But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
a. The word "apostles" is plural, so that more than one apostle spoke of these circumstances. Peter and Paul both did, see below.
How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
1. "How that they told you"
a. Here, Jude is setting himself apart from the apostles by writing, "How that they told you" This Jude was the half brother of Jesus as was James the leader of the Jerusalem church.
2. "there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts."
a. mockers [1703 * empaiktes] [Zodhiates: A mocker, scoffer, spoken of imposters, false prophets.] [Note: The Greek word for "mockers" and "scoffers" is empaiktes.]
b. 2 Timothy 3:1-9 "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontent, fierce, despisers of those who are good,
Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; [cp. Luke 8:14 & Mark 4:18, 19]
Having a from of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was."
1). These religious people will have a from of godliness.
2). Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses with satanic miracles, Exodus 7:11, 12, 22. These will also.
c. 2 Peter 3:1-4 "This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning?"
1). The context is pointing to the days immediately before the second coming of Christ.
2). Here the coming of Christ is mocked which implies that there will be those preaching the soon coming of Christ! Also as I mentioned before, in my opinion Jude 8-10 could be mentioning what Revelation 14:6-11 speaks about the angelic preaching. From what Jude is writing, these ungodly preachers will speak against everything that's holy, the deity of Christ, the blood atonement, a holy life lived for God, holy angels, and the second advent.
These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
1. "These be they who separate,"
a. The word "themselves" is not in the Greek text. [Interlinear, George Ricker Berry: "These are they who set apart, natural, spirit not having."
b. separate [592 * apodiorizo; apo-from; dia-asunder; horizon-to limit] [Zodhiates: To separate or cause divisions among the Christian community.]
1). Romans 16:17, 18 "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple."
c. Sometimes it is necessary to separate in order to preserve the truth, [The Reformation].
1). 1 Corinthians 11:18, 19 "For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you."
a. sensual [5591 * psuchikos; psuche-the soul;] [Zodhiates: Natural, pertaining to the natural as distinguished from the spiritual or glorified nature of man.] [Vines or Bullinger: In Jude 19 relating perhaps more especially to the mind, a wisdom in accordance with or springing from the corrupt desire and affection.
b. James calls bitter envying and strife wisdom.
1). James 3:14, 15 "But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
This wisdom decendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish."
3. "having not the Spirit."
a. Again these people are labeled as not even being saved.
1). Romans 8:9 "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his."
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