|Called, Loved, and Kept|
Jude 1, 2
The Story: Jude, the brother of James, was probably, like James, a half-brother of our Lord Jesus. From the very opening of this epistle, therefore, we have to marvel at the power of grace. Recall that Jesus’ brothers did not believe in Him (Jn. 7:5). The resurrection changed that, at least for James and Jude. By the time he wrote this epistle, somewhere around the middle of the first century, Jude had not only come to faith in the Lord, but he appears to have achieved some prominence as a leader (“servant”) in the Church – again, like his brother James. His words of greeting give powerful testimony to the workings of grace. Those who believe in Jesus have attained that status by virtue of having been called to salvation by their loving Father. Now, by His indwelling Spirit and Word of promise, He keeps all believers for His Son, our Bridegroom and Lord, Jesus Christ. Within that relationship, mercy, peace, and love are multiplied to us day by day. Beyond the pale of faith in Christ, people struggle to know even fleeting moments of these so-rare commodities. Yet they are ours in Jesus, day by day, because of the grace of Him Who turns our unbelief to faith and our deadness to eternal life in Himself.
The Structure: A typical letter from one person to another in Jude’s day would begin with some variation of “Greetings and good health.” Nice, but hardly much to arrest our attention. The Gospel changes everything, even the way we regard one another, greet one another, and think about one another in the Lord. We are His chosen, loved, and kept people; we should remind one another of this as often as we can, and encourage one another to live each day in the privileges and promises of grace (Heb. 10:24).
Whom can you remind today of the great and joyous privilege of being called, loved, and kept by God the Father? Don’t miss the opportunity to do so!
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