A video teaching on ‘The Epistle of Jude (Intro & verses 1-2),’ by Bill Rhetts

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The Epistle of Jude (Intro & verses 1-2), by Bill Rhetts  

In this expositional teaching of the Epistle of Jude, I will do a verse by verse – exegetical teaching through the Scriptures. This sermon includes, but is not limited to ~

  • An introduction
  • The authorship
  • Timeline & occasion
  • The genre and literary conclusions
  • The primary purpose
  • The Theology of Jude
  • The Christology of Jude
  • The greeting
  • An expository teaching of verses 1 thru 2.

“Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you” (Jude 1:1-2).

The following are my notes for vs 1c, Jude pens-in a disclaimer that this letter is “to those who are called.” Who are the “called?”

This word ‘called’ is the Grk word klētos (klay-tos’), it is an adjective, and is used 11 times.

A better description of those ‘called’ (or klay-tos’) they are those that have been ‘invited,’ i.e. appointed, or (specially), a saint – who is called.

It is Gods ‘elect,’ that He ‘chose,’ those that He predestined to add to His church.

My Lexicon further describes those ‘called’ as ~

  1. Those invited (to a banquet).
  2. Those invited (by God in the proclamation of the Gospel), to obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom through Christ.
  3. Those called to (the discharge of) some office, or
  4. Those Divinely selected and appointed.

There is a grave difference between a mere ‘professing’ believer, and one that has truly been ‘called’ (justified / born-again).

As Matthew Henry said,

“Christians are ‘called-out’ of the world, from the evil spirit and temper of it; called above the world, to higher and better things, to heaven, things unseen and eternal; called from sin to Christ, from vanity to seriousness, from uncleanness to holiness; and this according to the Divine purpose and grace…”

It is important to know and understand that God does not save the lost by utilizing ‘general invitations’ as seen in today’s unbiblical altar calls or Crusades. But He ‘calls’ (or ‘elects’) His people with specificity, as He chooses.

As one scholar said it is the “expression of God’s sovereign and gracious initiative, in effectually summoning to salvation, those whom He has chosen.”

Romans 8:28-30 says ~

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined He also called, and those whom He called He also justified, and those whom He justified He also glorified.”

As always in the Epistles, this does not refer to a ‘general invitation’ to salvation, but to God’s irresistible, ‘elective call’ to salvation.

For your own future use, more cross references are (including but not limited to), Rom 1:7, 1 Cor 1:23-24, 1 Thess 5:24, & 2 Thess 2:13-14).

Through this Theological ‘calling,’ this ‘call’ yields the following ~

  • Fellowship with Christ ( 1 Cor 1:9)
  • Peace (1 Cor 7:15)
  • Freedom (Gal 5:13)
  • A worthy walk (Eph 4:11)
  • Hope (Eph 4:4)
  • Holiness (1 Pet 1:15)
  • Blessings (1 Pet 3:9), and
  • Eternal glory (1 Pet 5:10).

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