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No.1 Beware of Imposters...Imposters Beware (1 of 5)
We're reading our mail tonight! And of course I'm
talking about God's special postcards! Those four one
chapter books in the New Testament. These four books
are really like postcards: their brief yet beneficial. Their
short yet significant. Their concise yet clear. And I
believe that God has a special delivery for you tonight. I
We're thinking about God's Special Delivery! And
what timeless truths we learned in Philemon. We met
Onesimus who went from Slavery to Bravery! And then
came Second John where God tells us how to spot a
phony and what to do when they come knocking on the
door of our home. Then last Sunday night we learned
about the 3 men of third John!
Now tonight ... we come to God's Fourth Special
Delivery: the book of Jude. Take God's Word please and
turn to Jude's postcard!
Now ... who was Jude? Well ... in verse 1 he says,
"Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of
James." Jude identifies himself as a servant and as a
brother! "A servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of
Matthew records in his gospel .. Matthew 13.55,
"Is this not the carpenter's son? Is not His mother
called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses (Joseph),
Simon, and Judas?"
And listen to Mark: Mark 6.3, "Is this not the
carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James,
Joses, Judas, and Simon?" And are not His sisters
here with us? And they were offended at Him."
In both of these lists we find that one of the half
brothers of Jesus was a man named Judas who was a full
brother to James.
Now .. look with me to Jude 1. Do you see that
name translated "Jude?" It says in the Greek text:
"Judas!" It was literally Judas who wrote this last
postcard .. the half brother of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Now .. you say, "Pastor, I'm a little confused
here. If the Greek text says "Judas" then why does ...
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