Jude 1:1-4

False teachers are trying to turn people away from God

1 This letter is from me, Jude. I am Jesus Christ's servant and I am James's brother. I am writing to you people that God, the Father, loves. God has chosen you to be his own people. He is keeping you safe until the time when Jesus Christ returns.

1:1Most people think that Jude (also called Judas) was Jesus' brother. James and Jude were two of Jesus' four brothers. See Mark 6:3. James became a leader of the Christians at Jerusalem. See Galatians 1:19; 2:9 and Acts 15:13. But, in his letter, Jude does not say that he was Jesus' brother. He thought about himself as Jesus' servant. Jesus became his Master. Jude wanted people to obey Jesus. He did not want people to think that he himself was very important.

2 I pray that God will be kind to you and that he will give you peace in your minds more and more. I want you to know more and more how much God loves you.

3 My friends, I wanted very much to write to you about how God has saved us from sin. That is what he has done for you and for us. But instead of that, I now know that I must write to you about something else. I must tell you to be strong and brave. You must do everything that you can to keep God's true message safe. God has given this message to his special people, and his message will never change. Do not let anyone teach you a different message.

4 I say this because certain bad people have secretly come among you. They are not servants of God. They are trying to change God's true message. They teach that we can do any bad things that we want to do. They say that God will be kind and he will forgive us for all those bad things. In that way, they do not accept the authority of Jesus Christ, who is our only Master and our Lord. God will certainly punish those bad people. A long time ago the Bible already said that God would punish people like them.