Light In The Darkness: June 20, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Beloved, being very eager to write to you of our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” — Jude 3

Jude says that we have a responsibility to contend for the faith (that body of revealed truth that Jesus commanded us to teach others as we make disciples). We are to stand firm against all who would deny or pervert that truth.

There are four things regarding the faith that I draw from this passage in Jude.  The first is that there is a faith that has been delivered once and for all to the saints of God. It is complete and needs nothing added to it. Those who would do so are in error.

The second is that this faith is worth contending for. Indeed, if that truth be lost then all is lost for it is the truth that sets men free, not some perverted version of the truth.

The third is that this faith is repeatedly threatened from within. The greatest enemy of the true faith has never been the world “out there.”

It has always been the enemy within the very walls of the church. We need to be aware of this and be constantly on our guard.

Last of all, it is the responsibility of every genuine believer to contend for the faith.

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