Summary: Jude calls believers to contend for the faith! To join in the battle… to be ready to step up! Are you ready to step up today… to step up and take on the battle plan God has laid forth for you?
A Study of the Letter of Jude
JUDE v. 1-3
Teaching Lesson 2
May 16, 2012
The Book of Jude… how many of you have read it? How many of you have ever studied it?
1Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, to those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: 2Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.3Dear 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.
Have you ever had news you needed to share with someone and may have felt uncomfortable about it and may even have struggled with how you were going to approach how you would share it?
Jude had wanted to send a letter of encouragement to the believers but he discovered that there were more pressing matters and he had news/a word that he was being led of the Holy Spirit to share… but it was not what he had WANTED to say… But I want us to look tonight at these first 3 verses and let’s dig in and see what God has to say…
1Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, to those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ:
Jude is listed at the writer or author of this letter. He lists himself as the author and also the brother of James. Now the “James” mentioned here was almost certainly the brother of Jesus. … and if he is brothers to Jesus’ brother… then he is brothers with Jesus!
Another indication we can see here about the author is that he offers this one introduction and nothing more… it is as if he is well known by the readers… also suggesting that he had a good reputation with the readers as well.
When we examine the other uses of ‘Jude’ within the NT and early Christianity, it is clear that no other candidate fits the authorship of this letter…
There was a disciple named Jude who is introduced as Jude of James, but this does not refer to Jude the brother of James but would have referred to Jude the SON of James… so this makes the Apostle Jude a very UNLIKELY candidate for authorship of this letter!
Another clue to distance ourselves from the Apostle Jude would be the fact that this author does NOT introduce himself as an Apostle… which would have been extremely important for him to do so as it carried with it great authority within the early church… so because it is NOT mentioned, it is presumed that the Apostle Jude is NOT the author of this letter!
There is a Jude found in Acts 15 Judas Barsabbas however there is no indication that he was the brother of James who is so very prominent in the book of Acts.
Some may argue FOR Judas Barsabbas because the term ‘brother’ could also mean ‘co-worker’ in Christ and not be a reference to familial relationships…
However, the term used does not denote any ministry position within the church but instead points toward a genealogical relationship… his earthly brother!