Hey Jude (Pt. 1)
The Epistle of Jude is a short letter (25 verses) written to Christians at an undisclosed location. This book seems to be written from a Jewish point of view and many have concluded that the letter was written to either solely Jewish Christians or a mixture of Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians who had an understanding of Jewish traditions. It was written around the mid-60’s A.D. by a man named Jude. We don't know much about Jude but know pretty certainly that he was the brother of James (who is believed to be the brother of Jesus). According to Matt. 13:55 & Mark 6:3 we conclude that Jude was also the brother of Jesus as well. In both passages they refer to Jude as Judas. The name Jude in the Greek is Ἰούδας (Ee oo das).
The purpose of this letter was a response to and a call to the recipients of this letter to contend for the faith as false teachers had infiltrated this body of believers.
Jude introduces himself as a servant of Jesus Christ. The word δοῦλοσ (doulos) means a bond servant or a slave. A bond servant is one who gives himself up to another’s will, it is one who is devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests. Jude's interests, causes and services were to Jesus Christ. He was a bond man to His savior and master and he spent his life preaching and advancing the Kingdom of Christ.
Jude's letter is written to those who are called – κλητός (Kletos) - invited by God in the proclamation of the Gospel to obtain eternal salvation in the Kingdom of Christ. Those who are divinely selected or appointed. In other words this letter is written to Christians (so his words can apply to us). I believe we fall into the category of kletos, because God has divinely appointed us to be His people. God has called us to eternal salvation and with this comes a great responsibility to walk according to His ways and share His gospel message. Jude also says the called are also the “beloved in God”. avgaphto, - agapetos - To love dearly to be well pleased, esteemed dear. Not only are we divinely appointed Christians but we are also loved dearly by the Father. We are divinely called to be followers of Christ, dearly loved by the Father and “kept” in Jesus. The word “kept” – τηρέω (tereo) means to preserve, to guard, attend carefully. In Christ we are preserved and guarded. To those who are in Christ there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. We are kept secure by Him.
Jude concludes his greeting with "may mercy, peace and love be lavished on you."(NET)
This is a beautiful greeting. Jude is not only saying may you just know mercy, peace and love, he is saying, “may it be lavished on you” or multiplied and increased among you. It is constant, active and ever growing. May this be the kind of mercy, peace and love that we experience and show in our daily walks with Jesus.
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Jeff has been in ministry for well over two decades. He currently serves as Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Southside Campus in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). Both are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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