Jude 3a – The importance of the "Common Salvation"

The opening statement in Jude 3 seem to indicate that Jude intended to write another letter, one in which he explored the fundamentals of the Christian faith, but felt compelled to write this one instead because of the urgent danger posed by the infiltration of false teachers.

The subject matter of Jude’s letter was originally going to be “the common salvation,” presumably meaning he was going to explore that subject matter. This current letter touches on that subject, but rather than exploring “the common salvation” in detail, he issues a call to action urging his readers to defend the faith (which is grounded in that common salvation).

The phrase “common salvation” reminds the reader of the corporate nature of the Christian faith. To be a Christian, one must agree with what Christians have believed at all times and in every place. “Salvation” is the deliverance of God’s people from sin and judgment. It is both present, in that God’s people enjoy the benefits of salvation and reconciliation with god in this life, and eschatological, pointing toward the ultimate salvation (v. 21). These are significant in this context because, as the rest of epistle makes clear, the false teachers are perverting the nature of sin, judgment, and salvation.

Jude’s epistle focuses quite a bit on the eschatological (that is ultimate and end-of-world) judgment and accountability. He looks backward to provide an example of what is to come when the Lord returns “with ten thousand of his saints to execute judgment on all” (v. 14-15). So when Jude speaks of our “salvation,” he is speaking of our deliverance from the wrath of God. He wants them to be pure so they will enjoy “the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” (v. 21) which we will enjoy if we are found “faultless before the presence of his glory” (v. 24).

That this is the common faith makes clear that it is held by those everywhere and in all times who have been delivered from the wrath of God. This leaves no room for new interpretations or understandings but only for proclamation of what God himself has revealed to deliver us from wrath.

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About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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One Response to Jude 3a – The importance of the "Common Salvation"

  1. Luis Delgado says:

    THE UNITY OF GOD “The glory that you gave me, I have given, to be one, as we are one. I in them, and you in me to be perfect in Unity, for the world to get from you sent me, and that you loved them as I too have loved you “(John 17,22-23)Unity is one of the most valuable and beautiful ideas which are highlighted in the Scriptures. Appears implicit in the moment of creation when God begins to order selection, beauty, diversity, and life to things. Because the creation reflects the Unity of God. Even the participation of the Triune God reflected Unit, when God uses the plural word “make man in our image, after our likeness” (Gn.1, 26). But the Unity of God is the one element that permeates so also in the man that he is “image of God” (Gn.1, 27). That is, does that image fit the man to be in unity with God, that God speaks to this subject and to God. But God added a second unit in the form of a man and a bookshop in this loneliness. God created women to be both close to varon “one flesh” (Gn.2, 24). In this way there was a paradise in the perfect unity of man with God and of man with his wife (his neighbor). Perhaps for this reason it is emphasized that the Lord Jesus as the great commandment to love God and love of neighbor (Matthew 22,36-40). The tragedy begins when these two types of unit were desecrated following the fall of man in sin. And because of sin by the idea of “unity” turns off the conscience of man. From here, the history of humanity is darkened in a series of events that make the man on a destroyer of all forms of unity. Despite the darkness that gripped humanity, God irradio again the idea of unity in some people such as Noah, Moses, Josue, David, Elias, and so on. However, obscurantism prevalecia more in the heart of man. But God had already devised a way in which the unit is made permanent, and did so with the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ in human history. So that the Lord Jesus becomes an example of “Unity incarnate,” the example of the true man of God united in perfect shape. Jesus is the light of unity that could remove the humanity from the darkness. But as the Unity of God aims to link back to men with their Creator, the unit has been, is and always will be the subject of relentless attack spiritual and earthly forces that oppose it. The Lord Jesus Christ suffered these attacks. His death apparently seems to be the triumph of the opposing forces on the Unity of God, but the resurrection of the Lord Jesus speaks more to the defeat of these forces and the resurrection of the Unit. From here the Unity of God begins to take effect on the fragile minds of men guided by the Holy Spirit, and takes its group with the appearance of the Church of Christ. Finally, the apocalypse describes the ultimate triumph of the Unity of God over all the opposing forces, and the exaltation of that unit that has always existed in eternity: God and the Lamb (Revelation 22:1). It also presents the final work of God on the conscience of man to forge unity in the idea of permanently improved over humanity (the sons of God). No doubt that anything exists, the unit is the most glorious God who has witnessed the man because the unit is not only an idea but an attribute of God and that He would like to share with their sons.

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