Apr 15, 2012 By: Jim Montesano Series: Jude Scripture: Jude 1:1-2
The book of Jude has much to teach the body of Christ about false teachers and those who rely on dreams to defile the true church of God, which has certainly been and is one of the greatest threats to the church throughout her existence. From the very beginning of the church age there have been false teachers – those who either unwittingly or overtly teach ungodly doctrines aimed to destroy the church. This has always been a problem, and will be until the day of the Lord’s return when all thing will be made pure and rightly judged unto condemnation. But that said, the short Epistle of Jude also has much to positively teach the body of Christ from the day it was written until the day of the Lord’s return. The richness of this epistle’s teaching can be seen from the opening verses. For example, Jude’s opening salutation is one of the grandest within all of the New Testament – on par with those written by the great Apostle Paul. It is this salutation that we will dwell on in this initial sermon of this wonderful letter of Jude. Jude first explains succinctly who he is. Jude doesn’t boast, “Listen up, what you’re about to hear is from the Lord’s brother;” he doesn’t lord over the brethren with his credentials. No, Jude addresses the brethren as a lowly bond-servant – a willing slave to the Lord of all, and an equal with those he’s writing to. After that, Jude tells us who he is witting to; it’s a letter, “to the called ones.” This is not a general letter to all mankind, but to a specific group, those who are “called,” in other words, to the elect in Christ. Jude elaborates on this – this is not only to the called but those who are called and “beloved in God our father