Jude 1:22-Have Mercy On Those Who Are Backsliding

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22 On some have compassion, making a distinction

The Greek words for the second half of the verse are very difficult to know which one it is and the word order. Some translations have it as…

  1. NASB “And have mercy on some, who are doubting”
  2. KJV “And of some have compassion, making a difference”
  3. NKJV “And on some have compassion, making a distinction”
  4. NIV “Be merciful to those who doubt”

Most Bible translations have it like the NASB and NIV.

The Greek word for distinction, doubt, and difference is diakrinó (dee-ak-ree’-no). Below is the different meaning for the word diakrinó.

1) to separate, make a distinction, discriminate, to prefer 2) to learn by discrimination, to try, decide 2a) to determine, give judgment, decide a dispute 3) to withdraw from one, desert 4) to separate one’s self in a hostile spirit, to oppose, strive with dispute, contend 5) to be at variance with one’s self, hesitate, doubt. Strong’s Greek# 1252

Whichever rendering the translators choose with this difficult verse, the meaning of the message stays the same.

The passage in context gives the meaning that as believers we should make the distinction of those who are doubting who show a possibility of coming back to the Lord from those who might be too late. We must use discernment and be led by the Spirit of God when we are in that situation. 

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Jude 1:20-Prayer Builds Up Faith

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20 But you, beloved, keep building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.

The Word of God and prayer are two sides of the same coin. Both must be done every day so one’s faith may grow.

Let’s look at it with an illustration:

A person wants to get stronger so he decides to go to the gym. For that to happen he must without exception lift heavy weights or else his muscles will not grow. If he lifts weights every day he will see his muscles getting stronger and bigger, but if he stops, it will start to go down slowly. When he looks in the mirror, he can see a change. The muscles represent your faith and the weights represent prayer. The more you pray the stronger your faith becomes. But, we must understand that prayer without being accompanied by reading the Word of God will not have any effect. The reason being is that without knowing who God is, how can you pray His will?

How does prayer make your faith stronger? In prayer, one has to exercise faith in many ways. 

1. You must have faith that God exists
2. You must have faith that God is hearing you
3. You must have faith that God will answer you
4. And you must have faith that God will fulfill your request

All these take much faith and every time you are praying His will, you are exercising your faith and building it up and making it stronger.

If you stop praying and reading Scripture, your faith will start to get weak, putting yourself in a difficult situation. The day that the enemy comes to attack you, you will not stand.

Jude 1:14-The Book Of Enoch

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14 About these also Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with ten thousands of his holy ones

Jude is not promoting the Book of Enoch just because he quoted it. He is pointing to the reality of Jesus’ second coming and our being ready. Quoting from another source does not make it inspired, but he extracts with what it agrees with the Scriptures and shows its reality to make his case stronger. Plus, at his time, his readers were familiar with the Book of Enoch.

The reason the Book of Enoch is not inspired is that Jesus and His disciples never quoted from it and it is not mentioned anywhere in the old Testament.

Paul quoted from a Cretans prophet to show what he was saying about the Cretans was correct, however, it didn’t make the prophet’s words Scripture. Today, we can quote or paraphrase from someone that is in agreement with the Bible or if it’s an actual fact to make our point. Our final authority rest solely on the Word of God, anything that contradicts it must be rejected.