Theme: God Does Not Forsake His People
Text: “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” – Jude 3.
Comment: That the reward of eternal life is herein presented as “common” by the apostle, Jude, does not in any way suggest it is cheap, negligible, or not worth striving for. It means that it is open to all, by God’s grace. One, having been called to run the race of everlasting life, is expected to prove himself worthy of the invitation by bringing forth fruits meet for repentance, (Matthew 3:8) and being careful to maintain good works. – Titus 3:8.
Today’s exhortation highlights an aspect of such good works, which is, using the knowledge of the truth one has gained to defend and enhance theocratic courses. This was demonstrated during the trial of Apostle Paul as a result of which Festus declared, “Paul thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.” Paul in his resilience was undaunted. He responded, “I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.” At the end of his captivating elucidation of Bible truths, St. Paul asked: “King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets?” He answered the question on his behalf when he said, “I know that thou believest.” At this point, an overwhelmed Agrippa admitted, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” – Acts 26:1-32.
As did apostle Paul, we should at all time be ready “to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” 1 Peter 3:15.