Jude 1: Find Solutions to Your Problems from the Scriptures

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 163


President Ezra Taft Benson taught:“The word of God, as found in the scriptures, in the words of living prophets, and in personal revelation, has the power to fortify the Saints and arm them with the Spirit so they can resist evil, hold fast to the good, and find joy in this life. …“… When individual members and families immerse themselves in the scriptures regularly and consistently, these other areas of activity will automatically come. Testimonies will increase. Commitment will be strengthened. Families will be fortified. Personal revelation will flow. …“Success in righteousness, the power to avoid deception and resist temptation, guidance in our daily lives, healing of the soul—these are but a few of the promises the Lord has given to those who will come to His word” (“The Power of the Word,” Ensign, May 1986, 79–82).Look for how Jude used the scriptures to help the people to whom he wrote.

Understanding the Scriptures

Jude 1

Sanctified (v. 1)Made holy, cleansed from all their sins 
Earnestly contend for (v. 3)Work hard to defend, maintain 
Unawares (v. 4)Secretly 
Who were before of old ordained unto this condemnation (v. 4)Whose wickedness was known 
Turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness (v. 4)Saying that because God will mercifully forgive, we do not need to obey the commandments; we can freely sin and give ourselves to lustfulness 
Angels which kept not their first estate (v. 6)Premortal spirits who chose to follow Lucifer 
Defile the flesh (v. 8)Give in to sensual appetites 
Despise dominion and speak evil of dignities (v. 8)Refuse God’s leadership and speak evil of Him and His leaders 
Gainsaying (v. 11)Rebellion, denial 
Hard speeches (v. 15)Evil words, violent 
Swelling words (v. 16)Boasting or bragging 
Pulling them out of the fire (v. 23)Help them out of the power of Satan and his followers 
Hating even the garment spotted by the flesh (v. 23)Having no desire for sin 

Studying the Scriptures

Do one of the following activities (A or B) as you study Jude.

Activity A iconDraw a Picture

  1. 1.

    Draw a picture of the items described in Jude 1:12–13.

  2. 2.

    Compare what happens to a cloud without water, a fruitless tree, the foam of the wave on the sea, and a wandering star to what will happen to the wicked at the Second Coming. (Use Jude 1:5–7, 11, 14–15 for help.)

Activity B iconLessons from History

Jude knew that false teachings can lead people into sin and unhappiness and gave several examples. Examine each of the following cases and explain how those examples are like the images of rainless clouds and barren fruit trees mentioned in Jude 1:12.

  1. 1.

    The people of Sodom and Gomorrah (see vv. 7–8)

  2. 2.

    A parable of Satan arguing with Michael (Adam; see v. 9)

  3. 3.

    Cain mocked God and Balaam tried to get money with the gifts he received from God (see v. 11)