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Enter the Ring

Contend for the Faith  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  38:32
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Introduction
We all want peace. Sometimes, you have to enter the ring.
Speaking of Jude, Origen said it is “An Epistle of few lines but full of the mighty words of heavenly grace.”
Jude was written as a sermon that could have been delivered verbally, were his audience present. A unique characteristic of Jude’s style is his consistent organization in groups of three.
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The Author: Jude

Read Jude 1
Jude 1 NKJV
1 Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ:
The Brother of James, 1
The Brother of Jesus, Matthew 13:55 “55 Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas?”
The Companion of Peter, as evidenced by similarities to 2 Peter

The Audience

Read Jude 1
Jude 1 NKJV
1 Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ:
It seems apparent that Jude’s original audience was primarily Jewish Christians living in a gentile world.

The Description of His Audience

Called - invited into relationship
Sanctified by God the Father - the same word as holy; set apart both by God and to God
Preserved in Jesus Christ, literally
kept by his authority, under in his charge
kept by his guarding, under his watch

The Desire for His Audience

Read Jude 2
Jude 2 NKJV
2 Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.
Mercy (not getting what you do deserve) and its implied twin grace (getting what you do not deserve)
Peace - literally harmonious relationship
with God
with others
Love - (agape) unconditional love
received by them
given by them
He wished these blessings be multiplied to them.

The Occasion

Read Jude 3-4
Jude 3–4 NKJV
3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
His Desire: to write about a shared experience of salvation.
His Necessity: to write about a shared defense of faith. (exhort is to call to one’s side, Jude is calling his audience to rally around an effort he is already engaged in)
Why? There are apostates in our ranks.
They are ungodly - without reverence for God, actively opposing Him
They are misleading - trying to turn grace into license for all kinds of sinful behavior
They are contradictory
they deny the Lordship of God
they deny the Lordship of Jesus
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