a bond- servant
of Jesus Christ,
who are the called, beloved
for Jesus Christ:
May mercy and peace and love be multiplied
Beloved, while I was making every effort
to write you
about our common salvation,
I felt the necessity to write
that you contend earnestly
for the faith
which was once ... handed down
to the saints.
For certain persons have crept in unnoticed,
those ... marked out
who were long beforehand
for this condemnation,
who turn the grace ... into licentiousness
of our God
and deny our only Master
and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Verses 3&4 Main Point & Purpose Stand firm in the purity of the gospel, given and completed by our Lord Jesus Christ, delivered to you also by His Apostles. Because there is coming opposition and this opposition witll not only come from outside the Church but within the Church.
Verse 4 Jude describes the "fruit" of those who are are deemed apostates, masquerading as the true Church. 1) "Who turn the grace....into licentiousness" a) God's grace is seen as a license to sin. The thought being that God's grace will abound all the more in sin. Romans 6:1 b) God's holy character in us is dis-regarded as a fruit of salvation along with the importance of sanctification 1 Peter 1:16 Philippians 2:12 2) "deny...our only Master and Lord" a) Our Lord's parable describing the wheat and the tares (Matthew 13:24-30) explain that there will be false believers among the true and they will grow together. For it won't be until the final judgment that we will be fully exposed. b) Their denial will be toward the deity of Christ and their relationship to Him as Lord. Their allegiance, worship, and idea of authority is then turn toward earthly matters (i.e. culture/political pressure, popular opinion, personal desires)Romans 1:18-23 Matthew 10:28 Daniel 3:18
Verse 1 "a bond-servant" a) Jude saw his connection to Christ as that of a bond-servant. This word is translated from the Greek word doulos, meaning slave . Bound to his Lord, a faith that sprung mostly like out of his response to the resurrection. His life now echos the words of Paul, a life lived in humble service, "whether by life or by death...For me to live is Christ and to die is gain". (Philippians 1:20-21) He would have the honor of dying for his Lord around the year 65AD along side Simon the Zealot. b) Though he was also the half brother of Jesus, human honor or for reason of boasting, was never a consideration after his conversion, only the providence of God.
Verse 1 "called, Beloved...in God the Father" a) Chosen/Elected by God to salvation and loved before-hand. b) Predestined for heaven 2) "kept for Jesus Christ" a) Given to Jesus Christ by God the Father John 6:37-39 b) We are in Jesus Christ Ephesians 1:3-14
Verse 2 "...mercy, peace, and love...to you" Jude begins his letter with a greeting, reminding his readers of the great mercy, peace and love of God that He has bestowed to them through Jesus Christ.