Part of Jude’s literary artistry is his use of triads. A study of the letter will reveal the following sets of threes:
- Jude’s recipients are those called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ (v. 1)
- Jude’s prayer is for mercy, peace, and love to be multiplied (v. 2)
- The readers should remember God’s judgment on the wilderness generation, the angels who rebelled, and Sodom and Gomorrah (vv. 5-7)
- Relying on their dreams, the intruders defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme angels (v. 8)
- The intruders’ actions remind Jude of Cain’s way, Balaam’s error, and Korah’s rebellion (v. 11)
- The intruders are grumblers, malcontents, and boasters (v. 16)
- The intruders are divisive, worldly, and lack the Spirit (v. 19)
- The readers should keep themselves in God’s love as they are building themselves up in the faith, praying in the Spirit, and waiting for the mercy of Christ (vv. 20-21)
- The readers will pray in the Spirit, keep themselves in the love of God, and wait for the mercy of Jesus (vv. 20-21)
- The readers should have mercy on doubters, save others from the fire, and show mercy to others (vv. 22-23)
- Glory goes to God before all time, now, and forever (v. 25)
Did I miss any triplets?
Why does Jude favor them so much?