I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.
May God give you more and more mercy, peace, and love.
You know, I was planning to write you about something else. But now I find that the Spirit has laid this heavy upon my heart.
I feel I must urge you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to His holy people.
I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches! They are saying that God's marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives.
Their condemnation was recorded long ago, for they have denied our ONLY Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
I know that you already know these things. But I want to remind you.
Jesus first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later He destroyed those who did not remain faithful.
And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them - but left the place where they belonged. God has kept them securely chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the great day of judgment.
And don't forget Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns. Those cities were destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God's judgment.
In the same way, these people are like this. They claim authority from their dreams. They live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at supernatural beings. But these people scoff at what they do not understand.
Like animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them. They deceive people for money. They will perish in their rebellion.
You need to be aware.
These people are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you.
They are like shameless shepherds who care only for themselves.
They are like clouds blowing over the land without giving rain.
They are like trees in autumn that are doubly dead, for they bear no fruit and have been pulled up by the roots.
They are like wild waves of the sea, churning up the foam of their shameful deeds.
They are like wandering stars, doomed forever to blackest darkness.
Even Enoch, who lived in the 7th generation after Adam, prophesied about these people!
They are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want.
But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life.
In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God's love.
Show mercy to those whose faith is wavering.
Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment.
Hey, thanks for listening.
Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and who will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.
All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All glory, majesty, power, and authority are His before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time!
Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ.
(Taken from Jude - NLT)
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