One of the shortest Letters in the New Testament, containing only 25 verses, was written by Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ and the brother of James. Placed just before Revelation, the last book in the Bible, it is unfortunately, seldom read or preached. Jude’s message is an appeal to the faithful and a prophecy.
The appeal was out of necessity, “contend earnestly for the faith.” It would be necessary because of the prophecy. Like Judas betraying Christ, people will sneak in among us teaching that all manor of fornications are covered by God’s grace. They have turned the “grace of our God into indecent behavior.” Now these accursed, who await destruction, betray the faith and corrupt the meaning of love. Their behavior denies the faith of the saints who have been called to obey Jesus, our Lord and Master.
“Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all time handed down to the saints.
For certain people have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand written about regarding this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into indecent behavior and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” (Jude 1:3-4 NASB)
We are to contend earnestly for the faith by speaking the truth, and opposing the teachings that would turn the grace of God into a license for continual immoralities and perversions. Through Jude, God revealed His judgements and compares these abusers of grace with unbelievers, perverts and lustful fallen angels. As a prophecy it is a lot easier than Revelation to understand. I pray you take the time to read Jude’s remaining verses.
Jude warned the body of Christ that these people had already “crept in unnoticed.” It is clear that many of today’s churches and denominations have failed to “contend earnestly for the faith.” That this would happen is a disgrace.