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:
Jude is the author of this short letter to believers who are suffering under the Roman government. Jude was a common name during this time but its thought that the author is the half-brother of Jesus. Jude also does not introduce himself as an apostle but distinguished himself from them. Jude was not always pronouncing the state of apostates, in John 7:5 it states:
For even His brothers did not believe in Him.
Jude was converted after Jesus was crucified and resurrected. Jesus had appeared to the disciples, his mother, and his brothers in the upper room and after he departed Acts 1:14 states:
These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
Jude declares himself a bond-servant of Christ. He recognizes he has no ownership to his own life. He is owned and guided by the Lord. He also relates himself as the brother of James and neglects to mention that he is also the half-brother of Jesus. Jude has put himself in proper perspective according to his position in Christ.
Jude understands the importance of truth and loyalty. He is aware that when truth becomes relative or even altered that it affects a person and even a whole nation. Moving through this epistle Jude uses a lot of OT examples of people being deceived, destroyed, and defiled by lies and unbelief. Jude understood the implications of false teaching and the importance of addressing it.
Jude seeks to inform these Christians of the:
- Direction of false teachers (v4)
- Description of false teachers using biblical history (v5-11)
- Doom of false teachers by their actions (v12-15
- Defining character of false teachers (v16-19)
- Discernment needed to approach false teachers (v20-21)
We need to have a firm faith in who Christ is and what he accomplished. The Spirit needs to work in our hearts, giving us faith just as he displayed in Jude. With out Faith it is impossible to please God. We also need to study God’s word, memorize it and speak truth lovingly into the lives of others. It is our responsibility to be prepared to give an answer to any man who asks about our faith. In 1 Peter 3:16 it states:
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
Study the book of Jude with me and seek to know the difference between a worshiper of God and a worshiper of self.