Written by Larry M. Jaynes:
In the Book of Jude, the Prophet gives the believers some encouraging inspirations to stand against some false teachings that have crept into the fellowship of believers. Jude refers to our salvation as the common salvation, because salvation in Christ was becoming well known, as it is also well known today.
-1: JUDE, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
-2: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
-3: Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
When Jude explained the “common salvation” that so many people were experiencing he further exhorted the believers to “earnestly contend for the faith,” this faith is the faith of Jesus Christ that each believer receives (Galatians 3:22).
The word “contend” means to be in a spiritual contest, enjoying the actual faith of Jesus Christ, which is to have his believing faith on our side, because when we believe in his believing power for us, then things will begin to happen in and around our lives in a most positive way.
We believers have mercy, peace, and God’s love that is continuously being multiplied in our lives because we have been sanctified by God, and preserved for eternal life in Christ Jesus, and to this end were we called. Yet, Jude writes that there is a daily competition to walk upright in God’s calling us into the common salvation, so that we may enjoy His grace upon us.
There are some who even today will do their best to cause believers to walk out of bounds and as a result not receive God’s true blessings upon our lives.
Jude 1:4 – For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Lasciviousness” means to have a super abundance of ungodly lust. God’s grace covers for the sins that believers make, yet at times a heart can become hardened and start thinking that they can do anything regardless of how wrong they know it to be, and begin living a lifestyle of lasciviousness while thinking that God simply forgives their calloused, lustful behavior (Romans 6:1-4, II Peter 2:1).
The end result for this kind of abusive behavior with God’s divine grace denies the life that God called us into, and denies one’s ability to receive God’s spiritual blessings in grace.
God gave us grace because we need it, His grace is given for this purpose: That we may have spiritual freedom to walk with God. Our loving God multiplied His grace and love upon our lives so that we may make honest attempts to enjoy His love, and when we do our God is most pleased with us.
-21: Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
-22: And of some have compassion, making a difference:
What a timeless and exhilarating exhortation from God’s healing Word to “keep yourselves in the love of God.” It is His love that covers a multitude of sins, as we continue looking forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ who gave his life for us, so that we may enjoy having eternal life.
In our daily adventures down here, we can continue enjoying Our Common Salvation, which can be mutually enjoyed by all of God’s children. We may become compassionate enough with our salvation to make a difference in life, especially to and for our own lives, and then so that we may reach out to help another.