Jude – Part 1
The author of Jude is, of course, Jude. Jude is the brother of James, half brother of Christ. Jude was written between A.D.67-90. Jude is the last of the general epistles, meaning that it is not written to a particular church or individual, but to believers everywhere. We can see in verse 1 that it is written to the sanctified, the preserved, and the called.
The purpose of Jude is to exhort the believer to “earnestly contend for the faith.” Jude set out to write about the common salvation, but he soon changed to combat false teachers and their apostasy. Like John, Jude condemned the philosphy that denied Jesus had come in the flesh. Since Jude was the half-brother of Jesus Christ, he would have seen first hand that Jesus Christ was real flesh and blood, fully man and fully God.
Jude presents Christ as the One who keeps us from stumbling and as the One presenting us faultless before God.
“Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied”
Jude starts the epistle by giving us the descriptions of the true believer. He does so by giving us the picture of the true minister and the picture of the true believer. According to verses 1-2, there are multiple characteristics describing both the true minister and the true believer. It is significant that Jude start out by teaching us this because he spends most of the rest of the epistle teaching us how to identify the false teachers and their apostasy.
In verse one Jude tells us that the true believer is first of all sanctified. He is called of God to a specific purpose. Every born again child of God has been called of God to work. God did not save you so that you can just sit on the sidelines and watch the game be played. When God saved you, He sanctified you to a purpose. In Ecclesiastes 3:1 Solomon tells us, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every PURPOSE under the heaven.” Everything and everyone has a purpose. God’s will for me may not be God’s will for you, but He still has a specific will for your life. It is an honor to be sanctified by God because that means that God wants to use us and can use us if we will but let Him.
I have seen too many christians who refused to be used of God because they thought they were not good enough. Get those thoughts out of your head! If God didn’t think you was good enough then He wouldn’t have saved you in the first place! Regardless of our abilities, God still has a unique job for each and every one of us. Jude tells us that a true believer is sanctified by God.
He then tells us that the true believer is preserved in Jesus Christ. God’s preservation of the Christian is based on the perfection of Christ. We are preserved in Christ because it was the blood of Christ that washed away our sins and is still the blood that the is seen by God the Father when He looks upon us. God cannot look upon sin because He is altogether Holy. If He looked upon sin it would make Him unholy. This is why we are cleansed by the blood of Christ. According to Peter, the blood of Christ is as of a lamb, without blemish and without spot.
Not only is the blood of Christ perfect and powerful enough to cleanse us, but is also powerful enough to preserve us. This means that the blood of Christ not only washed away our sins so that we could be saved, but it will continue to keep us faultless (we will deal more with this later in the chapter) before God. According to 1Peter 1:5, we are “kept by the power of God.” Paul assured us in Philippians 1:6 that “he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” In John 10:28 we are promised that we can’t be removed from the hand of God.
How is this applicable to us in the modern church age? It reminds us that as true believers we are loved of God. According to verse 2 God has given us mercy, peace and love. Not only has He given them to us, but Jude teaches us that God has multipiplied them unto us. This is just another assurance that we are kept by the power of God. The true believer recieves mercy, peace and love. Paul reminded us in Philippians 4:7 that we have the “peace that passes all understanding.” When all else in life is falling apart in front of our eyes, we can still rest upon the peace of God. The world and the sinner can never comprehend the peace that is offered to the true believer by God.They can’t understand why we can smile and be merry when our world is crumbling from beneath us. This is why Paul said it “passes all understanding.” According to man’s law, we are to be upset and wholly frustrated when things aren’t working out, but according to God we can have peace. This peace can only be experienced by a true believer. The false teacher does not have this peace. This just proves the age old saying, “Know Christ Know Peace. No Christ No Peace.”