The book of Jude is quite a short read, yet it holds rich depth of doctrinal content.
Overall, the Book of Jude is an interesting piece of the New Testament. Not just because it reminds people of the popular Beatles hit, “Hey Jude“. For me, this small book begs the thought: “These few words that Jude recorded must be significant, that God would allow them to be included in the canon of Scripture!“
As many might agree, it’s generally not a book that is frequently chosen to be read through, or even preached on for that matter. Personally, I have heard hundreds, if not thousands of sermons and devotionals over the years. Nevertheless, I have yet to hear one given on a passage from Jude.
Regardless, the truth remains that this small piece of New Testament Scripture holds its fair share of doctrine! It has been carefully placed into a tiny package for us to ponder and enjoy. As you read through the letter, you will agree that many of these few words are foundational to our Christian’s Faith.
Before I quote my favourite passage from Jude, I might add that I not only enjoy Jude’s words; but I also really like his name. So much so, that my wife and I named our first son after him. Now, from Jude’s Epistle, I give you verses 17 through 25:
“But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, ‘In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.’ These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. (17-19)
But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. (20-23)
To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” (24-25)
Why do we know “Hey Jude” better than the Book of Jude?
*Original content taken from QuietMorningsWithHim.com post by Jeremy Norton: Though Often Overlooked, The Book of Jude Provides Incredible Depth – September 28th, 2009