I grew up going to church, but I never heard much about the book of Jude. It sits in the very back of the Bible next to Revelation – somewhat dwarfed in contrast – and there isn’t generally a whole lot of attention paid to it compared to some of the other epistles and gospel accounts. If we would dive into it, however, we’d find that it contains truths that are incredibly relevant to where we find the church today.
The book of Jude really opens up in verse 3 with its main point: “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” Jude affirms in the first two verses that he wishes his fellow believers well, and then indicates he was initially “eager” to write to them in confirmation and celebration of the salvation they share. He has since then changed his mind on what he should write about; and he considers it more important to exhort them “to contend for the faith” instead (v. 3).
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