Study Jude

Discover Jude's Approach to False Teachers and the Call to Keep Oneself in the Love of God

Curated from a lecture series by Greg Harris
In partnership with The Master's Seminary

Course Introduction

About Dr. Greg Harris

Professor of Bible Exposition

B.A., Campbell University
M.A., North Carolina Central University
M.Div., Talbot Theological Seminary
Th.M., Talbot Theological Seminary
Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary

While pursuing his graduate and post-graduate education, Dr. Harris was actively involved in pastoring various churches in California and Texas. In 1989, following the completion of his doctoral studies, he joined the faculty of Washington Bible College, a position he held for seven years. Then for ten years, Dr. Harris taught at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, teaching Bible and Greek. He continues to serve as an international faculty member of the Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary in Amman, and maintains an ongoing conference and pulpit ministry. Dr. Harris has also completed short-term graduate study at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem. He is the author of The Cup and the Glory, The Darkness and the Glory, and The Stone and the Glory and numerous journal articles, and is an active participant in scholarly societies. He joined the TMS family in 2006 and also teaches as an adjunct professor at The Master’s College.

Dr. Harris is the teaching pastor at Lake Hills Community Church in Castaic, CA.

Find more information about Dr. Harris and his ministry at

A Theology of False Teachers

This lecture introduces the problem addressed in book of Jude from a broad, whole-Bible framework for “The truth of God vs. the lies of Satan” as a theology of false teaching. In this framework, Harris parallels the concept of OT prophets, Christ, the apostles, NT prophets, and NT teachers with their false counterparts using the Scripture passages below. Next the significance of addressing the issue of false teaching based on the scope of NT admonitions on the issue is raised. The two-pronged method that NT epistles use to counter false teaching is outlined as (1) to warn/protect and (2) to strengthen/encourage. And lastly, the issue of false teachers being “devoid of the Spirit” (Jude 19) is addressed.

Key Scripture Passages

Hebrews 1:1–2 •  1 Peter 1:10–12  •  1 Corinthians 12:28–29  •  Ephesians 2:20; 4:11  •  Matthew 7:13–23 •  Deuteronomy 13:1–5; 18:20–22 •  Matthew 24:22–24 •  2 Corinthians 11:13–15  •  1 John 4:1–3  •  2 Peter 2:1–3  •  Romans 16:17–18  •  Galatians 1:9  •  2 Timothy 4:2–5  •  Acts 20:28–31  •  2 Peter 1:1–4, 12–15; 3:14–18 •  Jude 1–4, 19  •  Romans 8:9  •  2 Peter 2:18–22  •  2 Corinthians 11:13–15

Jude on "Keeping"

This lecture approaches the book of Jude from the perspective of the book of Revelation. Dr. Harris begins by  developing a study of the Greek word for “to keep” in Revelation (occurring 11 times in the book). Jude uses the word 5 times.

  1. Jude 1 – Kept for Jesus
  2. Jude 6 – Angels who did not keep
  3. Jude 6 – He has kept
  4. Jude 13 – Black darkness has been kept forever
  5. Jude 20–21 – Keep yourselves in the love of Christ

The first four occurrences of “keep” are statements; the last occurrence is a command. This final command parallels John’s usage of the word in his first epistle. The final segment of this lecture addresses Jude’s use of the word “beloved” in Jude 17 and 20, the use of the word “ungodly” in Jude 15, and the categories of those who are falling away in Jude 22–23.

Key Scripture Passages

Revelation 1:3; 2:26; 3:3, 8–10; 12:17; 14:12; 16:15; 22:7, 9  •  1 John 2:3–5; 3:22–24; 5:3, 18