Defending the Faith in Dark Days
When Jude began his letter, his original intention was to write a general letter about the "salvation that Christians share". But, he adapted & pointed his concern to urging the believers to "contend for the faith".
As he began to write, the Holy Spirit compelled him to appeal to his reader earnestly to "contend for the faith which was once (for all) delivered unto the saints.
As one translation has it "Put up a real fight for the faith which has been once for all committed to those who belong to Christ."
He reminds us of the fact that it is our solemn duty, as believers, to defend the faith in these days of apostasy and declension in which we are living.
This pre-supposes that the faith is being attacked. Turn on your television and you will conclude as it was in AD 66, when Jude wrote this epistle, as verse 4 makes clear, it is also true today.
In those days "wolves" had come into the fold in sheep's clothing, and the same is true today. Friend we should be alarmed at the evil forces which are at work inside the Church. It is the clear duty of every believer to defend the faith.
2 Cor. 11:13-15
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
I. WHAT ARE WE TO DEFEND?
The answer is; "The faith once (for all) delivered to the saints; that is, we are to defend the whole body of revealed truth which is contained in the whole of the inspired canon of scripture, the Word of God.
Sam Gordon in his book on Jude tells us that they were to defend the faith that some people were denying. To preserve the Faith that some people are perverting and to contend for the Faith that some people were corrupting.
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