65 Jude

This short letter reminds believers that there is an urgent need always to keep to the doctrines and practices taught by Christ and the Apostles, as now revealed in the Scriptures

BibleJude, Brother of James
The writer of this letter was Jude (sometimes called Judas), the brother of the James who was a step-brother of Jesus. Jesus, Jude, James, Simon and Joses had all been brought up in the home of Mary and Joseph, at Nazareth in Galilee.

During the ministry of Jesus in Galilee, his brothers did not believe on him, although he was the Messiah and Saviour, being the Son of God and not of Joseph (see John 7:5). After his resurrection, however, they became faithful followers.

Jude, Servant of Jesus Christ
Now Jude wrote as “a servant (slave) of Jesus Christ”. In writing to fellow-believers he says they are “sanctified ... preserved” (v 1). This means that they were set apart, separated and distinct from the beliefs and practices of the world around them. They will be preserved as God’s people, his “saints” through Jesus Christ, if they remain true to their calling. They will look for mercy at the return of Christ if they have been faithful.

The need to contend for the faith Quote verse 3
The ecclesia(s) to whom Jude wrote were being undermined by false teachers who had “wormed their way in” (v 4, New English Bible). Jude knew it was urgent to write and remind his readers to “earnestly contend for the faith once for all delivered unto the saints” (v 3, Revised Version). The language is very similar to 2 Peter 2.
He reminded his readers of Old Testament examples of false teachers and of the judgements reserved for such (v 5-15). Against such apostasy true saints, such as Enoch (v 14), had spoken out.

The Importance of the Truth
The need to keep to the original gospel as taught in the Scriptures is underlined in this letter. It is particularly apt, coming as it does almost at the end of the Bible. Those who guard the truth and try to live by its principles can look for mercy and eternal life at the time of Christ’s return. They will form the faultless “Bride” to be presented in that day (v 24).

Judah, Man of Praise!
Jude’s name can also be written as Judah —a name which means ‘praise’. It is fitting, therefore, that the letter ends in a doxology of praise: “To the only wise God our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (v 25).
To give God glory and praise is the ultimate purpose to which God’s saints are called.

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