September 11, 2022 • Contend for the Faith

Jude is the author of the second to last book in the Bible; he is the brother of James which makes him a half-brother of Jesus. He is a leader in the church, and his 25 verse “book” is a very powerful warning against false teachers.

Jude is concerned for the people of God, including us today, that we don’t get deceived and misled by false teachers inside the Holy Christian Church. As he begins writing, he immediately reminds us of who we are in the Lord Jesus
Christ. “Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you.” Jude 1-2

You are called by God the Father, you are set apart from the world, you are loved by Him, and you are kept safe in Jesus Christ. God chose you before the Creation of the world to be His very own; and then during your lifetime brought you to faith in Christ.

The verb tenses of these words indicate that you are called, loved, and kept safe, and that you remain called, loved, and kept safe. Because you belong to God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ, mercy, peace, and love are multiplied to you in abundance; they are constant gifts in your life. These first two verses of Jude are great verses to memorize! Spend some time mediating on these wonderful Gospel verses!

If you have not read the book of Jude lately, then I would certainly encourage you to read it through several times this week.

Jude is one of the strongest warnings in Scripture about false teachers and their lies and deceptions. And at the same time, it strengthens your faith as one who is called, loved, and kept safe in Christ.

Take the warnings to heart: and contend for the faith as you build yourself up in your most holy faith!


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