Jude Overview

Jude, as a letter, falls into three parts
The first and final parts – are Good News
The middle part is mainly a warning
Against those who “creep in”
Appearing to be Christian
But are NOT

So verses 1 to 2 are the Greeting
Verses 3 – 19 are the warning
And verses 20 – 25 are the
Encouragement and blessing

Verse 1 I have already written about
Verse 2 simply says:
“Mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you.”

As Jesus has already been merciful to us
Jude is praying that we will receive “mercy”
So that we can show it
And be merciful to others

“Peace I leave with you,
My peace I give to you;
not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.”
(Words of Jesus in John 14:27)

Mercy, peace and love all come from Jesus
But Jude’s prayer, wish and blessing
Is that all three are multiplied to us
For we will need these in abundance
As he goes on to expound in
Verses 3 to 19

“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you 
concerning our common salvation,
I found it necessary to write to you exhorting 
you to contend earnestly for the faith
which was once for all delivered to the saints.”
(Jude verse 3)

Here is the main reason for this letter
“I found it necessary…”
“…to contend earnestly for the faith…”

WHY?

“For certain men have crept in unnoticed,
who long ago were marked out for this condemnation,
ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God
into lewdness and deny the only Lord God
and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(Jude verse 4)

How can this be?
Surely it must be obvious when this happens?
And yet, clearly not
Jesus spoke about the Wheat and the Tares
That they both look so alike at the beginning
But when they grow up
And the roots have become established
Then and only then do the BLACK
Tares appear, which are obviously
NOT Wheat

The temptation is to pull the Tares out
Losing the whole harvest
But let them grow together
And they will be separated at Harvest

But as with the analogy of Wheat
Christians remain STRONG by focusing
On what it is to be Christian
Flowing in Mercy, Peace and Love

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