How Do We Contend for the Faith?
Jude writes an inspired epistle in which his original purpose was to write about the common salvation that he and the Christian audience shared together. Yet he had a more pressing concern to write about contending for the faith (Jude 1:3). But how exactly do Christians contend for the faith?
Throughout Jude's epistle, Jude focuses upon the false teachers that have infiltrated congregations of the Lord's church. He speaks of the judgment that they will receive if they do not repent of their wayward teachings. It is not until close to the end of Jude’s letter that he gives attention to actually telling us how to contend for the faith. He gives it in the form of some specific commands in Jude 1:20-23 listed below:
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith,
Praying in the Holy Spirit,
Keep yourselves in the love of God,
Looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
And on some have compassion, making a distinction;
But others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire,
Hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.
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