This brief little epistle is all that we have of the writings of Jude, the Lord’s brother and one of His twelve chosen apostles.  Yet it is an epistle of immense importance, with powerful admonitions to contend earnestly for the faith of God’s elect, and warnings against antinomianism, and false teachers who promote that damnable heresy.  It is an epistle to which God’s people in every age ought to pay the most earnest heed, so that they never let these things slip.  Nothing is more destructive to the stability of the church, and to the immortal souls of the unwary, than to ignore Jude’s terrible warnings, and act as if we may float to heaven on flowery beds of ease.  Jude would have us to know that the Christian life is one of great danger, and hard fighting.  Faith is not a one-time act which, when taken care of, need never be given a second thought.  Rather, it is a constant warfare in which the believer must be daily engaged, for the glory of God and for the security of his own soul, as well as the health of the church.

Jude introduces himself as a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James; that James, I suppose, who wrote the epistle which bears his name, and was the bishop of the church at Jerusalem.   We know that some of Christ’s brethren, James apparently among them, did not believe on Him at the first.  After the Lord’s resurrection, He appeared unto James, and that man became one of His most devoted servants.  It seems that Jude was one who did believe on Christ, for we find him in the roll of the apostles, and even one who was involved in spiritual discourse with his Lord in John 14.  Now, we find him applying those lessons learned at the feet of his Saviour in the care of the Lord’s churches.

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