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From the PastorA solid faith in a changing world
May 21, 2012
We live in a changing world, yet we are a people of an unchanging faith. We believe in a God who tells us that he is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). The world we live in may change, languages shift and develop in different ways, styles of architecture, of dress, of music, even of food may change, but the gospel we hold to does not change.
When Jude writes his little letter to believers, he is concerned that some have come along who want Christians to think that things have changed, that the faith is not what it used to be, that Christians should adjust our standards to be more like the world. But Jude gives believers this word: “I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” This faith which has been once for all delivered to the saints is not a message that changes with society but a message delivered in the past that remains forever true for the people of God. That which God has given us and instructed us and called from us will never change. We hold to a faith once for all delivered to the saints.
Jude follows Peter (2 Peter 2:1) and John (2 John 7) in warning believers that there are all will be scoffers, deceivers, false teachers seeking to mislead those in Christ (Jude 17-19), so Jude encourages and exhorts believers to be built up in the faith, deepened in the things of God, secure on the foundation that is Christ, full of prayer and love and patience as we wait and trust in God’s timing, knowing one day he will come to bring an end to all wickedness.
When Jude concludes his letter, he does so with a great confidence for believers: in verses 24-25 he points them to the One who is able to keep them from stumbling, able to perfect them, able to present them blameless before the throne of God, able to protect them from every false teaching, every wind of error in our age. He points them to Jesus for trust and obedience, knowing that Jesus will lead his sheep safely home.