Contending for the faith…
I’ve been meditating on the Book of Jude today. When I opened my Bible this morning, Ephesians was my destination, but Jude was where I landed.
Twenty-five verses in one chapter is a quick read, so I did a comparison.
Between the tender greeting (vs 1-2) and the glorious doxology (vs 24-25), there is a consensus – “contend for the faith.”
Eugene Peterson puts it this way:
“I have to write insisting—begging!—that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish.” The Message
The problem? Some in the church were promoting “cheap grace.”
“Their design is to replace the sheer grace of our God with sheer license—which means doing away with Jesus Christ, our one and only Master.” The Message
Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship