Jude 1:3 “Beloved, while I was making every effort to write to you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once and for all handed down to the saints.”
Today’s post aims to provide a summary of Jude’s inspired letter to the Christians of his day and to Christians living today. The author of this short letter is identified as “Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and the brother of James.” This identification of the author can give insight into the personal motivation behind what Jude was thinking as he composed this letter under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
We know from texts such as Matthew 13:55 that Jesus had siblings who had been borne by Mary following his birth. Further testimony in John 7:4 describes how none of Jesus’ half-brothers (which of course would include James and Jude) had believed Jesus to be the Messiah and Savior during the course of His earthly ministry. We are told by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:7 that James had been an eyewitness of Jesus in His post-resurrection appearances.
Regardless of how Jude’s conversion began, we can be assured of how he conceived of himself at the time of his letter. Jude describes himself first as a “bond-servant”, that is, as one who voluntarily gave himself into servitude to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Jude had been radically converted and associated Himself with Jesus as a “servant” to “Master”. It is in his identification of “brother of James” that Jude gives his identity away.