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Jude 1:1

1 Jude [Ioudas], the servant [doulos] of Jesus [Iesous] Christ [Christos], and [de] brother [adelphos] of James [Iakobos], to them that are sanctified [hagiazo] by [en] God [theos] the Father [pater], and [kai] preserved [tereo] in Jesus [Iesous] Christ [Christos], and called [kletos]: KJV-Interlinear

1 Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ: NASB

Jude is the half brother of Jesus. Born to Joseph and Mary, he is one of several children that Mary had during her life. Note that Mary was a virgin when she became pregnant with Jesus. Joseph had nothing to do with that pregnancy, but once Jesus was born, then Joseph and Mary had a normal life together, including having more children of their own.

One can only imagine what it might have been like growing up with Jesus. I am certain that Jesus never made an issue about His true identity until He began His ministry at the Jordan River where He met John the Baptist.

Then the test in the desert and then the travels from city to city, and the miracles that began with one little healing that turned into a following of masses of people and miracles of all sorts everyday. All along the way, Jesus' siblings resisted in their belief in Him as the Christ. We are only told in Acts, that His siblings finally believed in Him as the Lord (and not simply their gifted brother). When each child believed is not stated, but they all did finally believe before each of them died at the end of their normal life.

Jude indicates His attitude toward Christ here in the opening verse of His letter.

He calls himself a servant, a bond slave, one who is subordinate to and subject to, a master of higher status and authority, and one who has no rights whatsoever except those granted by his master. It is a voluntary service that a person places himself in as a result of total awe and respect for his master, and from whom a person would not wish to be separated from for any reason.

Jesus Christ is the master, the one to whom any reasonably thinking person would gladly place themselves in subordination to, because of all of the advantages and freedoms and blessings that await them in their choice of Christ as their personal advisor and guide for life.

'Brother to James,' serves to further identify Jude as the brother of Jesus. Joseph and Mary had several children, all of which were never identified. But then they are not the primary subject of the Bible. If they were mentioned, then various religions would have them set in stained glass, hanging from beaded necklaces and otherwise elevated to some sort of supernatural status, which they do not possess.

All human beings, even the children of Joseph and Mary, even Joseph and Mary, are equally helpless in this world and subject to the Lake of Fire unless they believe in the only Son of God, Jesus Christ. Joseph, Mary, and all of their children are no exception.

They may have been given a unique blessing by being in the same family with Jesus, but then we all are given blessings which are unique to each one of us and appropriate to our individual lives.

Jude identifies the one and only God, the Father, who is identified as such by His role in the Plan of God, and the target of access by so many beliefs and religions around the world, but who are all rejected because they reject the only authorized path to the Father, through Jesus Christ. For it is Christ which separates our faith from all others.

It is through Jesus Christ alone that we have a relationship with God, who in eternity past looked down through the tunnel of human history and saw our faith decision, and by that decision elected us into His own personal family. An election which is equally open and available to all human beings.

Rom. 8:30
30 and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. NASB

1 Cor. 1:24-25
24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. NASB

Eph. 4:4-6
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. NASB

2 Peter 1:3-4
3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. NASB

1 Thess. 5:23-24
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. NASB

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