Jude

The writer of this letter was Jude (Judas), the brother of James. He was probably the brother of James who was an elder of the church at Jerusalem and who wrote the Epistle (letter) of James. Both were probably the brothers of Jesus. During the ministry of Jesus in Galilee, his brothers did not believe on him, although he was the Messiah and Saviour, the Son of God (not Joseph - see John 7:5). After his resurrection, however, they became faithful followers.

Jude wrote as "a servant (slave) of Jesus Christ". Writing to fellow-believers, Jude shows how important it is to keep the original Gospel as taught in the Scriptures. Already in the early church, false teachings and evil practices were beginning to multiply. Jude knew it was urgent to write and remind his readers of the need to keep the true faith. He reminded them of Old Testament examples of false teachers and of the judgements reserved for such (vv.5-15).

Jude's name can also be written as Judah - a name which means "praise". It is fitting, therefore, that the letter ends in praise: "To the only wise God our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen" (v.25).

To give God glory and praise is the ultimate purpose to which God's saints are called.

 

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