“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.”
July 9, 2022
In this verse, many translations use the word sanctified. But some Bible scholars tell us that's not the best translation. Rather than sanctified, we might use beloved. Sanctified is good, but beloved is better in this particular instance because it tells something of the nature of God's special people. What's the difference? As an example, I love the members of my church, but Joyce is my beloved and there's a difference. She is my love; she is special. Who is the beloved of God? The Lord Jesus. He is God’s beloved Son in whom He is well pleased. (See Matthew 3:17.) It is by Jesus that we are accepted, therefore God sees us as He sees Jesus, and God's name for His own dear children is beloved. The word beloved is a perfect participle. What does that mean? It means there’s a finished action in the past that has a result in the present. It is something that cannot be changed; it is fixed. Because of what was done in the past, we are and will forever be God's beloved.
Make a list of what it means for God’s people to be His beloved. What promises do you know from the Bible for God’s beloved?