3 John 13–15 (ESV)
13 I had much to write to
you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink. 14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.
15 Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends, each by name.
The Final Greeting is similar to 2 John, so I’m going to pass on this and move on to Jude.
1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James,
To those who are called, beloved in God the Father
and kept for Jesus Christ:
2 May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.
This letter was written by Jude around 68 AD, about the time that Peter
and Paul were martyred. Jude is the greek form of the Hebrew name Judah. Two possibilities are 1) the Apostle Jude and 2) Jude, the brother of Jesus (and James). Most attribute the author to the latter. The Lutheran Study Bible
states the following. The letter of Jude warns against those who, having gained admission to the church, were perverting the grace of God, denying “our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ”.
He is writing to “those who are called” who are the believers in Jesus Christ. This is found in Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according
to his purpose.” Again I simply get blown away how God is the one who calls us, washes us in our Baptism, forgives us, renews us, and welcomes us into His Kingdom. We are wired to try and take credit for itself, but it is God’s
work in us. Jesus states this when he says: "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”
[John 15:16 (ESV)] You truly are a Child of God! Verse 2 states: “2 May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.” I pray: Lord, you have called me, help me to walk according to your ways, and pick me
up when I fall. Thank you for your mercy, peace and love. Lord teach me how to share this love with others. Amen.”