Periodically on the internet you come across stories like this, ‘Teen girl uses crazy strength to lift burning car off dad‘.
In times like this, people are fighting for what they hold dear and contending for what they love. Here in Jude 1.3-4, we see the same.
3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
So Jude actually wanted to write to these believers about salvation (v.3), but instead he writes a short letter urging them to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. He is asking them to fight for what they hold dear, and to contend for that which they love.
The reason is given in v.4, because there are people who pervert the grace of God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Jude is exhorting his readers, and us, to fight for the faith, meaning the core doctrines and truths of Christianity, the core teachings and truths of the faith that is common to all of us, the faith that brings us into community.
When we see those who teach and live this idea that because of God’s amazing, saving, justifying, sanctifying, and ultimately glorifying grace we can simply live how we like because grace covers it all, Jude encourages and exhorts us to take a stand, to contend for the faith. The same is true of those who deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
There are some who may take the truth of God’s grace and turn the grace of our God into lewdness. But this doesn’t mean there is anything wrong or dangerous about the message of God’s grace. It simply shows how corrupt the human heart is.
Today then, let us fight for the faith, let us wrestle for the faith, and let us contend for the faith.
Let us do this in word – the way we speak of our faith, and the way we lovingly challenge those who speak contrary to our faith.
Let us do this in walk – the way we live our faith.
Let us fight for what we hold dear, and let us contend for what we love.
Point to ponder – How can I contend for the faith today?
Prayer – Father, we know that ours is a faith worth fighting for, we know that ours is faith worth loving, and we thank you for how you have shown us that ours is a faith worth dieing for. Help us today to contend for the faith in all that we say and do, for your name’s sake and for your glory. Amen.
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