Jude has many various theories on who the author was and the estimated date when this book was written. For our purposes, the writer’s audience appears to be those who had heard the Apostles and salvation is only through Christ. But they were becoming evil, disobedient and enjoyed various sexual perversions. The author compares them to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. They were only interested in themselves and did not even acknowledge there was a God anymore. There is a “but” to this book. “But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life”. Jude 21-21. (NIV).
“But” there were still believers among the people who were not being influenced by the evil-doers and corruption around them. Jude shares the punishment God has for the disobedient. He will show mercy to those who have kept the faith and continue to pray and worship through the Holy Spirit. They build each other up in their faith as they wait for His coming of Jesus Christ to bring them to eternal life. By acknowledging God, keeping your faith and living in HIs love allows us to encourage others to stay focused. This focus is very much needed today again as we challenge ourselves and others to stay on course for God.
How are you with staying on course for God?
Any modifications to help you better to stay on His course and not the world’s?