Jude 20–25 (NKJV)
The previous passages encouraged believers to contend for their most holy faith and to reject the seduction of the apostates in the church. Today, Jude moves into a further discussion of healthy, strong faith.
20 But you, beloved, 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.Jude 20-23
22 And on some have compassion, making a distinction; 23 but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.
Jude tells the beloved to build themselves up on their most holy faith. He is calling them to a pure, undefiled faith, demonstrated by spending time in the presence of the Lord, praying in the Holy Spirit, and being kept in the grip of God’s love for their eternal salvation and showing other the love of God so that they may also experience the grace and mercy of God. He then discusses how to reach the lost, because different methods and levels of urgency are appropriate for different people. Therefore, Jude instructs the reader to make a distinction. On some you can offer compassion and a reasonable presentation of the gospel that can win those who respond to that type of method and message. Others, however, need a direct intervention type of witness, basically snatching them from the fire of destruction, even though they may be sullied by the stench of the flesh. Christians should be sensitive and minister in a way that is effective for the individual, knowing that everyone responds to different stimuli in different ways. Use discernment and reach souls in the fashion that reaches them best.
24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,Jude 24-25
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25 To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
Jude ends the letter with a powerful benediction that gives praise to God, motivation to the believer, and then recognizes God as the Savior, alone wise among others who claim wisdom. Jude offers praise, glory, majesty, dominion, and power as attributes of God. He declares that God is all these things for eternity, without end. Jude has addressed apostasy in the church, the need for devotion in following God, and the need for an effective witness in the world in which we live. Jude checks off a lot of boxes, and does so with passion and authority. Look out for those who would lead you astray, and contend for the faith, building yourself up on your most holy faith. God is looking for dedicated and powerful witnesses who will not be duped by those who fight against God. Build up and stay strong!