3Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. 4For certain men whose condemnation was written aboutb]" style="font-size: 0.75em; line-height: 0.5em; ">[b] long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
5Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lordc]" style="font-size: 0.75em; line-height: 0.5em; ">[c] delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. 6And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
Here we first see how important this matter really is. Jude wanted to write to these Christians about salvation, but the matter of false teachers was more important at this point. These matters needed to be addressed immediately! How could he write to them about salvation if their views about salvation were being distorted? He mentions here that these false teachers, or godless men, have secretly slipped in. We must remember that deceivers will not jump up and say, "Hey, I'm trying to trick you!" No, they will be slick about it. Therefore as Christians we must always be on the lookout for individuals teaching matters that are contrary to God's word.
17But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18They said to you, "In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires." 19These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
20But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. 21Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
22Be merciful to those who doubt; 23snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.