Heidegger's Bible Handbook: Jude: Detailed Outline

6. There are three parts: I. A preface (Jude 1, 2). II. The body, containing an exhortation to contend for the faith once delivered (Jude 3-23). III. The Epilogue (Jude 24, 25). Interpreters of the Epistle, Ancient, Reformed, Lutheran, Roman Catholic; and also a Synoptic Table.


The Epistle has three parts. First, a Preface (Jude 1, 2). Second, the Treatment, that is, the admonition to contend for the faith once delivered (Jude 3-23). Third, and Epilogue, or Δοξολογία/Doxology (Jude 24, 25).


I. A Preface, verses 1, 2.

Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, prays for those called and sanctified (verses 1, 2): verses 1, 2.


II. The Treatment, that is, the exhortation to contend for the faith once delivered, verses 3-23.

He indicates that it was necessary for him to write, that they should contend for the faith once delivered to the saints (verse 3), because impious men crept in, changing the grace of God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord, Christ (verse 4), with examples taken from the unbelieving Israelites, the rebelling Angels, and Sodom and Gomorrha sharply punished (verses 5-7), teaching that those that creep in, dreaming, defile the flesh, despise dominions, while not even Michael the Archangel dared not to bring a judgment of blasphemy against the Devil (verses 9, 10), whence he denounces woe upon them (verse 11), of what sort they are, he describes (verses 12, 13), with the prophecy of Enoch accommodated to them (verses 14-16); warning that they are to be avoided, as those foretold by the Apostles, commending firmness in faith, prayer, charity, hope (verses 17-21), he instructs them how they ought to carry themselves towards those sinning (verses 22, 23): verses 3-23.


III. The Epilogue, or Doxology, verses 24, 25.

He magnifies the glory, government, and greatness of the only wise God and Savior, who is able to present men faultless (verses 24, 25): verses 24, 25.

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