Traditionally, it is believed, Jude was one of Jesus’ brothers, and his brief letter is appropriately tied to John’s letters as they all address the problem of false teachers in the church. But Jude is even more fired up about this issue than John, painting a dark but clear picture of the judgment awaiting such ungodly people. For us, it simply means that we must take the truth about Christ seriously, seeking to know it, defend it and live consistently with it.
As you read the heart of the letter where Jude describes these “shameless shepherds who care only for themselves,” think about how you could be the opposite of these false teachers. And look closely at Jude’s positive encouragement in verses 20-23. What stands out to you as something you can do to help others in their faith?