Simon and Jude, Apostles.
Jude 1-4, 17-25
1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, To those who are called, who are beloved in God the Father and kept safe for Jesus Christ: 2 May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance. 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. 4 For certain intruders have stolen in among you, people who long ago were designated for this condemnation as ungodly, who pervert the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. 17 But you, beloved, must remember the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 for they said to you, ‘In the last time there will be scoffers, indulging their own ungodly lusts.’ 19 It is these worldly people, devoid of the Spirit, who are causing divisions. 20 But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; 21 keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to] eternal life. 22 And have mercy on some who are wavering; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; and have mercy on still others with fear, hating even the tunic defiled by their bodies. 24 Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, 25 to the only God our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and for ever. Amen.
Jude was a blood relative of Jesus, but he considered himself only as a bondservant of Jesus Christ. The fact that he wanted himself to be known this way instead of introducing himself as “Jude, the half-brother of Jesus” tells us something of the humility of Jude and the relative unimportance of being connected to Jesus by human relationships. In this letter, Jude is warning Christians against following false teachers. Not everyone who calls the name of Jesus is righteous but some will come in his name while they are jackals in sheep´s skin. We had about this warning for the master himself. Therefore, as Christians, we should pray for the spirit of discernment so that we can discern false teachers from true teachers. We live in a world where the name of Jesus is used in vain on daily basis. Jesus´ name is being used by some for commercial ventures instead of furthering the kingdom of God. Many will be lost in the name of Jesus hence we need to be mindful of the machinations of the devil. Learn to read the bible on your own and ask for God´s wisdom in understanding it. May the almighty God have mercy on us and save us from the teeth of the jackals that are putting of the sheep´s skin. Amen.