Pastor Wrinkles: Hey Jude Pt. 3

“Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.” Jude 1:2 KJV

The New Testament epistles generally start with a greeting. This greeting has three parts: The writer’s name and credentials, the name of the intended audience and the blessing. I love the short blessing in Jude. So brief. So powerful.

Jude affirms that those called, loved by the Father and sanctified by Jesus possess three incredible blessings. In fact He tells us that these blessings are multiplied in us…that is they are to be growing exponentially.

He blesses first by saying that mercy is given unto us. That is “eleos” is given unto us- “the mercy of Christ, whereby at his return to judgment he will bless true Christians with eternal life. Further it is kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them.” BLB Lexicon

I am so blessed because I have a God who desires to help me! No ifs ands or buts about it God is helping me out of my misery and affliction! Now I could float around that thought for a long time but the blessings roll on.

Jude says says that peace is being multiplied unto me. That is  “eirene” is being strengthened in  me or- the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is. BlB Lexicon

This is the character God is forming in me and man that just makes me so excited. I am going to get to the place where NOTHING   can shake or alarm me.

Finally Jude says that love “agape” is being multiplied in my heart! Oh to love like Jesus loves! Christian these three things are our inheritance. They are not could be’s. They are ought to be’s because these are our blessings in Christ!

Now that preaches!