Guard Your Faith

I hope we are taking a cautious look at what we accept, believe, and declare about our salvation. The early church was commanded to guard their faith and salvation. Jude v3 suggests that we should contend for the Faith – this means we should fight, question, and stand firm against heresies that arise in opposition to the faith of the Church. Jude states, “ Dear friends, although I was eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I found it necessary to write to you and urge you to continue your vigorous defense of the faith that was passed down to the saints once and for all.”  (ISV)

Two key thoughts are at work in this verse, the meaning of the words “salvation” and “faith.” By using the term salvation here, the Gk word (soteria), Jude is referring to the Gospel’s account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the key source of our salvation. Jude is also using “faith” the Gk word (pistis) as a noun. By the “faith” is meant the doctrine of faith, in which sense it is used whenever faith is said to be preached, obeyed, departed from or made ineffective.  Sometimes it is called the word of faith, the faith of the Gospel, the mystery of faith, or most holy faith, the common faith, and, as here, faith only; and refers to the whole format of Christian truths to be believed.

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