Contending for the Faith

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Jude planned to write “about our common salvation.” But he changed his mind. Instead, using a Greek word used here for the only time in the Bible, Jude said that his readers needed to “contend earnestly” for the faith.

Jude warned that the Body of Christ had been invaded by people who seemed to have all the right characteristics, interests, and beliefs. But these people actually were “ungodly” and had the wrong motives. They were not living for God or seeking first His Kingdom. Their hearts were not motivated by the love of Christ, but rather by the lusts of the flesh.

They claimed to be followers of Jesus, but in fact, they “deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” In fact, these people cared only for themselves. They were complainers. Grumblers. Mockers. Their speech was filled with arrogance, and they specialized in flattering others “for the sake of gaining an advantage.”

This was not a new problem. Jude reminded them that it had been faced in Heaven when angels rebelled, and when the Israelites were leaving Egypt.

It’s also a problem we face today. How should we react? First, by “building yourselves up on your most holy faith.” Seeking to grow in Christ. Personally becoming stronger in our faith. Second, by “praying in the Holy Spirit.” Stirring up the presence of the Spirit. Tapping into His power.

While exercising discernment, we cannot be judgmental but must be filled with love and mercy. We must not compromise, but seek to stay pure and abstain from anything that pollutes our lives.

Make sure that you heed Jude’s warning. Be on guard. Alert. Vigilant. Be a person who contends for the faith.