The Book of Jude is one of the shortest books in the Bible, but it packs a powerful punch. With only 25 verses, Jude boldly condemns false teachers and urges believers to stand firm in their faith.

Read on to learn more about who wrote Jude in the Bible and what we can learn from his teachings. 

Who Is Jude in the Bible?

Jude is the half-brother of Jesus Christ (Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3) and wrote the Letter of Jude. The letter begins with a brief introduction, in which Jude identifies himself as the “brother of James” (Jude 1:1).

The name Jude is likely a shortened form of Judas. Most scholars believe he was the half-brother of Jesus, based on the fact that Matthew 13:55 lists two brothers of Jesus named James and Judas.

Few people in history have had their lives so intertwined with Judas Iscariot as Jude. And yet, while Judas is remembered as the ultimate betrayer, Jude is recognized as a man of faithfulness. 

Jude, like his brother James, did not believe in Jesus Christ in the beginning. It was only after Jesus was crucified and resurrected that Jude came to believe in Him. Despite his initial skepticism, Jude became one of the most significant figures in early Christianity. It’s a testament that God’s love and grace can transform even the most unlikely people. 

What Can We Learn From Jude’s Story?

The best lesson we can learn from Jude’s story is to continue loving and praying for those who do not believe in God. We will eventually meet those kind of people here on earth but who knows, perhaps one day they will come to know the Lord as their Savior, too. 

God will always find a way to make nonbelievers see the wrong in their ways and turn them into believers. This is the message that Jude wanted to share with us, and that we should never forget.

Jude also teaches us to be patient and persevering in our faith even when things are tough. This is because he knew that God would ultimately triumph over evil.

What Was Jude’s Purpose in the Bible?

False teachers are a terrible thing. They infiltrate the Christian community and peddle their wares to the unsuspecting faithful. Jude recognized this problem and decided to raise awareness by vividly describing how terrible dissenters were. But more than simply raising awareness, Jude thought it’s necessary that believers stand against those working against Jesus Christ.

Believers were to do this by remembering the apostles’ teaching, building each other up in the faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, and keeping themselves in the love of God (Jude 1:17, 20–21). And this must still apply to Christians today.

What Are False Teachers and How Do We Identify Them?

According to the Letter of Jude, false teachers are people who secretly bring in “destructive heresies” and “divisive teachings” (Jude 4). These individuals sow discord among believers and cause them to question their faith. False teachers may also lead people astray with false doctrine or practice.

So, how can we identify these false teachers? Jude gives us some clues. First, false teachers are ungodly people. They reject authority and curse God. This means they speak against God and His Word. They may also deny that Jesus is the Messiah or that He is coming again.

False teachers also have an immoral lifestyle. They may be involved in sexual immorality, greed, or other sinful activities. Jude says that they are “licentious” (Jude 15). This means they live in sin and do not repent.

False teachers may also promote false doctrine. This includes teaching salvation as not by grace alone or that Jesus is not the only way to God. They may also deny the existence of hell or that we will be judged after death.

How can we protect ourselves from these false teachers? Jude tells us to “contend for the faith.” This means we must study God’s Word and be able to defend our beliefs. We should also guard ourselves from false teaching and avoid those who promote it.

If you suspect someone is a false teacher, you should confront them about their beliefs. You should also avoid them if they refuse to listen or change their teachings. After all, they might end up leading you astray.

Bible Verses about False Teachers

1. Deuteronomy 18:20

“But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.”

Although “putting to death” should not be taken literally, this verse does show us how serious God is about false teachings. This is because they are leading people away from the one true God. 

2. Ezekiel 13:9

“My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.”

This verse makes it clear that there are people who claim to speak for God but are false prophets themselves. They can preach and reveal prophesies all they want, but it won’t change the fact that they are not from God.

We must be cautious about false teachers because some are very convincing. This means we must know the Bible very well to discern truth and lies.

3. Jeremiah 14:14

“Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries, and the delusions of their own minds.”

This verse states that God has warned Jeremiah about the false prophets who were prophesying lies in His Name. It is clear from this verse that God did not appoint or speak to these false prophets.

While we may not understand why these false prophets were prophesying lies, we can trust that God is sovereign and in control. He knows what they are doing and will judge them accordingly.

4. Matthew 16:11-12

“11 How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

12 Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

These verses show that God has provided clues on who we should follow. We are to be on our guard against false teachers, like the Pharisees and Sadducees. Plus, we are only to follow those who teach the truth. Even though Pharisees and Sadducees are no longer around, there are still many false teachers in the world. So we must be careful about who we listen to and ensure they teach the truth from God’s Word.

5. Acts 20:28-30

“28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.

29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.

30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.”

We are all called to be protectors of the flock or people who believe in God. We need to protect them from those who would come in and take them away from the truth. 

False teachers and false prophets are people who seek to draw others away from the truth to lead them astray. Therefore, we must ensure that our brothers and sisters in Christ will not be misled by these individuals because the cost of doing so is eternal damnation.

6. 1 John 4:1-6

“1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,

3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.

6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”

These verses remind us to be careful not to believe every spirit but test them to see if they are from God. The Spirit of God acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. If a spirit does not acknowledge this, then it is from the antichrist. 

As children of God, we have overcome these false prophets because the one in us (the Holy Spirit) is greater than the one in the world. The false prophets are from the world, and their teachings come from a worldly perspective. But those from God will listen to us because we have the Spirit of truth. We can recognize the spirit of falsehood because they do not listen to us.

7. Matthew 7:15-20

“15 Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?

17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.

19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”

False prophets might pose themselves as being helpful, but they intend to deceive. We must be careful not to let these people lead us astray. If we pay attention, we’ll be able to see right through them. Their fruit will give them away.

8. 2 Peter 1:12-21

“12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.

13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body,

14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.

15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things.

21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

These verses emphasize Paul’s authority as an apostle and a teacher. Peter is saying that he is not just repeating what others have said about Jesus but that he was an eyewitness to Jesus’ majesty. He urges the readers to pay attention to the prophetic message because it is reliable. Prophecy does not come from human interpretation but from God Himself. Therefore, we must be careful about which interpretations of Scripture we accept as accurate.

Bottom Line

Jude wrote the Letter of Jude, which contains information about how Christians should battle false teachers. Jude wrote this letter to warn believers about the rise of false teachers and help Christians identify and conquer them. 

The most important lesson we can learn from Jude is to be on guard against false teachers. We need to be diligent in our Bible study so we can identify false teaching and be ready to defend the truth when necessary.

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Sarah Goodwin

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