The book of Jude was the last epistle accepted into the Canon.
Jude was the half brother of Jesus, but he calls himself merely "a servant of Christ". He became a follower of Jesus Christ after the resurrection. (Other brothers and sisters of Jesus never believed.)
Jude began to see a drift in the early church away from sound doctrine-Jude 1:4. He wrote the book of Jude in response to believers who were floundering.
Jude is written to believers-Jude 1:1
The beginning of Jude explains three key concepts of Christianity:
1. Believers are sanctified by God.
Permanent position, prepared, set apart by God the Father, in a unique way, in contrast to the world believers in Christ are different
John 15 "in the world but not of the world"
John 17:17 sanctification process
Ephesians 5:26 being in the word of God, truth
2 Timothy 2:21 preparation for the work of God by studying the word of God
1 Peter 1:2 believers are becoming a a different person, new in Christ
2. Believers are preserved in Jesus Christ.
Sealed, in Christ Jesus, saved, eternally kept, process of eternal life, kept for the purposes of God, eternity
2 Peter 1:4 promises of God are forever
John 1:1 word of God is eternal
2 Timothy 4:18 preserving to heaven, a time yet to come
John 10:28, 29, 30 given eternal life, new , kept in Jesus Christ, Jesus is unable to be separated from God, "they are one"
2 Corinthians 5:17 new, in Christ, also in God
Ephesians 2:6, 7 heavenly places in Christ Jesus, unified in Christ, ages to come
Colossians 1:28 perfect in Christ Jesus
*did you know there are 365 different denominations of Christianity - one day they will all be together in heaven through Jesus Christ, no divisions, all that will matter is Christ...
3. Believers are called by the Holy Spirit.
Performance, "NO ONE IS CALLED TO DO NOTHING, EVERYONE IS CALLED TO DO SOMETHING!"
John 15:16 called, chosen
Ephesians 4:1 purpose in God, called to do something
1 Thessalonians 2:12 worthy of God, worthy of your calling
2 Timoty 1:8-12 holy calling, God's purpose for us, appointed, serving God