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Jude, Peter and the end (Jude, 1 Pet 2,3) What we do know: Mat 24:36 no one knows that

day or hour, but the times of the seasons are in scope. 1: Jude (shortened form of Judas) could be a) Jesus half brother (Mat 13:55) or b) an apostle (luke 6:16) Note the audience: y y y Called Loved in God the Father Kept for Jesus Christ

2: Mercy Peace Love (combination not used elsewhere) 3: Purpose of letter: Earnestly Contend for the faith that you have been entrusted with 4: Warning a) pervert the grace of God into license for sin b) deny Jesus Christ (See 1 Pet 2:2-4) Illustrations around what happened to people that operate in this way (See 1 Pet 2:5-7): 1. 2. 3. 4. The Exodus (specifically Ex 14:21ff) The Angels that did not keep to their habitation (Gen 6:1-8, 1 Pet 2:4) Noah (Gen 6-9) Rescued Noah Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 19:28) Rescued Lot

8-10: Comparing the current infiltrators with the illustrations above 1. Pollute their bodies (1 Pet 2:10) 2. Reject authority 3. Slander celestial beings (even the devil) and what they don t understand (1 Pet 2:10-12) 11: Three woes 1. Cain Gen 4 2. Balaam s error Num 22 3. Korah s rebellion Num 16 12: What are these people like (c.f. 1 Pet 2:13-3:10) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Blemishes at your love feasts, no guilt, feeding only themselves Clouds without rain useless Trees without fruit deserving to be cut down Waves foaming up their shame Wandering stars (the discovery of wandering planets just this month)

14-16: Enoch s prophecy 17-19: Apostles prophecy They divide you, following natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. 20-22: Key to victory (c.f. 1 Pet 3:11-18): 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Build yourself up in the most holy faith Pray in the Spirit Stay in God s love Be merciful to doubters To others, Save as many as you can To yet others, show mercy mixed with fear Detest sin (1 Pet 3:11-14

24-25: Hymn of Blessing