Hey Jude 11.20.22

Text Analysis: (Identifying Key Words, Conclusive Phrases, Sentences, Main and Subordinate Clauses, Greek and Hebrew Idioms)

[Verse 1-3]

Servant of Jesus Christ: [Grk] doulos; As we have said, Jude did not identify himself as Jesus’ brother but rather as his “slave or servant”. For Jude, being recognized as a servant of Jesus was more significant than being brother. It was Jude’s honor and privilege to give his life in service to his Lord. In context, the term "servant" was a title of honor in the company of such great leaders of Israel called the same: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Samuel, David, Daniel, and such. Authors of the New Testament epistles commonly labeled themselves and others “slaves or servants of Christ". As a title of distinction, it meant they were part of God’s divine family and official envoys of Christ the Messiah (Kingly). Some things never change in the ego-centric value system of men - the higher the social/political/wealth/religion/celebrity status of one's master, the weightier the power of the representing servant. Since Jude is the serving-ambassador of Jesus Christ … we should understand his self-designation as a claim to authority, divine commission, and perhaps even inspiration. He considered himself a servant of his master, Jesus - Messiah.

Matthew 10:10-12

Mede kaleo kathegetes, hoti sy eimi heis kathegete ho Christos. De ho megas sy eimi sy diakanos. De os tis ypsos autos tapeinoo kai hostis tapeinos autos hypsoo.

Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Common Salvation: [Grk] kolvok; a belief in, in the interest of, the main principle to, the tenets of, for the cause of, mutually shared and agreed biblical doctrine upon which; commonly held and preserved by two or more. Our eternal salvation in Christ Jesus, preached and discipled as per the Gospel of the same. It is this tenet of the Christian faith we commonly agree, protect, and share. Salvation only comes to us in God the Son - Christ Jesus. All authority, unity, and dominion rests in Him according to the will and righteous pleasure of God the Sovereign Father.

Acts 4:8-12

Houtos Iesous eimi ho lithos, ho exoutheneo hypo si ho oikodomos, ho ginomai eis kephale gonia. Kai eimi ho soteria en ou oudeis allos gar, eimi oude heteros onoma hypo ho ouranos ho didomai en anthropos en hos ego dei sozo.

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Contend Earnestly for the Faith: [Grk] epagonizomai ho pistis; to engage in an intense spiritual and strategic struggle against opposers and enemies of biblical doctrine, faith in God, and the active belief and practice Gospel of Christ Jesus. Jude was not calling merely for a rhetorical defense of the faith, but for a concerted unified and relentless struggle to defeat the false teachers; this was a call to an offensive advance more than a defensive stand. No quiet-quitting. Moreover, this was not just a negative fight (Name-calling, mean tweets, character attacks) to defeat the heretics but rather Jude calls for a concerted righteous effort to disciple, equip, build up, and safeguard the community of Christ (verses 20–21), as well as to rescue (bring back) those endangered and deceived by the heresy and false teaching that had infiltrated the first century Church. Teach God's truth.

The object of this intense effort is “the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.” “The faith” [Grk; tē … pistei] does not refer to subjective trust in God but to the full content of Christian truth and teaching.

Romans 10:8-9

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Ephesians 4:12-16

...to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

The resonating word from Paul is the word "entrusted." This carries a very specific semantic range. It is comparable to the word "imparted", which is an active and continual teaching process which requires that teacher’s model and live their valued traditions and tenets of faith by example; “handed down, passed on” and speaks of traditional truths passed from one generation to the next. To your children, and to your children's children. The faith once and for all delivered to the saints...

Colossians 2:8

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:15-17

So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

In this case, from God to the apostles to the church. The stress on these doctrines or tenets of faith being transmitted “once for all” underscores the eternal nature of God’s truth and contrasts it with the novel, false teachings of these heretics.

2 Timothy 1:13-14

Eche hypotyposin hygiano logos hos akouo para ego, en pistis kai agape ho en Christos Iesous. Dia hagios pneuma ho enoikeo en ego, phylasso ho kalos paratheke.

Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

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