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Contending For The Truth

Jude addressed certain Christians saying, “I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). Commenting on the phrase, “contend earnestly,” Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words suggests that the expression means "to contend about a thing, as a combatant." “Earnestly” insinuates that the contending is done with intensity and diligence.

To “contend earnestly” in no way permits one to be rude, belligerent, dishonest, or deceitful in the presentation of truth; such behavior is itself, unchristian, and will likely do more harm than good for the cause of Christ. One’s conduct must be becoming of a Christian even when “contending earnestly” for the faith. However, to “contend earnestly” does demand more than a passive interest in the defense and advancement of truth. To “contend earnestly for the faith” one must be “set for the defense of the gospel” (Philippians 1:17), be ready to give answer to everyone who asks for a reason for the hope that is in him (1Peter 3:15), and share the Word of God urgently at all times when there is an opportunity to do so (2Timothy 4:2). To “contend earnestly for the faith” does not forbid one from being poignant and persuasive with the truth as long as one is meek, humble, patient, and not quarrelsome (2Timothy 2:24-26).

Considering that the world about us is entrenched in unbelief and false doctrine and that many are hostile toward Christianity these days, perhaps it is necessary for us to be reminded that we need to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” Soldiers of Christ, arise!

 

Reading The Gospel of John

Assuming that we have interpreted the evidence correctly and that tradition is right, John the son of Zebedee wrote the gospel which bears his name, but nowhere mentions him by name.  We have in the gospel of John, a book about Jesus-- a book written by inspiration by the man who was perhaps closer to Jesus than any man while Jesus was on earth.  John was one of Jesus’ twelve chosen apostles (Luke 6:13-16) and was one of the three that went with Jesus and saw things the other apostles did not see; John was one of three apostles who accompanied Jesus to Jarius’ house when Jarius’ daughter was raised from the dead (Mark 5:35-38); who witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration and heard the voice of God say, “This is My Beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased. Hear Him” (Matthew 17:1-5); and who accompanied Jesus farthest into the garden where Jesus prayed the night of His betrayal (Matthew 26:36-37).  John is believed to be the disciple “whom Jesus loved”, who leaned against Jesus at “the last supper”, and the one to whom Jesus, at His death, entrusted the care of His mother (John 13:23; 19:26). John writes about Jesus from a unique perspective and furnishes his readers with information not found in the synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  For those who want to know more about Jesus and increase their faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, the gospel of John is a “must read”!

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Reading The Scriptures

God wants us to know the scriptures; he wants us to read them or have them read to us, and for good reasons!  Both the Old Testament and the New Testament teach this by way of commands and examples. 

Last Updated on Friday, 14 January 2011 11:30

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What Must I Do To Be Saved?

No question is more important than this. We make many important decisions in life regarding matters such as education, marriage, and occupation. But none is as transcending as that which affects our soul's eternity (Matt. 16:26).

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"Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?"

Luke 9:23-25