The Firsts: Jude – Complete

“Jude 1: 3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.” [NIV]

We walked into the arms of a Savior who promised grace and mercy if we would repent…and we did.  We are “those who have been called…to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.”  The accountability of our faith is what we’re being challenged to fight/contend for.  

Faith opened our eyes.  We recognized we couldn’t live without God’s guidance [at least in some areas].  Then we found ourselves with nagging thoughts that were undeniable evidence we ARE still living like we can do it on our own [at least in some areas].  We are victims of one last flaw, we’re still human. It’s easier to contend for the doctrine we can easily identify than it is to deal with the reality that repentance is still a work in progress.  Complete repentance is the internal struggle we “contend” for on behalf of the faith “that was once for all entrusted” to us. 

This is our plan of action…
“Jude 1:20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. 22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.”

This is God’s plan of action…
“Jude 1:24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!  Amen.”

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