Posted by: bshelley | February 24, 2009

Contend Earnestly for the Faith

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Today’s Verse: Jude 3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt it necessary to write to you appealing that you contend for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. NASB

Twice in this brief letter we are told that what we have in the scriptures, the faith, is all we are going to get. “Once for all handed down”. There were then as now some who would desire to teach some “new” truth or discover some secret numbering system which would reveal some deeper understanding.  The scriptures say of themselves that they are complete. There is only the task of telling that wonderful news to others in Christ’s love. We must by definition know the truth before we can very ably contend for it certainly. A lack of Bible knowledge is rife amongst Christians today. One of my favorite instructors used to say, “Put your eyes on the scripture and you’ll be amazed at what you will learn”. As I continually read God’s word and study available resources on the culture and times, I am amazed at what depth exists for those who will but invest precious time to study. God never fails to bless me with a better understanding of the faith handed down complete. I am satisfied that what we have, in God’s word, is all we need to do the job before us. Let’s get out there and contend for the faith.

May God bless your heart as you seek His.

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  1. I agree we must look into the Word. The new believer can still testify about Jesus by sharing their story.

  2. Welcome and thanks for the comment! I do want to pose a thought you might consider as to what a new convert or any other can testify to. I would pose that the only testimony that we can have as Christians is that which we find in God’s word. Let me explain. If I were to say, for example, that ever since I put on Christ I haven’t smoked (done drugs, kicked my dog, etc) so Jesus healed me of that vice. Now consider someone who has just become a Muslim having the exact same experience having been freed from some problem as soon as they became Muslim. In their experience, Mohammad or Alah healed them. Both are experiencial and the liklyhood that their lives were changed just as they say they were is probably just as they say. Do you see the issue with personal testimonies being defined as that which we share with others as proof that Jesus was and is who He claimed to be? The eye and ear witness of Christ by the apostles and other inspired New Testament writers was to be sufficient. God bless you as you seek His heart. Again, please stop by again. Bryan

  3. Good post, Bshelly. God’s Word, plans, purposes, appointments for man, outcomes, eternity…..all PERFECT. Even in Eden. Adam and Eve were ‘appointed once to die.’ God purposed them in His ‘image.’ After they experienced ‘good’ through their time of daily perfect fellowship with Him….next they would experience ‘evil’ through fellowship with death. After they had eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, God said, Gen. 3:22 “Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil:..” .Now man is as God intended…in His ‘image.’ God’s works are perfect from Beginning to End. God’s perfect fairness fully equipped man to choose his pleasure…Good (God) or Evil (Satan). And the ending of ‘choosing… is receiving consequences of choices made. Again, happy I came across your God-honoring site. I’m at internetelias.wordpress.com

  4. Thanks for your comments. Please don’t be a stranger. Bryan


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