We have been given the call to contend. God, through Jude, has described how to contend and who it is we are contending against. In all of this, we should not be surprised. Especially, we should not be stunned by people who live in sin. Jude 17-19 reminds us of the fact these times and instances were predicted and prophesied by the apostles of Jesus Christ (verse 17), these people were said to be scoffers and ungodly (verse 18), and they would be exposed as those devoid of the Spirit (verse 19). In sharp contrast to people who are against God, we are called to be different. We not only fight for the faith; we grow in the faith. Jude 20-21 shows us this, “But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keeping yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.” As we contend for the faith, we should be growing in the faith. Growing in the faith involves building up and praying in the Holy Spirit. Spirit-driven and Spirit–empowered prayer are critical in the Christian life. As we do that, we will be able to remain in the love of God and be kept by Him. This is because of the mercy of God as we wait and endure for eternal life with Him. Understanding His mercy, we extend that mercy to those who doubt, with the hope it will point them to Christ, it will allow them to hate their sin, and that they will find salvation in Him. For those who have found salvation in Christ and fight in contending for the faith, we praise God together: “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now forever. Amen” (verses 24-25).
- In contending for the faith, Christians are called to live different from the world? How is this proved true in your life?