The Book of Jude is a book in the New Testament of the Bible. It contains only 1 chapter with 25 verses. It is mostly attributed to Judas, one of Jesus' 12 apostles. In it, he warns believers against false teachers and urges them to remain true to the faith even when persecuted or opposed.
Jude starts by introducing himself as a servant of Jesus Christ and then moves on to the main body of his letter. In verses 3-4, he tells readers to “contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (NRSV). This is an important reminder that our faith should remain unchanging, no matter what outside influences may try to sway us.
In verses 5-7, Jude recounts the story of how God judged the rebellious angels who left their place in heaven. He uses this as a warning against false teachers who may lead believers astray from their faith. He then encourages readers to remain steadfast and fight for what is right.
Jude also gives a warning against pride in verses 8-10. He explains that those who are proud will be judged and punished, while those who remain humble will be blessed and given eternal life.
Verses 11-16 focus on the need to remain ever-vigilant against false teachers. Jude uses examples such as Cain, Balaam, Korah, and the men of Sodom to illustrate this point.
In verses 17-19, Jude encourages readers to build themselves up in faith and resist temptations from false teachers. He also warns them against being divided by doubt or speculation.
Finally, Jude closes his letter with a short prayer for God’s mercy on his readers in verses 20-25. He encourages them to trust God and remain faithful, despite the challenges they may face.