The Spirits Matters

To read the Bible in a year, read Jude.
The spirit matters, and the flesh means little. You can see this in the opening words of the Letter of Jude, “Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you” (Jude 1:1, 2).
First, although Jude was a physical brother to Jesus, indicated by the fact that Jude was a brother to James, who was the Lord’s brother (Galatians 1:19), Jude made nothing of it. He did note that he was a bondservant to Jesus Christ. A brother of Jesus is not automatically saved, but a loyal bondservant is.
Second, he wrote his Letter to those called and sanctified of God and who are preserved in Jesus Christ, showing that Jude’s spirit brothers far exceeded anything he enjoyed with anyone in the flesh.
Third, he wished upon them the highest blessings, which were not for the body, but rather for the spirit, because the blessings were mercy, peace, and love.
The spirit matters; the flesh means little.

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