JUDE 3
and Inspiration
SERMON OUTLINE

Texts: Jude 3; II Timothy 3:16

Introduction: Sometimes explanations are given, and positions are taken, without giving full
and complete thought to the implications and consequences of the explanations and/or
positions. This is true to a greater extent of lesser men; but, also true of greater men. That is
why it is necessary to use discretion in the acceptance of the commentary, explanations and/or
positions of any man, whether he be considered great or small. "Prove all things; hold fast that
which is good" (I Thessalonians 5:21).

I. INSPIRATION

A. The Apostles Were Inspired!
They were not to study to do their teaching: the Holy Spirit would guide them (Mark 13:9-11).
The Holy Spirit would give them a perfect (inerrant) understanding of all truth (John 14:26).
The Holy Spirit gave them the very words which they used in their teaching and/or writing (I
Corinthians 2:13).
4. All that they spoke and wrote were the commandments of the Lord (I Corinthians 14:37).


B. The Bible Is Inspired of God.
1.        Because it was written by inspired men (and thus contains their teaching received from
God), the Bible is received as inspired of God (II Timothy 3:16,17).
The Old Testament was written by men moved by the Holy Spirit (II Peter 1:21).
The writings of the apostles (thus, all of the New Testament) is placed on the same category
as the writings of Moses and the prophets (II Peter 3:15-17).

II. JUDE 3 — AN EXPLANATION

A. At the time Jude decided to write this letter concerning "the common salvation" [the salvation
that is for all men — thus all that pertains to that salvation, whether directed to saint or sinner],
it was necessary that he exhort them to fight [not physically, but spiritually -- Ephesians 6:10-
17] in behalf of "the faith" [the doctrine, the gospel, "the common salvation" -- "the faith" views it
from the proper response of man, "the common salvation" views it from the end result or
reward which is received from it -- there is no difference between "the common salvation" and
"the faith," they are one and the same], which had been deliverd by God [revealed by
inspiration] once for all time. The reason for this necessity is that false teachers were present,
and would trouble them, and were troubling them.

B. At the time Jude decided to write his letter, he was going to write about "the common
salvation" [in reference to all things concerning salvation; possibly, especially those things
which bring us salvation -- hear believe, repent, confess and be baptized — and those things
which we receive as salvation — forgiveness, remission, a home in heaven -- first principles];
but, the situation of those he wrote to caused a change in plans, so that this letter is not that
one which he "gave all diligence to write." Now, instead of writing about "the common
salvation," Jude changes his plans [or mind] and encourages them to fight the spiritual
warfare for "the faith" [used either in reference to what we are to believe, or for the entirety of
doctrine contained in the New Testament] which was revealed once and for all to the saints.
This change was necessary because of the false teachers who were circulating among the
churches.

III. PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED WITH INSPIRATION IN VIEW OF THE EXPLANATION SOME GIVE
OF JUDE 3.

A.  Did Jude Change His Mind?
Did Jude begin to write without the direction of the Holy Spirit?
Did Jude continue to write without direction of the Holy Spirit? If he began to write without
direction of the Holy Spirit, what would prohibit him from continuing to do so?
If Jude changed his mind, he was not directed by the Holy Spirit.

B.  Did the Holy Spirit Change Jude's Mind?
Did Jude begin to write without the direction of the Holy Spirit?
Did Jude become inspired by the Holy Spirit after he began to write?
If Jude was going to teach and/or write without inspiration of the Holy Spirit, at what point and
time did he become inspired of the Holy Spirit?
Can a man begin to teach and/or write uninspired, and finish teaching and/or writing inspired?

C.  Did the Holy Spirit Change His Own [the Holy Spirit's] Mind?
Did the Holy Spirit begin to inspire Jude to write one thing, then change to something else?
Is the Holy Spirit so limited in his knowledge as to not know of the circumstances that were to
be found among those he was inspiring Jude to write to, so that it was necessary for the Spirit
to "change horses in mid-stream?"
How does this idea affect the idea of the omniscience of God and the Holy Spirit?

D. Jude Could Not Have Changed What He Was Going To Write In His Letter (His Purpose)
Unless He Was Not Inspired.
Conclusion: Many explanations and commentaries do not seem to make much difference one
way or another on the surface, because we rarely take the time to see what the implications
and consequences are. The explanation of Jude changing his mind in writing his epistle is
one case in point. If Jude changed his mind, he could not have written by inspiration. If he did
not write by inspiration, then the book of Jude does not belong in the New Testament. Only
those books which are inspired of God belong in the New Testament. But, Jude does belong
in the New Testament. Jude wrote by inspiration. Jude merely expresses the necessity that
saints "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints:" it is part of
"the common salvation."
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