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08/29/2017

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Contending For The Faith


"Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints" (Jude3).

Since the devotionals for the past 2 months came from the epistle of James, Jesus' brother, I thought it might be worthwhile to hear from another brother of Jesus in his short letter. Jude was one more biological brother of Jesus who accepted His teachings and went on to be an influential person in the 1st century. His short letter, consisting of only one chapter and 25 verses, has some powerful things to say. We know who Jude is because he identified himself 1st as a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and secondly as the brother of James in his greeting... (Vs 1) The death and ascension of Jesus left James as the oldest male in the family, so it is hardly surprising that he took a leadership role in the church at Jerusalem. We might have known little about Jude had it not been for this short letter... The 1st message that Jude has for us is found in today's verse... He said he wanted to to write about our common salvation, but there was something else on his mind... He said this; I felt it necessary to write to you appealing that you content earnestly for the faith.... Perhaps the question you might have here is what it means to contend earnestly for the faith. It seems to me that there was something was going on there that had the ability to pull believers away from the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints... The saints here not only refers to those folks Jude was writing to 2,000 years ago, but us too. Just like them, we are entrusted with that faith. It would seem to me that that the truth was being attacked, and those to which it was entrusted (us) need to defend it! There is no "flip/flopping" allowed when it comes to the truth of God's Word. There is a finality to it and it is not subject to change. Thus, Jude believed that we today must contend earnestly (that means whole-heartedly) for that faith. What do you think?

Have a great day.... Do good and give God the credit.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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