Athlete, Contend for the faith

"Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ."  Jude 1:3-4

Jude was writing this powerful short letter to a group of Christians who were facing the pressures of false teachers, persecution and spiritual drifting. Jude saw the dangers of "ungodly people perverting the grace of God" in the early church.  In response to this spiritual dilemma, Jude challenged Christ followers to "contend for the faith." The challenges Jude was warning against remain challenges for Christ followers today.

To contend means to compete. Could you imaging competing and knowing with 100% assurance that you are going to win? The phrase, "that was once and for all delivered to the saints," is a reminder that in Christ your victory is assured. If you have trusted Christ as your Savior and Lord you can know that you are on the winning team.

This assured victory we, as believers, have in Christ does not mean that we can or should rest on our bums. We are still called to compete. There is work to be done, we are to contend for the faith.

Over the next four days we will dive deeper into how to practically contend for the faith in our lives. For now consider the freedom that comes when you know the victory has already been won.





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