St. Jude (Thaddeus)” by Flemish painter Anthony Van Dyke

Finally a book in the Bible written for someone of my intellect, short and to the point. 🙂

My research into Jude introduced me to a new word, doxology (from them Greek doxa, glory + logos word or speaking) a short hymn of praise to God.  Many biblical scholars consider Jude to be of the highest quality in the Bible.

Mathew Henry wrote:

“The apostle exhorts to stedfastness in the faith. (Verse 1-4)

The danger of being infected by false professors, and the dreadful punishment which shall be inflicted on them and their followers. (Verse 5-7)

An awful description of these seducers and their deplorable end. (Verse 8-16)

Believers cautioned against being surprised at such deceivers arising among them. (Verse 17-23)

Jude was one of Jesus’ four brothers, along with James, Joseph, and Simon. His letter deals with evil works as evidence of apostasy. “there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires” – verse 18.  “These are the men who divide you” – verse 19.  This letter was written for the church in the end times.  It was written for Christians today.

For me the focus of the letter is the “call to persevere”

17But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

 20But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. 21Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

 22Be merciful to those who doubt; 23snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.

For a Christian perseverance is found in Glory to God.

 24To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.