Reflection : Jude 1

To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ.” 

The more I study the letter of Jude the more I’m impressed with how he identifies the people to address his letters to. Obviously, he was writing to Christians and he refers to them as “called”, “loved” and “kept for Jesus Christ.”
 
Jude writes to those who need counsel and encouragement to oppose the doctrines of false teachers. Jude first describes the spiritual gifts the believers have received. They have been called by God to be His people. That is, those who have been called are Christians. They have left the world of sin and have entered the light of life.
 
When God calls sinners to Himself through Jesus Christ, He as their Father expresses His love to them. He welcomes sinners into the family of believers and the household of God. Through Christ, then, believers experience the continual love of God the Father.
 
The Father protects the followers of Jesus from the attacks of Satan (John 17:15) and keeps them whole and complete at the coming of Jesus Christ (1 Thess. 5:23). How comforting it is to hear Jude affirming the truth that those whom the Father has loved are preserved by the Son.