The book of Jude was very likely written by a brother of our Lord, humbly referring to himself as the ‘brother of James’ (who we know to be the brother of our Lord). Supporting that position, Matthew 13:55 clearly confirms one of Jesus’ siblings as being Judas, a popular name during that age, albeit soon to fall into disfavor and reproach thanks to the traitor who later played so prominent a role in the betrayal.
So Jude grows up with brother Jesus, the Perfect One, and eventually gets converted to no longer think Jesus was out of His mind (Mark 3:21, 32 & John 7:5). It is further apparent from this letter that Jude had a convincingly serious encounter with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and recognizes that although intense warfare against the purity of the salvation experience would even come from within the church (spots in their love feasts) there would always be sufficient provision for all saints to make it, and to make it without stumbling – by embracing the God-ordained component of Holy Spirit baptism, and entering into the ongoing lifetime practice of praying in the Holy Spirit – in one’s heavenly language (Acts 2:6, 10:46)
Jude also knew that the craftiness of the enemy could be sufficient to undermine the weakness of our own frail state, when saints would attempt to ‘do it on their own’. Jude, citing multiple prior disastrous fallings away, drives home the point that many who had once stood firm had fallen – both men and angels – had been overcome by demonic doctrines and deceptions.
It is therefore no wonder that our enemy would proactively seek to undermine and distract the people of God from praying in the Holy Spirit, sadly/often even by weak and faulty church teaching.
Yes, the unlearned and unstable may indeed think you’re out of your mind:
1 Corinthians 14:23
Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?
…but we’re already told the gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing.
Saints, build yourselves up, praying in the Holy Spirit. Your spirit will soar in accord with the divine and more than sufficient provision of God’s New Testament design for success. He gave all, He forgave all, He provides all, we need all.
Everything we need – all things that pertain to godliness – all – have been released to us within the perfect plan of God – so it would follow that we’re to appropriate and utilize that full provision.
2 Peter 1:2-3
2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
Here’s the inarguable revelation: We naturally don’t know how to completely come into perfect prayer-alignment with heaven – BUT the Spirit of God supernaturally knows precisely how we’re to pray most effectively, and then James tells us it is the EFFECTUAL fervent prayer of the righteous that avails much.
As we surrender in faith to God’s spirit praying for us, through us, via His Holy Spirit, we can come into perfect alignment, and our prayer maximizes its potential. Yea God!
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
20 But you, beloved, (unlike the prior examples of those who have fallen away, Jude’s saying, by contrast) building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Not only Hey Jude. It’s also Yea Jude!
Thank you for the truths re our determination, activity, and GOD-ordained part in our own standing firm, and not falling away.
Thank you for the testimony and reminder that our great God has never set us up to fall, flounder, or fail.
Thank you for the admonition and encouragement and revelation that we can and ought to build ourselves up (edify/strengthen ourselves) praying in the Holy Spirit.
All scriptures NJKV…