Jude 1:21 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Jude 1:21, NIV: keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

Jude 1:21, ESV: keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

Jude 1:21, KJV: Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Jude 1:21, NASB: keep yourselves in the love of God, looking forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

Jude 1:21, NLT: and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God's love.

Jude 1:21, CSB: keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting expectantly for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life.

What does Jude 1:21 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In this verse Jude presents a practical way for believers to be spiritually strong in spite of the apostates' efforts to destroy their faith. Believers remain strong if they stay focused on God's love for them and do His will. In John 15:10, Jesus assures us that we will abide in His love if we keep His commandments. The prodigal son (Luke 15:11–24) journeyed to a pagan country that was far from home. His father still loved him, but in that country the prodigal was unable to enjoy the benefits of his father's love. However, when he returned home, he enjoyed the love his father lavished on him. Believers need to "stay home" to fully enjoy the heavenly Father's love.

Jude adds another exhortation. He urges his readers to eagerly anticipate the mercy Jesus will bestow on us when He returns. Although His present mercy includes forgiveness, at Jesus' return it will include eternal life in heaven and all its accompanying benefits.