Text Analysis: (Identifying Key Words, Conclusive Phrases, Sentences, Main and Subordinate Clauses, Greek and Hebrew Idioms)
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). The higher the social 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.
Common Salvation: [Grk] kolvok; mutually shared and agreed upon; commonly held and preserved by two or more. The eternal salvation preached and discipled as per the Gospel of Christ Jesus. It is this tenet of the Christian faith we commonly agree, protect, and share.
Houtos 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.
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 calling not for a mere defense of the faith, but for a concerted righteous struggle to defeat the false teachers; this was offense more than defense. In addition, this was not just a negative fight (name-calling, character attacks) to defeat the heretics - but rather Jude calls for a concerted 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.
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; Galatians 1:23; Ephesians 4:13), tantamount to the gospel “Entrusted” literally is “handed down, passed on” and speaks of traditional truths passed from one generation to the next (1 Corinthians 11:2; Colossians 2:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; 3:6; 2 Timothy 2:2), in this case, from God to the apostles to the church. The stress on these doctrines being transmitted “once for all” underscores the eternal nature of God’s truth and contrasts it with the novel, false teachings of these heretics.
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