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Poslanica Jude apostola

želim vam obilje Božje milosti, mira i ljubavi!

Opasnost od lažnih učitelja

Ljubljeni prijatelji, kanio sam vam pisati o našemu zajedničkom spasenju, ali sada vidim da moram pisati o nečemu drugome: potaknuti vas da se borite za istinu Radosne vijesti.[a] Tu nepromjenljivu istinu Bog je zauvijek dao svojemu svetom narodu.

Kažem to zato što su se među vas uvukli neki bezbožnici koji govore da nam milost Božjega praštanja dopušta živjeti poročnim životom. Propast takvih već je odavno zapisana jer su se okrenuli protiv našega jedinoga Gospodara i Gospodina, Isusa Krista.

želim vas podsjetiti na to - iako to i sami dobro znate - da je Gospodin, pošto je iz Egipta izbavio cijeli izraelski narod, poslije uništio one koji mu nisu ostali vjerni.

Sjetite se anđela koji su pogazili granicu ovlasti koju im je Bog dao te napustili svoje boravište. Bog ih drži okovane u paklenoj tami, gdje čekaju Dan suda.

Ne zaboravite Sodomu i Gomoru te obližnje gradove u kojima su se ljudi toliko odavali izopačenu bludu da su pošli i za tijelom druge vrste. Ti su gradovi uništeni ognjem kao primjer kazne vječnim ognjem kojim će biti kažnjeni zlikovci.

Tako i ti lažni učitelji, sanjari, i dalje žive pokvarenim životom, kaljaju svoje tijelo i ne priznaju Božju vlast te vrijeđaju Slavne.[b]

Čak ni arkanđeo Mihael, jedan od najmoćnijih anđela, nije se u prepirci s đavlom za Mojsijevo tijelo usudio izreći uvredljivu osudu, nego je samo rekao: 'Gospodin te ukorio!'

10 Ali ti se ljudi rugaju i vrijeđaju ono što ne razumiju. Kao nerazumne životinje, čine sve na što ih potiču tjelesni nagoni i tako srljaju u propast.

11 Teško njima jer slijede primjer Kajina koji je ubio svojega brata, jer su, kao i Bileam, spremni učiniti sve za novac te će, poput Koraha, propasti zbog svoje pobune.

12 Oni kaljaju vaša zajednička blagovanja kojima proslavljate ljubav Gospodnju i opasni su za vas jer na njima bestidno ugađaju sebi. Poput oblaka su koji suhoj zemlji ne donose kišu. Mnogo obećavaju, ali ništa ne daju. Oni su kao voćke koje u jesen ne donesu ploda. Već mrtve, i drugi put umiru kad se s korijenom iščupaju.

13 Poput mahnitih su morskih valova što se pjene vlastitim sramotama, poput lutajućih zvijezda koje će završiti u vječitoj, mračnoj tmini.

14 Patrijarh Henok, koji je živio sedam naraštaja nakon Adama, prorokovao je o takvim ljudima:
    'Gle, Gospodin dolazi
            s desettisućama svojih svetih.
15     Osudit će bezbožnike za sva zlodjela
    koja su počinili u svojoj pobuni i za sve uvrede što su ih bezbožni grešnici
    izgovorili protiv njega.'

16 Takvi su ljudi nezadovoljnici koji uvijek prigovaraju, a čine što god im se prohtije. Razmetljivi su hvalisavci i drugima laskaju da bi od njih izvukli korist.

Poziv na vjernost

17 Dragi moji, sjetite se što su prorekli apostoli našega Gospodina Isusa Krista:

18 Na koncu vremena doći će izrugivači koji će živjeti prema svojim bezbožnim požudama.

19 Takvi među vama prave razdore. žive prema tjelesnim nagonima jer nemaju u sebi Božjeg Duha.

20 Ali vi, ljubljeni prijatelji, morate izgrađivati svoj život na temelju svoje svete vjere. Molite se kako vas upućuje Sveti Duh.[c]

21 Očuvajte sebe u Božjoj ljubavi očekujući milosrđe našega Gospodina Isusa Krista za vječni život!

22 Budite milosrdni prema onima koji se kolebaju u vjeri.

23 Spašavajte ljude jer ih tako otimate iz samoga paklenog ognja. Ima i takvih kojima treba oprezno iskazivati milosrđe pazeći da njihovi grijesi i vas ne okaljaju.[d]

Hvalospjev Bogu

24 Sva slava Bogu, koji vas može očuvati da ne posrnete, koji će vas, čiste od grijeha i radosne, dovesti u svoju slavnu nazočnost.

25 Sva slava jedinom Bogu Spasitelju kroz našega Gospodina Isusa Krista. Slava, veličanstvo, sila i vlast pripadali su mu prije početka vremena, pa mu tako pripadaju i danas, i zauvijek. Amen.

Footnotes

  1. Poslanica Jude apostola 1:3 U grčkome: da se borite za vjeru.
  2. Poslanica Jude apostola 1:8 Vjerojatno zla nebeska bića.
  3. Poslanica Jude apostola 1:20 U grčkome: molite se u Svetome Duhu.
  4. Poslanica Jude apostola 1:23 U grčkome: mrzeći i samu haljinu okaljanu njihovim tijelom.

The Message

Jude

1-2 I, Jude, am a slave to Jesus Christ and brother to James, writing to those loved by God the Father, called and kept safe by Jesus Christ. Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!

Fight with All You Have in You

3-4 Dear friends, I’ve dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting—begging!—that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish. What has happened is that some people have infiltrated our ranks (our Scriptures warned us this would happen), who beneath their pious skin are shameless scoundrels. Their design is to replace the sheer grace of our God with sheer license—which means doing away with Jesus Christ, our one and only Master.

Lost Stars in Outer Space

5-7 I’m laying this out as clearly as I can, even though you once knew all this well enough and shouldn’t need reminding. Here it is in brief: The Master saved a people out of the land of Egypt. Later he destroyed those who defected. And you know the story of the angels who didn’t stick to their post, abandoning it for other, darker missions. But they are now chained and jailed in a black hole until the great Judgment Day. Sodom and Gomorrah, which went to sexual rack and ruin along with the surrounding cities that acted just like them, are another example. Burning and burning and never burning up, they serve still as a stock warning.

This is exactly the same program of these latest infiltrators: dirty sex, rule and rulers thrown out, glory dragged in the mud.

9-11 The Archangel Michael, who went to the mat with the Devil as they fought over the body of Moses, wouldn’t have dared level him with a blasphemous curse, but said simply, “No you don’t. God will take care of you!” But these people sneer at anything they can’t understand, and by doing whatever they feel like doing—living by animal instinct only—they participate in their own destruction. I’m fed up with them! They’ve gone down Cain’s road; they’ve been sucked into Balaam’s error by greed; they’re canceled out in Korah’s rebellion.

12-13 These people are warts on your love feasts as you worship and eat together. They’re giving you a black eye—carousing shamelessly, grabbing anything that isn’t nailed down. They’re—

Puffs of smoke pushed by gusts of wind;
    late autumn trees stripped clean of leaf and fruit,
Doubly dead, pulled up by the roots;
    wild ocean waves leaving nothing on the beach
    but the foam of their shame;
Lost stars in outer space
    on their way to the black hole.

14-16 Enoch, the seventh after Adam, prophesied of them: “Look! The Master comes with thousands of holy angels to bring judgment against them all, convicting each person of every defiling act of shameless sacrilege, of every dirty word they have spewed of their pious filth.” These are the “grumpers,” the bellyachers, grabbing for the biggest piece of the pie, talking big, saying anything they think will get them ahead.

17-19 But remember, dear friends, that the apostles of our Master, Jesus Christ, told us this would happen: “In the last days there will be people who don’t take these things seriously anymore. They’ll treat them like a joke, and make a religion of their own whims and lusts.” These are the ones who split churches, thinking only of themselves. There’s nothing to them, no sign of the Spirit!

20-21 But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!

22-23 Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven.

24-25 And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating—to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time. Yes.