Jude 1:1-4 Contend for the Faith

Written between A. D. 65 and 70 by Jude, the brother of James the apostle and biological brother of Yeshua, the Christ we know as Jesus.

The author of this letter, Jude (Judas in Greek, or Judah in Hebrew) chooses to identify himself as a “servant” of the Lord rather than through his kin relationship with the Messiah. Though he was raised in Galilee as a brother of Yeshua, Judah was a skeptic until the resurrection of the Christ.

1 Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ: 2 Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.” (Jude 1:1-2)

Judah addresses his letter to those who are called, sanctified and preserved by faith and through God’s grace. Also mentioned in his greeting is mercy, indicative the content of the letter involves judgment.

The goal of this epistle is to point out error and warn of reckoning upon those who defy the word, or choose to ignore the truth about the risen Christ, that only through faith in the begotten Son of God can one be saved from the wage of our sin, which is death and eternal agony in Hell.

3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 1:3)

Judah felt compelled to write urgently to the saints, in order for them (and us) to vigorously battle against false teaching and stand up for the truth, delivered to each believer through the Holy Spirit, and revealed in the scriptures.

Because each one among the body is gifted uniquely, all those in Christ are called to fulfill his or her particular mission in our own lives, our ministry to advance the gospel and share the good news about the second coming of the Lord.

4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Jude 1:4)

Judah warns of false teachers who live lascivious lives, clothe themselves in opulence and defy the Lord’s commands. While such blasphemers pose a threat to the sheep within the body, as their sowing reaps a harvest of pain, suffering and affliction in tune with God’s will.

Jesus cannot bo fooled! Only those fools cursed with a hardened heart convince themselves their mission is just, yet are blind to their own demise which they cast out as a small price to pay for the wealth they strive to keep, or to increase.

No one can serve two gods. Each person created by God almighty either serves money, or Yahweh. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Jude,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful servant.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

Posted in Bible Studies.

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