Bible: Jude 21-23
1:1 From Jude, 1 a slave 2 of Jesus Christ and brother of James, 3 to those who are called, wrapped in the love of 4 God the Father and kept for 5 Jesus Christ. 1:2 May mercy, peace, and love be lavished on you! 6
Condemnation of the False Teachers
1:3 Dear friends, although I have been eager to write to you 7 about our common salvation, I now feel compelled 8 instead to write to encourage 9 you to contend earnestly 10 for the faith 11 that was once for all 12 entrusted to the saints. 13 1:4 For certain men 14 have secretly slipped in among you 15 – men who long ago 16 were marked out 17 for the condemnation I am about to describe 18 – ungodly men who have turned the grace of our God into a license for evil 19 and who deny our only Master 20 and Lord, 21 Jesus Christ.
1:5 Now I desire to remind you (even though you have been fully informed of these facts 22 once for all 23 ) that Jesus, 24 having saved the 25 people out of the land of Egypt, later 26 destroyed those who did not believe. 1:6 You also know that 27 the angels who did not keep within their proper domain 28 but abandoned their own place of residence, he has kept 29 in eternal chains 30 in utter 31 darkness, locked up 32 for the judgment of the great Day. 1:7 So also 33 Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring towns, 34 since they indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire 35 in a way similar to 36 these angels, 37 are now displayed as an example by suffering the punishment of eternal fire.
1:8 Yet these men, 38 as a result of their dreams, 39 defile the flesh, reject authority, 40 and insult 41 the glorious ones. 42 1:9 But even 43 when Michael the archangel 44 was arguing with the devil and debating with him 45 concerning Moses’ body, he did not dare to bring a slanderous judgment, but said, “May the Lord rebuke you!” 1:10 But these men do not understand the things they slander, and they are being destroyed by the very things that, like irrational animals, they instinctively comprehend. 46 1:11 Woe to them! For they have traveled down Cain’s path, 47 and because of greed 48 have abandoned themselves 49 to 50 Balaam’s error; hence, 51 they will certainly perish 52 in Korah’s rebellion. 1:12 These men are 53 dangerous reefs 54 at your love feasts, 55 feasting without reverence, 56 feeding only themselves. 57 They are 58 waterless 59 clouds, carried along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit 60 – twice dead, 61 uprooted; 1:13 wild sea waves, 62 spewing out the foam of 63 their shame; 64 wayward stars 65 for whom the utter depths of eternal darkness 66 have been reserved.
1:14 Now Enoch, the seventh in descent beginning with Adam, 67 even prophesied of them, 68 saying, “Look! The Lord is coming 69 with thousands and thousands 70 of his holy ones, 1:15 to execute judgment on 71 all, and to convict every person 72 of all their thoroughly ungodly deeds 73 that they have committed, 74 and of all the harsh words that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 75 1:16 These people are grumblers and 76 fault-finders who go 77 wherever their desires lead them, 78 and they give bombastic speeches, 79 enchanting folks 80 for their own gain. 81
Exhortation to the Faithful
1:17 But you, dear friends – recall the predictions 82 foretold by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 83 1:18 For they said to you, “In the end time there will come 84 scoffers, propelled by their own ungodly desires.” 85 1:19 These people are divisive, 86 worldly, 87 devoid of the Spirit. 88 1:20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith, by praying in the Holy Spirit, 89 1:21 maintain 90 yourselves in the love of God, while anticipating 91 the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that brings eternal life. 92 1:22 And have mercy on those who waver; 1:23 save 93 others by snatching them out of the fire; have mercy 94 on others, coupled with a fear of God, 95 hating even the clothes stained 96 by the flesh. 97
1:24 Now to the one who is able to keep you from falling, 98 and to cause you to stand, rejoicing, 99 without blemish 100 before his glorious presence, 101 1:25 to the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time, and now, and for all eternity. Amen.