Rev. Wayne Sanders
Contending for the Faith
April 7, 2021
Jude 1:3 (KJV)
3 “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
Jude was going to address believers with a general letter of encouragement on the topic of “the salvation we share,” but felt the need to urge them to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.
The gospel of Jesus Christ was under attack by false teachers then, and it is certainly under the same type of false, dangerous heresies brought before us in today's world.
The Greek word Jude chooses, translated "contend earnestly," usually describes an athlete striving with extreme intensity to win the victory in a physical competition. The Amplified Bible translates the command as "fight strenuously for [the defense of] the faith."
Jude 1:4 (KJV)
“For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.”
We need to give it all that we got in driving back any darkness that will oppose the truth of the Gospel in Jesus's name, amen.
Thank You, Father, that You have entrusted us, Your believers, to set up defenses against the enemies of our faith. Why are we looking for a new revelation when we don’t even understand the ones that are right in front of us. Help us, Father, by Your Holy Spirit to receive the teachings of Christ. In Jesus's name I pray, Amen.
Blessings on the journey, and remember that the best is yet to come.