Jude devoted his entire epistle exclusively to confronting those who had defected from the true biblical faith and the false teachers who had led them astray. Revealing the character of these godless men who changed the grace of God into a license for immorality, Jude calls the church to discernment. He also encourages believers to persevere in their faith with prayer and the knowledge that the wicked will be punished.
Thomas Manton (1620–1677) played a prominent role in the Savoy Conference and the drafting of the Westminster Confession. He was pastor of a noted Puritan congregation in London but was later ejected from the official Church for nonconformity, though he continued to preach wherever and whenever he had opportunity. Archbishop Usher called him “one of the greatest preachers in England.” His sermons formed the basis of his published commentaries.