Morning Devotion: Read Jude

Jude 1:3  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.

After reading verses 1and 2, I realize I have a wonderful relationship with the Lord. He has given me mercy and peace and love, a good love, in my heart. When I pillow my head at night, I am fully secure in the knowledge of my salvation.

As we further read, we find ourselves in verse three. The first thing we read is the word “Beloved.” Jude is writing to believers.

The Scriptures give five names to Christians — saints, for their holiness; believers, for their faith; brethren, for their love; disciples, for their knowledge and beloved, for their relationship with Jesus and with the brothers and sisters in Christ.

I hope you can be called by these terms of endearment. I hope that you are saved and have faith in the love and work of Jesus. I hope you are growing in the knowledge of the Lord.

2 Peter 3:18  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

He writes about the common salvation. Jude 1:3  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.

One Person wrote: “God’s rescue of sinners is called SALVATION because we are delivered from sin’s penalty which is death, from guilt and from God’s wrath.” SALVATION has the idea of healing and preservation as read in verse 1.

It is common because it is the only salvation, a salvation for all who believe. There is no other. There is no other gospel which leads to salvation.

That is why Jude writes that we contend for the faith, the one and only faith. This is not a fighting but a standing in the faith.

Paul the Apostle writes in 1 Corinthians 16:13  “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith quit you like men, be strong.”

He also writes to the church of Galatia: Galatians 1:6  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

I have a friend who years ago preached a message at our church explaining the different FALSE gospels to be aware of as recorded in chapter one of Galatians.

1.       The pleasing gospel, where everyone is pleased because it is a soft pleasant gospel of love for all no matter how live or what you do. After all, God doesn’t let anyone go to hell. Verse 10

2.       The gospel of religion, verse 13

3.       The gospel of works, verse 13, this was the gospel Paul practiced before he was genuinely saved.

4.       The gospel of tradition, verse 14

5.       The supernatural gospel, verse 8, This is a gospel where people have a supernatural experience and think they are saved as a result. I know a man who thought he was saved because he saw a bright light and claimed it knocked him out. When he woke up, he thought he was saved.

Salvation will always be of God by Christ Jesus; there is no other way.

Isaiah 45:22  Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

John 6:40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

There is one faith, one gospel and the results lead to one salvation. That salvation gives us the wonderful blessings of mercy, peace and love multiplied.

The person who truly believes and has experienced true salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ truly understands the impact of these verses and gravity of error.

The common salvation is the one whereby those who have turned from sin and self and trust Jesus to save them and are truly saved.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook