Daily Devotion: The 300th Edition

Text:  Jude 1:3

Beloved, while eagerly preparing to write to you about the salvation we share, I find it necessary to write and appeal to you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.

In verses 1 and 2, Jude greets the saints but in verse 3 he jumps straight to the purpose of writing his letter. It is unusual to start an epistle with the word ´beloved´ (ἀγαπητοί) and this demonstrates the urgency of the matter. The phrase ´i find it necessary to write and appeal to you´ (πασαν σπουδηνποιουμενος) demonstrates that he was determined to write about this subject with a passion. In the letter, Jude seems to have changed his original purpose of writing the letter. Firstly, he wanted to write about the subject of salvation but later changed his mind and decides to write about the subject of faith. What might have led Jude to change his mind? The obvious answer is inspiration. Maybe the Holy Spirit has made him to change his mind, but it is highly possible that something might have happened while preparing to write the letter. He is now appealing to the saints to aggressively defend their faith, why? Probably the answer will come in the next verses. Surely certain dangers were looming in the church. Two takeaways for today are: 1. The faith that we profess was entrusted to us by the apostles hence we need to guard it jealously. 2. We should always be vigilant against impending danger

The Revd Canon Dr I. S. Gusha
Ss Philip and James Anglican Church
Palma de Mallorca.

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