The author of this letter is Jude, who is the brother of James and the half-brother of Jesus. Jude’s name is also referred to as Juda, or Judas. Mark 6:3, Acts 1:13 Jude addresses himself as “a servant of Jesus Christ.”
The book of Jude is a letter that is addressed to believers who share in the common salvation in Jesus Christ. Jude 1:1 “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:”
Believers who are “Sanctified” by God.
Those who are made holy and are saints in Christ – 1 Corinthians 6:11, Philippians 1:1
Believers who are “Preserved” in Jesus Christ.
Preserve = to guard, to keep.
This speaks of our eternal security that we have in Jesus Christ Believers who are “Called.”
Anyone who believes in Christ are the “Called.”
This expresses just how much Jude desires to see God’s people filled with God’s goodness as they live out their faith and contend for it.
JUDE EXHORTS THE BELIEVERS
Jude 1:3“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
Jude initially desired to write to the believers regarding the “common salvation.”
The “common salvation” refers to the one and only Gospel we all believed to be part of the body of Christ. Romans 1:16
Jude calls the believers “beloved.”; again, this shows Jude’s strong affection for God’s people.
The main purpose as to why Jude writes this divine letter was to “Exhort” the believers about the creeps who were creeping in the church and corrupting the grace of God.
To Exhort simply means to come along side of; to beseech, to entreat, to appeal to; to encourage with instruction.
Jude makes it clear that his letter of exhortation was needful.
Jude 1:3 “…it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you…”
EARNESTLY CONTEND FOR THE FAITH
Jude 1:3 “ …it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
Jude saw it NEEDFUL to exhort the believers in his letter to “earnestly contend for the faith.”
To “EARNESTLY CONTEND” means to struggle, to agonise with.
It carries the idea of having strong determination and passion to stand and fight for the truth.
It is to be earnest about the truth we hold to.
It is to be fervent – not flippant about the essential truth of God’s Word.
It is to fight for the sake of the truth, and not to be indifferent about the truth.
It is to have a heart to defend the faith with passion.
“We are to be soldiers who hold the fort at any cost” Warren Wiersbe
If Jude saw the need to write that we should earnestly contend for the faith, then, we must see the need to earnestly contend for the faith. “When the great truths of Christianity are attacked, it is criminal to sit on the sidelines; therefore, Jude sounds the call to battle.” John Phillips
There is a difference between Contending and being Contentious.
Yes, we must not be cowards; but we must be courageous without being contentious and condescending.
We must understand that there is a godly and an ungodly way in contending.