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Jude : False teachers are trying to turn people away from God

v1 This letter is from me, Jude. I am Jesus Christís servant and I am Jamesís brother. I am writing to you people that God, the Father, loves. God has chosen you to be his own people, and he is keeping you safe for Jesus Christ.

Verse 1 Most people think that Jude (also called Judas) was Jesusí brother. James and Jude were two of Jesusí four brothers (see Mark 6:3). James became a leader of the Christians at Jerusalem (see Galatians 1:19; 2:9 and Acts 15:13).

But, in his letter, Jude does not say that he was Jesusí brother. He thought about himself as Jesusí servant. Jesus became his Master. Jude wanted people to obey Jesus. He did not want people to think that he himself was very important.

v2 I want you to know more and more how very kind God is to you. I pray that he will cause you to be without trouble inside yourselves more and more. And I want you to know more and more how much God loves you.

v3 My friends that I love, I was wanting very much to write to you. I was wanting to write about how God has saved all of us. But instead, now I must write to you about something else. I must ask you very strongly to be like people who fight to keep Godís true message safe. You must not let anyone stop you believing it. You must not let anyone stop you obeying it. God has given this true message to his people, and his message will never change.

v4 I say this because certain bad men have come among you secretly. Those men do not want to obey God. Instead, they do whatever bad things they want to do. ĎGod lets us do these things because he is so very kindí, they say. So they are trying to change Godís true message. And, because they do these things, they are turning away from our only Master and *Lord, Jesus Christ. Many years ago, people wrote that God would *punish this kind of bad people.

Verse 4 The false teachers may have travelled from place to place. They said that they believed Christ. But the things that they did were not right.


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