Sunday, January 12, 2014
Jude 3b, Part II
Jude states that he is writing "of the common salvation". His thoughts to follow are to preserve this salvation, but just what does "common salvation" mean? In the law, the people not of Israel were called "common people" (Lev. 4:27). You can see where this is headed, praise God. When God comes to Peter in a dream, Peter saw various wild beasts, and God told him to rise, kill, and eat. Peter told God no because he had never eaten anything common! God told him, "What God hath cleaned, that call not thou common." (Acts 10:9-16). This was God telling him to begin a ministry to the Gentiles. Peter preached a message to them and the Holy Ghost came upon the Gentiles as well (Acts 10:17-48). God, being "no respecter of persons" made salvation common to all (Eph. 2:11-22)! The Word of God calls other things common to men as well (Eccl. 6:1-another enjoying one's riches; I Cor. 10:13-temptations), but no greater thing can man share than God's gift in Acts 10 to create a "common salvation", a "common faith" (Tit. 1:4), that all can partake of.