Jude: You are called, loved, and set apart for Christ

God loves you

Jude, 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:

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. (Jude 1:1-2)

The book of Jude is a General Epistle (Apostolic Letter). The author is Jude the brother of James, both of who are half-brothers of Jesus Christ. Jude wrote it circa 75 A.D. The purpose of this book is to address false teachings and to illustrate a contrast between the error of heresy and the truth of Jesus Christ. Jude consists of only one chapter. (Adapted from Bible Hub)

Although the book of Jude is only one chapter it is chock full of spiritual instruction, and Jude was writing to you.

You have been called by God. You have been saved by Jesus. Your life has a purpose. “As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” (Ephesians 4:14-16)

God loves you. God loves us when we’re lovable and when we’re unlovable. He knows our hearts, our strengths, our weaknesses, and our struggles- and He still loves us. Nothing can separate us from His love- nothing. That thought bouncing around your head right now, “yeah, but they don’t know about x, y, or z. Surely God doesn’t love me because I did this, that, or the other.” Stop thinking that thought right now and vow right here, right now, to never give it space in your head again. God loves you and nothing can separate you from His love. “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)

You are kept for Jesus. “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”(Philippians 1:6) He is working in you. He is working for you. Don’t trust in yourself, or rely on your strength or worldly sources- trust only in Him. You are set apart for Him. You are kept for Him. You are meant for greater things.

Jude opens his letter stating that because you have been called by God, loved by God, saved by the Cross, and kept for Jesus, mercy, peace, and love are your in abundance. The evidence of this promise is emulated through Scripture. Here are a few examples:

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
    For His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136)

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.” (John 14:27)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

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