Jude 1-2: Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James

Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and [a]brother of [b]James, [writes this letter],

To those who are the called (God’s chosen ones, the elect), dearly loved by God the Father, and kept [secure and set apart] for Jesus Christ: May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you [filling your heart with the spiritual well-being and serenity experienced by those who walk closely with God].  Jude 1-2

The one who wrote the book of Jude was the half brother of Jesus.  When Jesus was born Mary was a virgin.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit Mary became pregnant with Jesus.  But after Jesus was born, Mary had other children with Joseph and two of these children were James and Jude.

Jesus brother James wrote the book of James.  He was known as James the just and was a leader in the Jerusalem church.  Jude his brother wrote this letter and it was in defense of the truth and against the false teaching of the day.  Jude nor James believed Jesus was the Christ during his earthly ministry.  They actually believed He was out of His mind (Mark 3:20-21).  But we are told that Jesus appeared to James (1 Corinthians 15:6-8) once Jesus had risen from the dead and we see from Jude’s letter that he also became a believer that Jesus is indeed the Son of God.

Jude writes this letter to those who are believers and followers of Jesus Christ.  We who have chosen to follow Christ were chosen first by Him.  We are kept by the grace of God and it is not based on our own strength or ability.  He has simply called us to draw near each day and abide in Him (John 15:5-8).  As we abide in Him we will continue to grow and experience the abundant life that Jesus proclaimed.

God’s mercy, peace, and love is only experienced by those who walk closely with Jesus Christ.  Our walk with the Lord is something we experience on a daily basis.  It is not an abstract concept nor simply theological in nature.  It is a living relationship with the Living God and the reason we experience God’s mercy, peace, and love when we walk closely with Christ is because His presence consumes our lives.  It is the Holy Spirit who fills us to overflowing and it is the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives.  So many miss out on all that God has for them because they simply fail to walk closely with the Lord.  They chase after things that have no eternal value and become distracted by the lies of the enemy.  When Christ is the priority and drawing near to Him is the driving force in our lives, we will experience all that Christ has for us.

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