Contending for the Faith

Contending for the Faith
January 12, 2020
Passage: Jude 3
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The book of Jude may be an often overlooked book in the New Testament. It’s a short book, and 

It’s written by Jude, introduced by himself. But, with some controversy, as to who wrote it. The brother of James, which narrows down which Jude it may be referencing,. Matthew 13:55. Jesus had a brother by the name of James but also a brother by the name of Judas. So, likely this was the half brother of the Lord Jesus.

  • Acts 2:13,14 

This is the human writer of the book of Jude. Ultimately as with every book of scripture the author is God. 

  • 2 Timothy 3:16,17

The word of God is profitable for us. All scripture is inspired. The book of Jude is inspirted and important for us to understand And, he discusses very important topics. 

A Common Salvation 

He talks about a common salvation. There is a danger in taking this for granted. We take it for granted that the gospel is available for all. We're told to go into ll the world, to preach to all nations, to make disciples of all. 

Similarly, the founding fathers deemed that All Men are created equal.

In the Old Testament God made a covenant with individual groups of people. He only made His covenant a specific covenant for a specific people. 

  • Deuteronomy 9:4

He’s telling the Jews before they enter into the promised land because they are a better, more righteous people, but that he’s giing it to them as a fulfillment of the promise made to their fathers. 

The Jews by the 1st century had come to think they were more righteous than other people. 

In Romans, Paul points out how this is not true. They were guilty of the very things they condemned the Gentiles of. 

The Jews were not better than the gentiles, they  were not more righteous. 

  • Romans 3:23

They were guilty of perversion of the law of God. All of us are equally in need of salvation. A common salvation was not readily acceptable in the early church. 

  • Acts 1:8

No doubt, what we read of Peter and the other apostles at this time, they were thinking it only applied to the Jews. He had to be lead by the Spirit, to understand that what God called clean he was to not call it unclean. 

The gospel began with the Jews but it was to spread to the Gentiles. 

  • Acts 11:2,3

They accused Peter of being a sinner, consorting with Gentiles. The Jews could not give up the distinction they made between the Jews and Gentiles. 

  • Acts 15:1

They accepted that the Jews and Gentiles were under the gospel. The church of Antioch was a group of almost exclusively Gentiles. Yet, these Jewish Christians came to Antioch and began to teach them they were to follow both Christ and the law of Moses. 

The gospel does away with this idea and Paul had to address this situation. 

  • Matthew 28:19

The gospel is for all. All are equal in God’s eyes. 

A common salvation means we are equal in the sight of God.

  • Galatians 3:28

He wanted to write about this common salvation. But, there were other things that had come in that were causing the faith to be in danger. So he had to write about this common faith.

The Common Faith

The modern world talks about a many faiths within the faith. This teaching is in direct contradiction to the word.

  • Matthew 16:18
  • John 14:6
  • Jude 3
  • Acts 6:7

They obeyed the word of God. The faith is the word of God.

  • 2 John 9

What is the doctrine of Christ? It comes from scripture. The teaching of Christ is part of the faith. Our relationship to the faith defines our relationship with God 

The Unchanging Faith

  • Jude 3

It was given once, for all. It was given for all time.  Many people believe we need a new gospel today. But, this teaches us that the faith was given, once for all.

  • Matthew 19:9

Many say the message needs to be changed to fit the culture. But the truth is the culture needs to change to fit the message.

  • Acts 2:17
  • Hebrews 1:1,2

In the last days… the Kingdom of Christ is the last days, we are sill in the last days 

  • Hebrews 13:8

The Christian faith cannot change. Thus, we must be obedient to it as it is written.

Earnestly Contend for the Faith

The word earnestly is added to as a qualifier for how we are to contend for hte faith. We are to contend for the faith, but not contentious.

  • Titus 3:2
  • Matthew 5:38,39
  • Romans 12:18

Christianity is a peaceful religion. Contrast this with the religion of peace which is called, Islam.

 “The Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah” — Sahih Muslim 1:33

They were commanded to fight in a warfare of physical struggle. 

“Kill them wherever you find them… And fight them until there is no more unbelief and worship is for Allah alone” — Quran 2:191-193

They are taught that if they don’t convert they are to be killed. 

In Christianity we are taught to live peaceably. We are to fight spiritually with the sword, which is the word.

  • Ephesians 6:11,12

The kingdom is spiritual It doesn’t fight physical battles. 

  • John 18:36
  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

We defend the faith. We earnestly contend for the faith by teaching the gospel.

  • 1 Peter 3:15

This is the duty of every Christian to share the gospel. 

  • Romans 1:16

Paul wasn’t ashamed of the gospel. But, many are ashamed. In our society, the gospel is spoken against, thus, many are ashamed. But, we can learn from Paul, as he contended for the faith. Are we willing to stand up for the gospel? 

We must make our stand on the gospel because there is not other option. We can only contend for the faith once we obey the gospel 

We must believe that he is the son of God. we mus repent of our sins, confess the name of Jesus Christ, with our mouth and not be ashamed of it. We must be baptized t o have sins washed away, and live a faithful life dedicated to contend for the faith of Christ. 

By: Jack McNiel, Evangelist