Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.
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. 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 greets his audience with mercy, peace, and love. He greets them with a divine love and then addresses them as divinely loved. Jude is very descriptive and there is no mistake the message he is trying to convey. These readers are divinely loved by God, this being the greatest form of love possible. Jude has not only described their calling, course, and conservation; here he describes God’s compassion towards them.
Jude felt urgency to write to these believers about their deliverance or salvation. He uses the word needful meaning to act quickly requiring immediate action. The situation Jude saw these believers in was a pressing one of high importance. He is calling them to earnestly contend for the faith; to earnestly contend is from 2 Greek words meaning ”focused on” and “contest.” They are to defend the faith that was once handed over to the saints.
Jude is calling them to fight for the faith against:
– The obscure
– Those ordained for judgment
– Those who are offensive to God
– Those who are obscene in their behavior
– Those who oppose Christ and God
The handing over of this faith was an action that was completed once and this is evident in the aorist terse in the Greek. This salvation was given to the saints (holy men) once completed, never to happen again. When God sent our propitiation to the cross that was enough to save us who are called. We need nothing else to aid in our salvation; not good works, not a Catholic priest, and not baptism.
Jude is calling these readers to action! Are you ready for action?
2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have Kept the faith,”
Paul was not ashamed of the gospel, nor confronting those who were out to deceive.
With Great Love & Truth,