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The letter of Jude warns against those who, having gained admission to the church, were perverting the grace of God, denying “our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” (v. 4). Jude used Old Testament examples to warn of these “blemishes” on the church. He wrote multiple denunciations of these ungodly people who “defile the flesh” and “reject authority” (v. 8). He urged Christians to continue in godliness and love toward such people, in some cases reasoning with them, in other cases “snatching them out of the fire” (v. 23). Jude closes with one of the most beautiful doxologies in all of Scripture (vv. 24–25). Jude was the brother of James (probably “James the Lord’s brother,” Gal. 1:19). He likely wrote sometime between A.D. 65 and 80.

Jude is a one chapter letter of the NT with 25 verses, much like verses , 2 john -13, 3 verses, verses.
This is a letter. In our day a letter’s form will have a date, identification of the person or company to whom the letter is addressed, a subject or reason for the letter being written, greeting (Dear…)the body of the letter, and closing, identification of the author.
NT follow a similar pattern with a slightly different order. The one authoring the letter is at the top, the addressee is next, a greeting, followed by the subject, and the body, and a closing (greeting & blessing).
Jude 20 ESV
But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,
You - second person, nominative, plural, pronoun.
Beloved - agapetoi - beloved (lover) n. — a person dearly loved and cherished; sometimes preferred above all others and treated with partiality.
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Beloved is found 33 times in the New Testament.
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(ESV) 18  “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
(ESV) 5  He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
(ESV) 11  And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
(ESV) 22  and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
(ESV) 19  Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
(ESV) 14  Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
(ESV) 58  Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
(ESV) 1  Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
(ESV) 19  Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved.
(ESV) 12  Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
(ESV) 1  Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
(ESV) 9  Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation.
(ESV) 16  Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
(ESV) 5  Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?
(ESV) 11  Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
(ESV) 12  Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
(ESV) 17  For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,”
(ESV) 1  This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,
(ESV) 8  But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
(ESV) 14  Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
(ESV) 17  You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.
(ESV) 7  Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard.
(ESV) 2  Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
(ESV) 21  Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;
(ESV) 1  Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
(ESV) 7  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
(ESV) 11  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
(ESV) 2  Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
(ESV) 5  Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are,
(ESV) 11  Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.
(ESV) 3  Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.
(ESV) 17  But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(ESV) 20  But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,
“building up” - to build up ⇔ construct v. — to make nearer to fullness or completion (as of moral strength or someone’s conscience); conceived of as constructing something further.
(present, active, participle, plural, nominative, masculine)
Found in the NT 7 total times
(ESV) 32  And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
(ESV) 1  Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up.
(ESV) 10  For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols?
(ESV) 23  “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.
(ESV) 4  The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.
(ESV) 11  Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
(ESV) 20  But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,
Holy - holy (pure) adj. — having the characteristics of moral or ritual purity; context often emphasizes one over the other.
Found 49 times in the NT
(ESV) 6 “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
Jude 20 ESV
But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,
(ESV) 15 “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
(ESV) 20  for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.
(ESV) 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
(ESV) 35  And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.
(ESV) 49  for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
(ESV) 70  as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
(ESV) 72  to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant,
(ESV) 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.
(ESV) 21  whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.
(ESV) 27  for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,
(ESV) 30  while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
(ESV) 22  And they said, “Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and to hear what you have to say.”
(ESV) 2  which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
(ESV) 12  So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
(ESV) 16  If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
(ESV) 1  I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
(ESV) 16  Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
(ESV) 17  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
(ESV) 34  and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband.
(ESV) 20  All the brothers send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
(ESV) 12  Greet one another with a holy kiss.
(ESV) 4  even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
(ESV) 21  in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.
(ESV) 5  which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit.
(ESV) 27  so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
(ESV) 22  he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
(ESV) 12  Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
(ESV) 26  Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.
(ESV) 9  who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,
(ESV) 15  but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16  since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
(ESV) 5  you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
(ESV) 9  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
(ESV) 5  For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands,
(ESV) 21  For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.
(ESV) 2  that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles,
(ESV) 11  Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,
(ESV) 20  But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,
(ESV) 8  And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
(ESV) 10  They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
(ESV) 10  he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
(ESV) 6  Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.
Faith - trust in the gospel n. — trust in Jesus as contained in the content of the Gospel.
Faith - trust in the gospel n. — trust in Jesus as contained in the content of the Gospel.
Found 60 times in the NT.
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Pray - to pray (petition) v. — to petition God (or a deity) to do something.
Found 85 times in the NT.
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Keep (yourself) - (Aorist, active, imperative, second plural).
love - agape - love (Christian) n. — a strong, non-sexual affection and regard for a person and their good as understood by God’s moral character; especially characterized by a willing forfeiture of rights or privileges in another person’s behalf.
Found 115 times in the NT (noun)
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LOVE - verb, same root word. ἀγαπάω agapaō love (35x)
Found 35 times in the NT
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Waiting - to wait (look forward) v. — to look forward to the occurrence of or arrival of.
προσδέχομαι prosdechomai wait for; look forward to (9x)
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Joseph of Arimathea - (ESV) 43  Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
(ESV) 25  Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
(ESV) 28  he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
We are in waiting for the Second Coming of Christ,
(ESV) 11  For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12  training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13  waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14  who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
(ESV) 28  so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
Waiting is something children must learn to do. Especially at the early ages. Waiting is hard.
Talk about at your tables times when you found it difficult to wait. Why was it so difficult? What makes waiting difficult? How do we help our children at Faith learn to wait. (in line, for our turn, to go home, to go to do something else?)
THE Mercy - mercy n. — leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency of authority; often penal-related.
Mercy - we won’t get what we deserve because of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Think of times in your life you did not get what you deserved.
Talk about what that means in the classroom.
ἔλεος eleos mercy; compassion; pity (27x)
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Eternal - everlasting adjs. — continuing forever or indefinitely; sempiternal.
Eternal - everlasting adjs. — continuing forever or indefinitely; sempiternal.
αἰώνιος aiōnios constant (68x)
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Life - life (state) n. — the condition of living or the state of being alive; especially healthiness, happiness, exuberance, energy, vitality, and the like.
ζωή zōē living, alive (115x)
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ψυχή psychē life; soul (47x)
“Eternal Life”
(ESV) 16  And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”
(ESV) 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.
(ESV) 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
(ESV) 17  And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
(ESV) 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.
(ESV) 25  And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
(ESV) 18  And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
(ESV) 30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”
John’s Gospel (mentions eternal life 18 times, 17 times it is Jesus teaching/proclaiming, 1 time Peter - ); The Gospel of John was written to persuade people to believe in Jesus (20:30-31). The opening verses declare that Jesus is God, stressing his unique relationship with God the Father. The book focuses on seven of Jesus’ signs (miracles), to show his divinity. Jesus called people to believe in him, promising eternal life. He proved he could give life by raising Lazarus (ch. 11) and by his own death and resurrection. John features Christ’s seven “I am” statements, his encounters with Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman, his Upper Room teachings and washing of the disciples’ feet (chs. 13–16), and his high priestly prayer (ch. 17). It includes the most well-known summary of the gospel (3:16). The author was probably the apostle John, writing about a.d. 85.
(ESV) 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
(ESV) 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
(ESV) 36  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
(ESV) 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
(ESV) 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.
(ESV) 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
(ESV) 39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,
(ESV) 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”
(ESV) 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
(ESV) 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.
(ESV) 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
(ESV) 60  When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?”
(ESV) 68  Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,
(ESV) 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
(ESV) 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
(ESV) 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”
(ESV) 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.
(ESV) 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
(ESV) 46  And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.
(ESV) 48  And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.
(ESV) 7  to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life;
(ESV) 21  so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(ESV) 22  But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
(ESV) 23  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(ESV) 8  For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
(ESV) 16  But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.
(ESV) 12  Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
(ESV) 2  in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began
(ESV) 7  so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
(John’s Epistle
(ESV) 2  the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—
(ESV) 25  And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.
(ESV) 15  Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
(ESV) 11  And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
(ESV) 13  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.
(ESV) 20  And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
(ESV) 21  keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.
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