures. 

Matthew 23:27

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of the bones of the dead and every kind of impurity.”

The flesh brings death but the Spirit of God brings life. Walk in the Spirit to extinguish the desires of the flesh.