Zeal in Defense of the Gospel

From Pastor’s Desk: 6-3-12

I exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 3).

In the conquests of thy might,
May I loyally delight;
In thy ever-spreading reign,
Triumph as my greatest gain:
Make me conscious by this sign,
Gracious Saviour, I am thine.

By definition, zeal means “fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence; ardor.” “Fervor is great warmth and earnestness of feeling.” Contend is defined as “1. to struggle in opposition: to contend with the enemy for control of the port. 2. to strive in rivalry; compete; vie. 3. to strive in debate; dispute earnestly.

With the definitions of these words in mind, and paralleled with Scriptural meanings, Jude is aligning himself with other apostles who use phrases like,”fight the good fight”, “run the race”, “walk in the Spirit”, “live in Christ”, etc. Apostles who knew this faith was something precious enough to contend for.

This word is not for the preacher, teacher, minister alone, but for every Child of God. Faith does not come easy. Yes, faith, by portion, is given to everyone, but if we’re not careful, it can be depleted. We are to zealously defend that faith that it may be increased. Increased faith naturally incurs battles.

To stand in a world that it endeavoring desperately to negate the Word of God, one must purpose to continually defend the gospel. After all, it (the gospel) is “the power of God unto salvation” (Rom 1:16). Precious enough to contend for? Unequivocally, Yes!

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