Jude, Session 2.3 – Multiplied Mercy, Peace, and Love be yours
May God’s mercy, peace, and love be all over our lives, and may it be there in abundance – multiplied and exceedingly more than we have the ability to comprehend!
So you are called, you are loved, and now look at this. You are kept! I love this word and I love how gentle Jude is being as he gets ready to jump into his message. You can sense the Holy Spirit’s finger prints all over this intro.
The Greek word, Tēreō (Kept or preserved) is an important word for the believer
To guard from loss or injury, properly by keeping the eye upon.
I remember when my children were little and we would go to the playground. I could be talking to another adult, but all the while I would be keeping an eye on my children and if I thought for one second they were in trouble or about to be in trouble I would swoop in and take action immediately to protect them. I was guarding them from loss or injury, properly by keeping my eye upon them. That’s the sense you get from this word. God is keeping and eye on us and is ever ready to swoop in and protect us from the enemy of our souls.
Scofield Reference Notes
“Assurance is the believer’s full conviction that, through the work of Christ alone, received by faith, he is in possession of a salvation in which he will be eternally kept. And this assurance rests only upon the Scripture promises to him who believes.”
Jude continues the love fest. The Apostle Paul starts most of his epistles with Grace and Peace, this one starts with Mercy and peace.
What’s the difference between Grace and Mercy and why do you think Jude starts his letter off with Mercy, instead of grace?
A way to look at it is like this:
Mercy: You don’t get what you deserve
Grace: You do get what you don’t deserve.
Mercy says you don’t have to go to hell, Grace says not only are you not going to hell but you’re going to heaven with all the rights and benefits of a child of God. Paul prays it over those he sends the epistle to but Jude prays for Mercy.
Why did the Holy Spirit select Mercy for this one instead of Grace?
The only other times Mercy is used is interestingly enough in the pastoral epistles and 2nd John, which is written to “the elect lady”. I think Mercy is a beautiful word that is made more beautiful against the backdrop of judgment. We are going to be talking about judgment a bit in this epistle, and so against that harsh reality, Mercy shows itself to be that much more beautiful.
If judgment is going to come to me, I am hoping for mercy. Grace might be too high for me to even think about, but ahhh…. Mercy God!
Thank God for our merciful God!
Then he goes on to talk about peace. Once we receive God’s mercy we are made righteous in Christ. We then have peace with God. We are not at war with him anymore. And because we have peace with God, we can then receive the Peace of God. Do you have peace? If you don’t, it’s yours for the asking. It’s part of your birthright. If we have sin in our life, we bring it to him. We confess it and turn from it. The Bible says he’s faithful to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. And once we do this, we are in position and need to ask for and seek not just peace with God – we already have that – but the peace of God.
We have mercy, we have peace, and then Jude brings it up again. 2 x’s in 2 verses. Love. Agape. God’s kind of love.
And so in Jude’s greeting he doesn’t just want us to have mercy, peace, and love. It then says be yours in abundance. In another translation it says be multiplied. So that’s my prayer for everyone hearing (or reading this). And this is a great prayer that we can pray over each other.
May God’s mercy, peace, and love be all over our lives, and may it be there in abundance.
Good stuff and we are still in the introduction!
But now, Jude is going to shift gears. He’s about to get serious. Verse 3 is the key verse of the entire epistle. We’ll leave off here and pick it up next time.
And until next time, may God richly bless you and yours.
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