Jude:  Defend the faith.  Remain faithful.

Written by Juliet Main | June 26, 2010 |

In the book of Jude, Jude, who describes himself as “a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James” ( Jude 1:1)  writes to the church to warn them to defend the faith and to protect themselves and other Christians against false teachers so that they do not turn away from Christ.

“Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share.  But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people”  Jude 1:3

As Christ followers and members of the Body of Christ, we have been entrusted with the truth that must be defended and with people who we must build up and protect.  How do we do this?  We do it by prayerfully reading and studying the Bible so that we know the truth and will recognize false teaching.  We do it by being in a community of other Christians who are all trying to figure this out together and speaking truth in grace to each other when necessary. 

Not much has changed years since Jude wrote this letter.  False teachings, distractions and temptations are all around us, but we don’t need to be afraid or intimidated for…

“Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.  All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord.  All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.”  Jude 1:24-25