Heavenly Minded

Jude calls himself, (δοῦλος doulos) it means bondservant, bondman. Not one who gives money to free, but rather one who sells him/her self into service. One totally dedicated and submissive to their master. This is what it means to make Jesus the Lord of our life. Some people have wondered why Jude didn’t reference Jesus Christ as his half-brother. Instead, he takes a position of humility, which was not uncommon. James, another half-brother of Jesus identifies himself in similar fashion James 1:1~ James a servant (δοῦλος doulos) of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. (NIV) 

The death and resurrection of Jesus changed all of His physical relationships. Jesus is no longer Jude’s half-brother—He is now his Savior and Master. This is why both of Jesus’ half-brothers who wrote epistles James and Jude refrain from mentioning their physical relationship to Jesus. Jesus is the only son of God. Now, in Jude’s introduction, he mentions The Wondrous Power of God by sharing four wonderful things: Sanctifies, Keeps, Calls, Meets. 

He Sanctifies us. Jude is writing to the church at large, that we are sanctified by God the Father Jude 1~Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified (ἁγιάζω hagiazō) by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: (KJV) The word (ἁγιάζω hagiazō) sanctified means to be set apart, to be used by God. It refers to believers being separated from sinful, or worldly, behavior. Salvation is instantaneous because we are saved immediately and eternally when in faith, through no effort of our own, we receive Christ Jesus as our Savior and Lord. However, sanctification is a lifelong process whereby we become more and more like Jesus Christ. This process requires a whole bunch of effort on our part. 

John 17:17~ Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. (NIV) Jesus was saying Father, make them holy. When we clean it is a process, like sanctification. As we study and apply God’s Word, it has a cleansing, effect. Which is to sanctify us. Therefore, the more we apply God’s Word to our lives the more we become like Jesus Christ. Jude reminds us that the first wonderful thing God does for us is He Sanctifies Sanctifies us. 

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