We have a three year old named Jude. Most people ask if we named him after the Beatles. Although he knows just about every word to “Hey Jude”, that was definitely not our reasoning for choosing his name. To be honest, we thought the name was unique, cute and a little trendy, but, we also love what Jude in the Bible stands for.
The book of Jude is made up of only one chapter, a total of 25 versus and he is writing to the Jewish Christians. We see in Matthew 13:55-56 and Mark 6:3 that Jude is the half brother of Jesus and James. In his book, Jude reminds the church to keep strong in their faith and to oppose heresy. We knew our Jude would grow up in a world that does everything it can to go against and construe the Gospel. So this is our prayer for our son, that he will come to a relationship with the Lord at a young age and that he will boldly stand for Christ, even when others don’t.
Jude begins by warning about the danger of false teachers. Verse 3 says, Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. Jude emphasizes here that while salvation is of the utmost importance, sound doctrine and true faith cannot be twisted or manipulated. Without correct doctrine, we can’t fully understand the truth about Jesus and salvation.
I was just talking with someone the other day who’s family member is so confused about their faith. They hear so many different opinions of “religion” and they are not sure what is truth. There is one thing that never changes and that is God’s Word. It’s inspired by God and should never be added to or taken away from. If you ever feel confused because you have different opinions thrown at you, just get into the Word. Read it and discover truth for yourself.
Jude goes on in versus 5-7 to refresh their minds about rebellion that had taken place. He talks about how even the angels joined Satan and rebelled against God (2 Peter 2:4). This is where we have to be mindful and on our guard about the authors we read and the speakers we sit under. The one thing Satan wants more than anything is to turn Christians away from God or find a way to cause division. He will use any tool he can, and he even uses topics within our own denominations to divide.
And while we are on this topic, I have to insert a side note...while devotions and Bible studies are fantastic tools to help us go deeper, please don’t ever replace them with God’s Word. I believe that even the most well-known authors will tell you that. The only thing with complete truth comes straight from Scripture. The By Faith She Girls say often that we don't want you to take our word for anything either. Please, please compare our blogs with scripture and let God's Word be your guidance.
Jude goes on to talk more about false teachers, but in versus 17-23, he calls us to action! He calls us to get our hands dirty and fight for God’s truth.
But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, "In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
We are living in the last days, and we can see these verses unfolding before our eyes! In the news recently, Christians were called mentally unstable! The world does not understand because they don’t believe.
Jude gives us pretty clear instructions on how to handle someone who is twisting the Gospel or who are living in sin.
Be Merciful to those who doubt;
Mercy means to have compassion or forgiveness for someone. Jesus is our example of how we should treat those who do not believe. We should always treat them with love and kindness. Now, this is not to be confused with speaking truth. We must stand for Christ, but do so in love. Here are some Scriptures on how Jesus walked and talked and loved on unbelievers.
Mark 1:33-34; 6:30-42
Save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear - hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
Witnessing to those who don’t have a relationship with Christ should be priority for Christians. We should be burdened and fearful for those that will spend eternity separated from God. “Hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh” means hating the sin. We should also be able to stand firm enough in our faith that we do not fall to compromise. We must influence them for Christ and not let them influence us to sin!
Just like Jude began his book with assurance, he ends it the same way.
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Our country continues to try to force God out of our daily lives, but we know that if our faith is built on Christ, we don’t have to fear. We will one day be united with our Savior and in His presence! What a beautiful day that will be! We still have work to do now, so let's be diligent to what the Lord has called us to.
Laura is a pastor's wife, mom to two crazy fun kids, part-time marketing director, loves hanging out in her community and building relationships...oh and loves to laugh!