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THE BOOK OF JUDE - Part I
The little book of "Jude is written by Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James." There are two people with the name Jude. There is Jude the apostle, brother of James the martyr (Luke 6:16; Acts 1:13).
Then there is Jude, the brother of James — the brother of the Lord (Galatians 1:19). He was also president of the council at Jerusalem (Acts 15:13). The author of this Epistle was the younger brother of our Lord and a younger son of Joseph and Mary.
Let's consider several about Jude's letter:
I. HIS POSITION EXPLAINED
A. He was a servant of Jesus Christ
1. What a privilege and an honor to be a servant
of Christ--to be able to serve in the Master's
work. Is there a higher honor and a greater distinction? I think not. I feel we often take it lightly. And why do I say that? Because it shows up in the way we serve, or should I say, the way we don't serve? Jesus said, If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour (John 12:26).
B. He was a believer in Jesus Christ
1. You will remember that Jude did not at first
believe in the Lord during his earthly ministry (John 7:5). Later, following the Lord's resurrection, he became a believer (Acts 1:14).
a. The resurrection is what makes the gospel
work—it validates who Jesus is and it gives credibility to the message of salvation. Without the resurrection, we would have no hope: 1 Cor. 15:19 states: If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
b. So the resurrection of Christ turned an
unbeliever into a believer—Jude writes as a fellow believer in Jesus Christ. Can I ask you; are you a believer? I don't mean, do you believe the information about Jesus, I mean have you believed in your heart? Does He live in your heart: Romans 10:10 says, For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
II. THE PERSONS ADDRESSED
"To them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ." Jude addresses the saints of God. Let's notice a few things about these saints:
A. They are called (vs. 1b)
1. They were called out of darkness. 1 Peter 2:9
reads; But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
2. They were called into the light. "...that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
B. They are loved (vs. 2)
1. Notice the last two words in that sentence:
"be multiplied." This implies that God's love is an abounding love—it continues on or is multiplied to us. We often sing, "His love has no limits." ...
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