Scofield Reference Notes
Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
SCOFIELD REFERENCE NOTES (Old Scofield 1917 Edition)
The General Epistle of Jude
WRITER: Jude, the brother of James (Jude 1:1)
DATE: Probably A.D. 66
THEME: It is not Song much Jude who speaks, as the constraining Spirit (Jude 1:3) and the theme is, "Contending for the faith" (Lk 18:8), See Scofield Note: "Lk 18:8". In this brief letter the apostasy (See Scofield Note: "2Th 2:3") of the professing church is predicted, and the cause and course described. As in Second Timothy and Second Peter the apostasy is treated as having already set in.
The Epistle is in five divisions:
I. Introduction vs. 1, 2
II. Occasion of the Epistle, vs. 3, 4
III. Apostasy is possible, vs. 5-7
IV. Apostate teachers described, vs. 8-19
V. The saints assured and comforted, vs. 20-25
Assurance is the believer's full conviction that, through the work of Christ alone, received by faith, he is in possession of a salvation in which he will be eternally kept. And this assurance rests only upon the Scripture promises to him who believes.
Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
See Scofield Note: "Rom 1:16".
Margin it was needful
Lit. constraint was upon me, i.e. of the Spirit.
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
See Scofield Note: "Rom 1:16".
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
 great day
The judgment of the fallen angels. The "great day" is the day of the Lord Isa 2:9-22. As the final judgment upon Satan occurs after the thousand years, and preceding the final judgment Rev 20:10 it is congruous to conclude, as to the time, that other fallen angels are judged with him 2Pet 2:4 Rev 20:10. Christians are associated with Christ in this judgment. For association with angels at judgment 1Cor 6:3.
For other information See Scofield Note: "Rev 20:12".
See Scofield Note: "Heb 1:4".
Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
Cain (cf) Gen 4:1 type of the religious natural man, who believes in a God, and in "religion," but after his own will, and who rejects redemption by blood. Compelled as a teacher of religion to explain atonement, the apostate teacher explains it away.
 error of Balaam
Balaam, the "error" of Balaam must be distinguished from his "way" See Scofield Note: "2Pet 2:15" and his "doctrine" See Scofield Note: "Rev 2:14".
The "error" of Balaam was that, reasoning from natural morality and seeing the evil in Israel, he supposed a righteous God must curse them. He was blind to the higher morality of the Cross, through which God maintains and enforces the authority and awful sanctions of His law, Song that He can be just and the justifier of a believing sinner. The "reward" of Jude 1:11 may not be money, but popularity, or applause.
See Num 16. The sin of Korah was denial of the authority of Moses as God's chosen spokesman, and intrusion into the priest's office.
antilogia = against the Word.
These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
Sin. See Scofield Note: "Rom 3:23".
These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.
But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
And of some have compassion, making a difference:
And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Flesh, Summary: "Flesh," in the ethical sense, is the whole natural or unregenerate man, spirit, soul, and body, as centered upon self, prone to sin, and opposed to God Rom 7:18. The regenerate man is not "in [the sphere of] the flesh," but in [the sphere of] the Spirit Rom 8:9 but the flesh is still in him, and he may, according to his choice, "walk after the flesh" or "in the Spirit" 1Cor 3:1-4 Gal 5:16,17. In the first case he is a "carnal," in the second a "spiritual," Christian. Victory over the flesh will be the habitual experience of the believer who walks in the Spirit Rom 8:2,4 Gal 5:16,17.
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.