The book of Jude is written for believers who live in the end days. Jude focuses on apostasy. Jude encourages believers to be vigilant of false teachers and their lifestyles that reflect their twisted attitudes. Jude emphasizes the danger believers find themselves in because of the false teaching that threatens the church. Believers find themselves living in a unique time in the history of humanity. Jude provides advice for living in the end times that we cannot ignore. It is small but full of teaching. Believers must be able to recognize false teaching so that they do not get deceived. Believers must know the gospel, defend it and protect it, acknowledging the Lordship of Christ within the way Christians live their lives. Believers’ faith must be worked out in their lives. By accepting His authority through our study of Scripture, we will be able to recognize and reject false teaching and those who would cause spiritual harm.
1 Peter is written to believers who were dispersed throughout the ancient world. They were undergoing severe persecution. Peter was no stranger to persecution. He had been beaten, threatened, punished, and jailed for preaching the Word of God. He endured without bitterness, losing hope, living an obedient life. Hope in Jesus Christ and following His example is the message Peter wants to convey to believers. Even though believers are being persecuted, Peter wants them so see this as a time of rejoicing. He says it is a privilege to suffer for Christ's sake, just as He suffered for them. Peter talks about his experiences with Jesus and makes reference to his sermons in the book of Acts. He points out that Satan is the enemy of Christians. The assurance of Christ's return gives hope. Assurance of eternal life is provided to Christians. Peter says that one way to identify with Christ is to share in His suffering. Today Christians endure insults and slurs from those who oppose Christ.
The first half of Colossians is a theological exposition that includes a weighty understanding of Christology. The second half is a Christian ethics exposition in which Paul addresses aspects of Christian life. Areas covered include the individual life, home and family, work and relationships. Paul writes about the Lordship of Jesus Christ and His sufficiency for our lives. This sufficiency applies to our salvation and our sanctification. Believers must know and understand the gospel so that they do not get trapped by legalism and heresy. Christ must be at the center of our lives as our Savior and Lord. The Bible, where we learn about Christ, must be the preeminent source of our knowledge, attitudes and actions. Christianity stands on its own as believers strive to apply Christ as the absolute standard of moral conduct and see Him as the basis of our eternal future.