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Jude, a man of faith, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother

of James, writes to all who are sanctified by God the Father,

preserved in Jesus Christ and called, pronounces multiplied

mercy, peace, and love upon them (vss. 1-2). Jude’s authority

to speak as a man of God is not based on anything other than

his own sanctification, preservation, and calling in Jesus

Christ. The highest glory anyone can attain to is to be Christ’s

faithful servant. And, because Jude is such a man, his word is

the word of God, authoritative over all and binding upon all.

 

Diligence is the key. It speaks to speed, eagerness, and earnestness. Jude, being informed of the persistence and the success with which the false teachers were spreading their pernicious errors, found it necessary to write this letter to the faithful with great haste. He was writing about the common salvation, that is the salvation that all believers share in. As he writes, he emphasizes the matter of earnest contention for the faith once delivered unto the saints. That faith, that way, truth, and life of salvation, was at once, and once and for all, transmitted and entrusted to the consecrated people of God. It was the very message of God Himself to sinful mankind regarding the matter of justification. To this divine message nothing must be added, and from it nothing must be taken away. To alter it is to sin grievously.

 

Why does Jude write so diligently? For there were, and we might add still are, subtle and stealthy people who come on the scene as those who offer divine truth but are to be regarded by the saints as wolves in sheep’s clothing. Such people speak confidently of religious matters as if they knew and were telling the ‘gospel’ truth. Yet they speak as enemies of the Gospel of grace, of God, and of the Lord Jesus Christ, and are perverters of the truth of God and of God’s truth.

 

The saints must remember the lessons of their history. The Hebrews and the angels, given to lies, were severely judged by God. Other people of old, given to the lies, and despising God’s truth and authority, suffered God’s severe vengeance. The people of God must be aware of the truth of God regarding liars and deceivers but must rely on God to work against those who, as Jude says, go against God’s truth for their own advantage, speak evil of God, and in so doing, corrupt themselves. The liars are stains on the truth of God but speak and function as if they are legitimate harbingers of divine truth.      

 

Jude goes on to compare to refer to them as satisfiers of themselves without fear, clouds without the benefit of rain, trees whose fruit is withered, being dead at the first and at the last, plucked up by the roots, raging waves of the sea producing only shame, and wandering stars who appear to men to be bright but are of the blackness of character and darkness of deception forever. Jude assures us that the Lord will come again at the head of the saints to execute judgment upon, and openly reveal the truth of, all ungodliness.

 

As the history of ungodliness unfolds the saints must always remain aware of the truth of God, as delivered by the Apostles under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Whatever mockers and liars come on the scene, pursuing their ungodly lusts but not possessing the Spirit, are to be identified, resisted, and openly opposed.

 

To do this, the saints must be built up in the most holy, ‘once delivered’ faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, continually remembering the love of God, and looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And even though they must be enemies of those who are enemies of the cross of Christ, they must act against the ungodly in compassion rather than cruelty. They must remember their Savior and His ways toward and lessons to themselves, and they must be committed to Him as their Savior who alone is worthy of all glory, is deity, and who holds all dominion and power both now and forever.

 

The saints must remember that even liars and deceivers might be delivered from their sins by the grace of the One who delivered the saints.  

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