Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. – Jude 1:3-4 ESV
I have fallen in love with this little epistle, written by one of the half-brothers of Jesus, Judas. Jude is the English name for Judah and\or Judas, it is the same name in different languages- one is Greek, and one is Hebrew. There are three Judas in the Bible. There were actually 2 apostles named Judas. We know the infamous one, the betrayer of Jesus, Judas Iscariot. Iscariot is not his last name, it is where he hails from. It is also how the name is translated. It is Judas of Kerioth (a town in Galilee). Jesus Christ is Jesus who was the CHRIST, the redeemer, it is a title, not a last name. Just like Jesus of Nazareth is the JESUS from Nazareth, not one of the many other Jesus’. Mary Magdalene is Mary who comes from the village of Magdala. That’s how last name’s began in the Middle Ages (around 1400 of the Common Era). No one had last names in Europe until then. Last names were not a ‘thing’ during the time of Jesus. Then there was another Judas who differentiates himself by not being from Iscariot. In an exchange with Jesus, Judas the apostle is clearly NOT Judas Iscariot. Hear the Word of the Lord; Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. (John 14:22-24) The Judas who wrote the book of Jude is the half-brother of Jesus, the brother of James. This Jude understands that the fleshly relationship he had with Jesus is subjugated to the Spiritual relationship He has with Jesus his savior. After the death of Jesus, his family was elevated to a high level. They were almost made “God’s” brothers, and mother. James and Jude would have none of that. They knew that they were no different than any other human being. They were sinners in need of a Savior, and that Savior was Jesus, the Christ. These were merely men, who were blessed to be so close to the savior as they grew up. Just like Mary, was blessed among women. She was a good person who had the honor to be a conduit for bringing the savior into the flesh. She was not deity or any better than any other human being, she too is a sinner in need of a Savior, just like the Pope.
Leader, Jude’s original intent for his letter was to discuss truths of the common salvation that both Jews and Gentiles received. But he was led by the Spirit to exhort believers to defend the truth and contend for the faith. He reminds his readers that God punishes violations of His law, citing Old Testament examples of Cain, Sodom and Gomorrah, the Egyptians, Balaam, and the rebellion of Korah (see Numbers 16). Jude is the only New Testament book devoted exclusively to confronting “apostasy”, meaning a ‘falling away’, defection from the true, biblical faith. He wrote to condemn the apostates and to urge believers to contend for the faith. He called for discernment on the part of the church and a rigorous defense of biblical truth. Jude was not alone in this belief, he was following earlier examples by Jesus, Peter, John, and Paul- all members of the ‘Christian Hall of Fame’. Let the Word of God speak for itself. Jesus preached about it; Matt. 7:15; 16:6-12; 24:11; Rev. chapters 2 and 3. Paul; Acts 20:29-30; 1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 4:3-4. Peter; 2 Peter 2:1-2; 3:3-4. John 1 John 4:1-6, 2 John 6-11. Jude was close to Peter, so much so that people wonder about the connection of the book of Jude and the book of 2 Peter, for there is much correlation between the two. Jude was CONSTRAINED by the Holy Spirit to address the huge issue of APOSTASY. In Jude’s time it was a small pond, today it is the great ocean that divides the body of the church. As Jude puts it; Ungodly people who pervert the GRACE of our God into sensuality and deny our only MASTER and LORD, JESUS, the CHRIST!
Conduit, we live in a time of soft, gentile, ‘get along’ believism. The church has been compromised with Apostasy. With preachers and people who preach a partial gospel that is accepting of all behaviors and all beliefs. Read 1 Corinthians 5, you will see Paul judging and sharing his opinion on the WOKE church, the church that is becoming so much like the world, that nobody wants to be a part of the church. The Holy Spirit CONSTRAINED Jude and said you are to write about CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH against this APOSTASY! The ASV bible puts it this way; I was constrained to write unto you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints. Those are strong words. The King James dictionary says this about constrain: To compel or force; to urge with irresistible power, or with a power sufficient to produce the effect. How about you? Are you concerned that the church is being watered down by HALF A GOSPEL? Jude is concerned because “the faith”—the Christian message of the gospel—is under attack from false teachers who are spreading dangerous heresies. Jude urges his readers to contend for the faith against those who seek to undermine and erode it. The Greek word Jude chooses, translated “contend earnestly,” usually describes an athlete striving with extreme intensity to win the victory in a physical competition. The Amplified Bible translates the command as “fight strenuously for [the defense of] the faith.” Jude wants all believers to contend earnestly for the faith. A true contender vigorously endeavors to win the competition, NOT HOLDING ANYTHING BACK- Heart, Body, and Soul. In this case, the struggle is for “the faith,” which is the saving truth of Jesus Christ and His teachings. See also; 2 Corinthians 11:3–4; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 1:2. It is time to do as Paul exhorted us to do; Test and evaluate yourselves to see whether you are in the faith and living your lives as [committed] believers. Examine yourselves [not me]! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves [by an ongoing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test and are rejected as counterfeit? (2 Corinthians 13:5 AMP) The two basic APOSTASIES Jude contends with are: 1- Jude opposes the false teachers in their sanctioning of immoral behavior—they “pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality.” 2- Jude calls them on their rejection of the deity of Christ—they “deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” It is time to quit with the WOKE apostasy and start contending for the TRUE FAITH. Are you willing to fight the good fight? Are you willing to risk alienation of the world and the false believers claiming to be “the church” and CONTEND FOR THE FAITH? God is watching and time is of the essence! Soldier on!