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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Jude 1:3-7

We have here, I. The design of the apostle in writing this epistle to the lately converted Jews and Gentiles; namely, to establish them in the Christian faith, and a practice and conversation truly consonant and conformable thereunto, and in an open and bold profession thereof, especially in times of notorious opposition, whether by artful seduction or violent and inhuman persecution. But then we must see to it very carefully that it be really the Christian faith that we believe, profess,... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Jude 1:4

1:4 For certain men have wormed their way into the Church--long before this they were designated for judgment impious creatures they are--who twist the grace of God into a justification of blatant immorality and who deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Here is the peril which made Jude lay aside the treatise he was about to write and take up his pen to write this burning letter. The peril came from within the church. Certain men, as the King James Version has it, had crept in... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Jude 1:4

For there are certain men crept in unawares ,.... These words contain a reason why the doctrine of faith should be contended for, because of false teachers, who are described as being then upon the spot; the Apostles Peter and Paul had foretold that they would come, but Jude here speaks of them as in being; wherefore present rigour and vigilance were necessary to be used: their names are not mentioned, nor their number, only that there were "certain", or "some men"; which is done to stir up... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Jude 1:4

For there are certain men crept in unawares - Παρεισεδυσαν· They had got into the Church under specious pretences; and, when in, began to sow their bad seed. Before of old ordained - Οἱ παλαι προγεγραμμενοι Such as were long ago proscribed, and condemned in the most public manner; this is the import of the word προγραφειν in this place, and there are many examples of this use of it in the Greek writers. See Kypke. To this condemnation - To a similar punishment to that... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Jude 1:4

Verse 4 4.For there are certain men crept in unawares. Though Satan is ever an enemy to the godly, and never ceases to harass them, yet Jude reminds those to whom he was writing of the state of things at that time. Satan now, he says, attacks and harasses you in a peculiar manner; it is therefore necessary to take up arms to resist him. We hence learn that a good and faithful pastor ought wisely to consider what the present state of the Church requires, so as to accommodate his doctrine to its... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jude 1:1-4

Christian cooperation desired in the defense of the gospel The believers to whom Jude wrote were "called" by an external and spiritual power into the fellowship of the Church; had been "preserved" from the gross evils and corruptions which sprang up in those early days, and "sanctified by God the Father," and made partakers of his holiness. As he claims their service in the preservation of the faith he implores "mercy" that they may be enabled to help, "peace" of mind amid the earnestness... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jude 1:1-25

The Letter. I. INTRODUCTION . 1 . Address. 2 . Salutation. "Mercy unto you and peace and love be multiplied." The first word of salutation points to their being regarded under troublous conditions. The second word of salutation points to their enjoyment of the Divine protection. The third word of salutation points to their being (generally) delighted in by God. This Divine blessing is already realized: let it be realized a hundredfold. II. THE LETTER . 1 . Purpose.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jude 1:3-4

Error not to be trifled with, but to be earnestly dealt with. "It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith," etc. Least of all is the kind of error which acts upon the moral life to be lightly thought of or suffered to pass unchallenged. One of the most difficult, yet most imperative, of the Christian duties is to admonish and fortify brethren who are ready to yield to the seductions of error. The bond of a "common salvation" of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jude 1:4

It has been inferred that the writer had been actually at work upon another Epistle, when he felt it necessary to give it up and compose this one. That is not a certain inference from the previous verse. What that verse makes clear is that it had been Jude's purpose to compose an Epistle on the general subject of the common salvation, and that something emerged which made him change his plan and write a letter dealing with certain specific matters of urgent importance, and hortatory in its... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jude 1:4

Reasons to enforce the duty of contending for the faith. The principal reason is the presence of antinomian errorists in the Church. I. THE ENTRANCE OF WICKED ERRORISTS INTO THE CHURCH . "For there are certain men crept in privily, even they who were of old set forth unto this condemnation." 1 . These men are not named, either because Jude did not care to give them the celebrity their vanity might have desired, or because their names were already known to the... read more

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