Jude – Revealing Our Common Salvation

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.

Jude 1:1-3:
-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.

Jude 1:21-22:
-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.

The Knowledge of Christ (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Once there was a man who hated Christians. He persecuted them at every opportunity; he put them into prison, and gave his vote to have them executed by stoning them to death. He carried written permission from the leaders of his day to go anywhere, into any home, and forcefully drag out men and women and take them to jail. From the depths of his heart he loved God, and walked faithfully and blameless before others who believed in his religion and he somehow did this with a clear conscience. Yet he was a very religious man who prayed and worshiped the same God we pray and worship. He believed in his heart that the Christian movement came from the pits of hell.

I have no doubt that I would not allow him into my home or around my friends because his very presence could mean death. He thought in his heart that he was a great believer and that he was doing the right things before his God as he personally anticipated the coming of the Redeemer.

This man lived in the first century as a Pharisee, he had the best schooling that money could buy. He also had the right credentials as he sat under the greatest, first century teacher of the Old Testament Scriptures, named Gamaliel (Acts 5:34, Acts 22:3), and he was one of Gamaliel’s favorite pupils. This man was Saul, also known in the Scriptures as Paul (the difference in the two names is that Saul comes from the Hebrew spelling, while Paul is from the Greek).

Acts 22:4 – And I {Paul} persecuted this way {this way represented the followers of Jesus Christ who was, is, and shall always be “the way, the truth, and the life” John 14:6} unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.

I Timothy 1:12-13:
-12: And I {Paul} thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
-13: Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious {an insulter}: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

Ignorantly in unbelief means that Paul did not have the right information to believe correctly, even with all his religious training in the Scriptures which foretell and announce the coming of Christ, the promised Messiah. Paul completely missed the truths in the Scriptures that reveal Jesus Christ to be the promised Redeemer and the Savior of humanity.

One day when Paul was on the road to Damascus he, for the first time in his life met Jesus Christ, and as we know from the Scriptures, Paul had an immediate change of mind and heart, because he for the first time in his life saw the true spiritual realities of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said to Paul in Acts 9:5 “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest!” Can you imagine?

Personally — if I were Paul — this meeting would have given me a heart attack! Yet, Paul recognized the error of his ways, changed his mind, and he became one of the greatest believers this world has ever known, he received perhaps more revelation and inspiration than any man or woman has received in all of history.

The great Apostle Paul from that day forward dedicated his life to teaching and showing others the depths of God’s grace, love, and forgiveness. Paul helped believers receive an understanding of the healing Word by preaching Jesus Christ, who in turn reveals the righteousness of God to our inner hearts, as His Word continues blessing our lives with spiritual truth.

Philippians 3:8-9:
-8: Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered {or allowed} the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ {there is nothing as precious as learning about Christ},
-9: And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Discovering our Lord and Savior in the Word of God is a rewarding adventure in this life as Jesus said, the Scriptures testify of me (John 5:39). It is Jesus who opens up our understanding to the Word of God, so with him the words in the Word begin making perfect sense. Luke wrote: ”Then opened he {Jesus} their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures” (Luke 24:45).

II Peter 1:2:
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.

Grace and peace is something we may expect to receive simply by going to our Bibles and looking for the knowledge of Christ, who is according to I Corinthians 1:24, ”the power, and wisdom of God.”

Grace and peace being multiplied in the Apostle Paul’s heart is what changed his life around and presented to him great deliverance, and this will also bless us with the inner comfort of having grace and peace in our hearts through discovering the wondrous knowledge of Christ.