For certain people have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into indecent behavior and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Jude 1:4 NASB
Our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ – Jude worries about the influence false teachers have on the Messianic community. They have crept in unnoticed. That means the others in the group weren’t even aware of their presence until someone like Jude pointed them out. And, amazingly, this verse is a perfect example of how unnoticed these people really were—and still are.
Here’s the same verse in the King James Version, the most widely circulated book in the history of mankind:
“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Do you notice anything significantly different? How about the final phrase, “the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” The word “God” is inserted into the text. Actually, at the time the King James text was translated from Greek, the Textus Receptus was the standard Greek text of the New Testament, and the word “God” was in that text. Since the time of King James, a lot of discoveries have been made in ancient texts and it now appears certain that the word was notin Jude’s original letter. So where did it come from? Ah, it crept in unnoticed at of the hand of some copyist whose theology trumped linguistic accuracy. Just like the infamous verse in 1 John 5:7, the Trinity was written into the text. Jude was not a Trinitarian, but the copyists were, and, lo and behold, suddenly Jude endorses the Trinitarian view. The very verse that signals a warning about changing from the tradition of Moses has been modified to fit the doctrine of the Church. And no one had a clue.
Circumcision was replaced with one-time baptism.
The annual Passover meal became communion.
Shabbat became “the Lord’s Day”—Sunday.
The “ordinary” saints (followers of the Messiah) were replaced by “Saints” (who were worshipped)
Mary went from a pregnant teenager to the Queen of the Universe.
The Jewish man named Yeshua became the divine God, Jesus.
Now ask yourself, “Who did the creeping in?”
Topical Index: syncretism, Law, doctrine, Jude 1:4