Beware of FALSE TEACHERS
Beware of False Teachers: 1:1-4.
Jude begins his letter with warm greetings. Christians are the beloved people of God. They are are called, sanctified and preserved in and for Christ. Those who responded to the gospel are the Christians. They are called into the fellowship of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 9, 26). Jude says he is a bond servant of Jesus Christ and the brother of James. He is no more ashamed of Christ and prefers to be known as the slave of Christ. He is totally committed to Christ and his service. Jude wishes mercy, peace and love to all believers. These are the blessings every believer receives at their salvation. Jude wanted to write about the common salvation of believers. But he found it necessary to urge believers to earnestly contend for the faith which was once for all given to the saints. This is the body of truth given to the church. Many ungodly people have entered the church unnoticed to pervert the gospel. The gospel grace brings forgiveness and frees us from the bondage of sin. It also gives us a desire to love and serve Christ. The gospel transforms us from inside out. False teachers are hypocrites. They have a form of godliness but deny its power in their lives (2 Tim 3:5). They lacked the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in their lives (Jude 19). Ungodliness always leads to immorality (Jude 1:19; 2 Tim 3:5). They misinterpret and misapply the grace of our God. They teach that “Where sin abounded grace abounded much more”. They twist Christian liberty into a license to practice sin. These false teachers also deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. They do not accept Lordship of Jesus and live in disobedience. Only those who believe Jesus as Lord and Savior will be saved (Rom 10:9,13). The common denominator of false teachers is that they deny the deity of Jesus Christ. Grace forgives sin and it is not a free pass to disobey Christ.
The Judgment of the Wicked: 5-7. Jude recalls God's judgments in the history to reminds his readers of the coming judgment of false teachers (1: 5-8, 11). False Teachers will be judged and there is no partiality with God. It is painfully real and not theoretical. A superficial faith in Christ does not guarantee our escape from judgment. These false teachers have crept into the church who do not know Christ (1:9). Only Christ can save people from their sins.
Historical Examples of Judgments:
How to identify Apostates: 8-11, 18, and 19.
The reality of coming judgment is sobering. Jesus warned disciples against false teachers (Matt 7:15). Apostle Paul warned believers that false teachers will try to draw away Christians after them (Acts 20:29, 30). John warns that we should not believe everyone spirit (1 John 4:1). So it is biblical to identify the false teachers and their coming judgment. Jude gives the the characteristics of false teachers.