Monday, October 7, 2019

Contending Earnestly 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. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ." (Jude 3-4)

        The inspired author's mention of "our common salvation" is a reference to the body of apostolic preaching and doctrine delivered to the churches during the first century.

        Jude was writing to warn against professing Christians who perverted the doctrine of grace and rejected the Lordship of Jesus Christ. These men are characterized as vile and godless. It is from these men that we must disassociate.

        Consequently, the doctrine that was originally laid out by the apostles is to be pitted against those who preach contradictory doctrine. We have been called to steadfastly maintain the purity of the gospel. In so doing, we must also keep a clean conscience.

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