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Beware of Imposters ... Imposters Beware (1 of 5)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
January 22, 2006
We have been enjoying the 5 one-chapter books on these Sunday nights under the heading: Emails.com and for good reason: they are short and to the point. In fact .. they are so brief that our tendency is to over look them!
And what a tragedy! They are loaded with biblical principles that help direct our lives! And not only our lives .. but our church! Tonight we come to the fifth and final of the one chapter books. It is the longest of the five and yet the least known. I'm talking about the book of Jude.
So .. take God's word and join me in the book of Jude. The easiest way to find it is to turn to Revelation 1 and turn back one or two pages! And there you will find the 25 verses of Jude.
So .. who was Jude? Well .. we read in verse 1, "Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James," There is a hint: "and brother of James." Who was James? 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?" 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 accounts ... we find the name "James" and his full brothers: "Joses, Simon and Judas." You say, "That's fine. But who was Jude? Where is Jude?" O.K. look again at Jude 1, "Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James."
Now that is the English translation of the Greek New Testament .. right? Let me read to you from the original Greek text. Jude 1, "Judas of Jesus Christ a slave, brother and of James .." The first word in Jude 1 in the Greek is "Judas" not "Jude."
You say, "I'm a little confused. If the Greek text says "Judas" then why does my Bible read "Jude"?" Great question. Let me ask you something: when you hear or read the nam ...
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