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Jude 4 – Watch for Intruders

Summary

The writing of the letter is prompted by the threats posed by "certain intruders," who "pervert the grace of our God" and "deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ."

Analysis

This passage immediately opens up for us the primary issue that dominates and energizes the letter. We sense right away that the "early church" was no golden era of concord and unity, but rather that there were factions, mistrust, duplicity, and hurtful activity. The author does not flinch from using harsh and condemning language, and this reflects his settled convictions that his opponents are not merely erring but are malicious and deceptive in their intent.

Jude 4

4For certain intruders have stolen in among you, people who long ago were designated for this condemnation as ungodly, who pervert the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.*

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